The 49th match of the IPL will be played today between Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in their home ground Mohali. If you look at the statistics, then the team of Kolkata is always heavily on Punjab. The Kings XI Punjab team has suffered defeat in the hands of Kolkata by 8 times since 2014.
The good thing for Kolkata is that their all-rounder opener Sunil Narine has been in tremendous form these days. On the other hand Punjab’s batting has become weak because their infamous batsman Hashim Amla, who has scored two centuries in the IPL, has returned to his country to join the national team. Punjab’s second explosive batsman David Miller has also returned to his country. In this case, there is also a lot of challenges in batting along with bowling for Punjab.
KKR’s batting is as strong as the weakness of Punjab’s batting. Captain Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa and Sunil Narine is constantly smashing bowlers in matches.
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Match : Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight riders
Vanue : IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Time : 08:00 PM
To stay in IPL 10 and play off, Punjab now has only one way left and that is to win all the matches now. Punjab will have to win all three matches now and if Hyderabad lose to Gujrat Lions, then Punjab’s team can reach the play-off.
Kolkata’s team is at the forefront of the play-off race after Mumbai Indians. Although with 16 points, team is getting a direct competition from Pune, but reaching Kolkata in the play-off is almost certain. Today, if the Kolkata team defeats Punjab, then Kolkata will be ahead by two points, after which the decision will be decided on the net run rate.
KKR will have a focus on their batting. Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have taken full advantage of being good at Narayan’s form. Apart from them, the rest of the batsmen also have to contribute with the bat. Narayan made 194 runs from the KKR innings in nine out of 12 matches. Other batsmen of KKR Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan will have to perform well.
Glenn Maxwell-led Punjab team has won just five out of 11 matches and is in fifth place with 10 points. To maintain the hopes of entering into knockout, they will have to win the remaining three matches. Despite making Hashim Amla’s century with 189 runs for three wickets, Punjab’s team lost to Gujarat.
Kings XI Punjab Team – Manan Vohra, Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Riddeman Saha, Akshar Patel, Mate Henry or Darren Sammy, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma
Kolkata Knight Kriders Team – Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Volks, Nathan Callter, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav