Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab are one among the strongest teams this season; they are at comfortable positions on the points table. With the “Universe’s Big Boss” being back, Punjab will eye on defeating KKR, while Kolkata will use their aggressive bowling as the weapon for tomorrow’s game.
Overall: Matches – 21
Kolkata Knight Riders – 14
Kings XI Punjab – 7
Eden Gardens will host the clash of Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab.
Average 1st innings score: 154
Average 2nd innings score: 143
Highest Total: 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest Total: 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest Chased: 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest Defended: 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs RR
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Eden Gardens)
Eden Gardens has helped the fast bowlers in the last three matches held there and it will possibly do the same again.
How do the teams stack up?
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knight Riders have come back strongly with consecutive victories. The KKR squad is very well balanced with hard-hitting batsmen, proficient bowlers and expert all-rounders. Nitish Rana has been doing exceptionally well with the bat and ball. Tom Curran’s performance is creditable enough to stay in the playing XI. Shubham Gill is expected to bat at no.4 for a long time now; it will be interesting to see if he will be promoted in this match. No changes will be seen in KKR’s squad.
Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C; WK), Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Players to watch out for: Nitish Rana, Piyush Chawla
Kings XI Punjab
Punjab is very high on confidence for they have defeated the mighty Sunrisers in their last match. The Gayle storm is expected to continue against KKR’s spinners too. While KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Mayank Agarwal have been doing their jobs right with the bat, Mujeeb ur Rahman is doing the same with the ball. Aaron Finch’s presence in the playing XI is dubious as he was seen in the last match despite his poor form. Punjab will play Barinder Sran instead of Axar Patel due to the pitch. The squad is likely to be the same.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran
Players to watch out for: Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle