Here’s the first doubleheader of IPL 2018- Kings XI Punjab will face off Delhi Daredevils in Mohali at 04:00 PM Local while Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at 8:00 PM tonight at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
While the local boy Gautam Gambhir returns to lead Delhi Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab will be led by a new captain-R Ashwin in their first season. In the second match, Virat Kohli led Bangalore will face off Kolkata Knight Riders at their home ground-Eden Gardens. This season, Kolkata Knight Riders will too be led by a new captain- Dinesh Karthik.
So let’s have a look at the key players for tomorrow’s clash-
Kings XI Punjab has a strong batting line up in the name of some biggies like – Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Most probably C Gayle and M Agarwal will open the innings for Punjab and KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Yuvraj Singh taking charge in the middle order.
In bowling, KXIP will rely upon bowling all-rounder Axar Patel, skipper R Ashwin and Australian pacer Andrew Tye.
On the opposite, Delhi Daredevils will thrive upon skipper Gautam Gambhir and Colin Munro. Both are expected to open the innings for Delhi. Munro is in a good form since last few games. Young guns Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will take the charge in the middle order while Trent Boult, Chris Morris, and M Shami will complete the task with the ball.
Kolkata Knight Riders will mainly rely upon Chris Lynn, wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa, skipper Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana for putting runs on the scoreboard. Robin Uthappa has always been a favorite in KKR while Dinesh Karthik was spectacular in the final of the recently concluded Nidahas Trophy. Sunil Narine will be the key all-rounder.
On contrary, Royal Challengers Bangalore has a devastating batting line-up with the likes of B McCullum, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Colin de Grandhomme. These four biggies can uproot any attack on their day. Their contribution will be most important.
In bowling, Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes will have to take the charge for RCB.
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