Recovering from a 69-run drubbing by the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, it is not going to be a simple activity for a struggling KXIP facet to face as much as the problem thrown by an all-round KKR crew, which is a high quality mix of youth and expertise.
Following 5 losses and a solitary win, Kings XI Punjab are at present positioned on the backside of the desk with two factors, whereas the Knight Riders are fourth with six factors from three wins.
Notwithstanding a few reverses, KKR are steadily rising as a powerful contender for a 3rd IPL title, with lots of their gamers placing type because the match approaches the half-way stage.
Shubman Gill has already created an impression as an opener and now KKR have discovered another choice on the prime in Rahul Tripathi, who will enter the sport with some confidence after his swashbuckling innings of 81 in opposition to Chennai Super Kings two days in the past.
The skilled Eoin Morgan is a large presence within the middle-order which additionally has Nitish Rana, at all times looking out to impress the crew administration together with his performances with the bat.
And then there may be Andre Russell, who has not set the match ablaze within the method through which he’s anticipated to.
The largest explanation for concern for KKR is the type of their captain Dinesh Karthik, who’s but to contribute something substantial with the bat.
And although he got here in to bat at quantity seven within the final sport with not many overs remaining, Karthik has additionally didn’t carry out whereas batting on the quantity three place firstly of the match.
However, his captaincy has been glorious within the sport in opposition to CSK, particularly the bowling adjustments the out-of-favour India participant effected throughout CSK’s chase.
In tempo bowling, they’ve the younger duo of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, apart from the seasoned world primary Pat Cummins.
While in spin, Narine has Varun Chakravarthy for firm, and the participant from Tamil Nadu will likely be excessive on confidence after bowling out Mahendra Singh Dhoni of their final match.
Kings XI Punjab will once more depend on their trusted opening pair of captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.
If Chris Gayle recovers from his meals poisoning, he’ll make his first look within the ongoing IPL and that will likely be an enormous increase for KXIP. The mis-firing Glenn Maxwell is more likely to make method for Gayle.
Nicholas Pooran’s exploits with the bat is a optimistic for KXIP and he’ll once more look to play his pictures freely.
Death bowling is a serious concern for KXIP and they’d have to get it proper in opposition to a powerful KKR batting line-up.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill, Tom Banton, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy and Siddhesh Lad.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c/wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Shami, Mujeeb Zadran, Sheldon Cottrell, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Okay Gowtham, J Suchith, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Dhillon, Prabhsimran Singh, Murugan Ashwin.
Match begins at 3.30 PM (IST) on Saturday (October 10).
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