This is the 2nd time in this IPL when Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are going to play with each other. The previous encounter between KKR and KXIP which was 11th match of the season which was not as much interesting as all the other matches of IPL. The performance of KKR in that match was exceptionally awesome because they chased the good total in that match easily. KKR is now at 2nd at the points table and KXIP are at 5th position and seeking for the win which is much needed for them at that stage.
Kolkata bounced back very well from their back-to-back failures when they put an easy 6 wicket win over demlralized RCB in Bengaluru on 6th of May. The Gautam Gambhir’s KKR is now at the second place in the IPL table with 16 points from 12 matches with the help of 8 wins & they would look to consolidate their position with a win over KXIP, who suffered a 6 wicket defeat to Gujarat the other night.
Kolkata showed that they are one of the toughest teams in this IPL 10th edition when they inflicted a humbling defeat on bottom place Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chasing a reasonable 159 for the win yesterday, Kolkata made it easy, rushing to 105 for no loss in just 6 overs which is the all time IPL powerplay total record. They reached the target with 29 balls to spare by the courtesy of Sunil Narine’s blistering 54 runs off 17 balls record joint fastest IPL fifty which was from 15 balls and an equally blistering knock from the big man Chris Lynn who scored 50 runs off just 22 balls. At the end of the match, the KKR skipper said “105 in 6 overs was just unbelievable & it was the best partnership that I had ever seen in my entire career”. If we take a look at the KKR miss and hit experiment of Sunil Narine which they are cashing very well at the top. When Sunil Narine gets going then there was no one stopping them as more often than not Gautham Gambhir & Uthappa have gained on the solid starts given by the West Indian all-rounder. Sunil Narine has come out as an opener in 9 games out of 12 so far and he has scored 194 runs which is very much impressive. Kolkata’s other batsmen like Manish Pandey, Colin de
Grandhomme and Yusuf Pathan will also have to come great tomorrow. Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav and Narine will be the key bowlers on whom Kolkata will mainly bank upon combining with Piyush Chawla and Ankit Rajpoot who also having the ability to support them. Glenn Maxwell led KXIP, on the other hand, have a slender chance to make it to the playoffs as they have only 5 wins after playing 11 matches & are placed at the 5th spot with at IPL points table with 10 points. Kings XI Punjab now must need to win all their remaining matches if they have to stay alive their chances to qualify for the playoffs. Their chances of a playoffs place were severely scratched by their 6 wicket defeat by Gujarat Lions last night. The KXIP was on a roll with back-to-back wins but this defeat caused a serious problem to their playoff hopes. Despite posting a good total of 189 on the board with the courtesy of Hashim Amla’s century, Kings bowlers failed to restrict GL, who performed on a 39 ball 74 by their top batsman the West Indian Smith. Punjab was also mediocre on the field, giving two chances to Smith. They again failed to rise to the moment against Gujarat Lions in a game which they should have won. Now, every game they play will be a knockout game for them. After Kolkata, they face overwhelming MI which will make it a difficult task for them to stay in top 2. Hashim Amla has been their key batsmen with 400+ runs in this IPL so far with two centuries against MI and GL but he has left KXIP to play for South Africa. Besides Amla &Maxwell, they have batsmen of a great caliber like Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra & Axar Patel but they will need to fire in the league. With just over 200+ runs from 11 matches, Maxwell should consider pushing himself up the order to take on the opposition attack right from the start.
Stadium – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
City – Mohali
Capacity – 30000
Ends – Pavilion End, City End
Hosts to – Punjab
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh Pitch Report for International Matches:
Avg 1st innings score – 165
Avg 2nd innings score – 144
Highest Total – 211/4 (19.1 Overs) by Ind vs SL
Highest Chased – 211/4 (19.1 Overs) by Ind vs SL
Lowest Defended – 114/8 (20 Overs) by WIW vs INDW
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh Pitch Report for IPL Matches:
Total matches 45
Matches won batting first 19
Matches won bowling first 26
Average 1st Inns scores 163
Average 2nd Inns scores 152
Highest total recorded 240/5 (20 Overs) by CSK vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded 67/10 (17.1 Overs) by DD vs KXIP
Highest score chased 194/6 (20 Overs) by KXIP vs DC
Lowest score defended 106/6 (10 Overs) by KXIP vs RCB
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Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Gautham Gambhir (Captain), Trent Boult, DM Bravo, PP Chawla, NM Coulter-Nile, C de Grandhomme, R Dhawan, SS Ghosh, SP Jackson, IR Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chriss Lynn, SP Narine, MK Pandey, Yousuf Pathan, R Powell, AS Rajpoot, R Sanjay Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, RV Uthappa, CR Woakes, SA Yadav, UT Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab Squad
VR Aaron, Hashim Amla, Anureet Singh, Armaan Jaffer, KC Cariappa, Martin Guptill, Gurkeerat Singh, MJ Henry, SE Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (Captain), David Miller, Eoin Morgan, NS Naik, T Natarajan, AR Patel, WP Saha, P Sahu, DJG Sammy, Sandeep Sharma, I Sharma, MM Sharma, RK Singh, MP Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, R Tewatia, M Vohra