Kolkata, March 27, Wednesday at 08:00 PM IST
Just a couple of games have been played so far in the IPL 2019 and the tournament has already made huge headlines. Be it the turning track at MA Chidambaram in the tournament opener, Andre Russells' 19-ball 49 runs finish at Eden Gardens, Rishabh Pant's havoc (78 of 27 balls ) in Wankhede Stadium or R Ashwin mankading J Buttler at Sawai Man Singh, each game of IPL 2019 has brought out something new for the fans.
Something similar is expected when Kolkata Knight Riders will reload at Eden Gardens to host Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday evening. Both the sides have made a cracking start to the tournament and will be looking to continue their run. The match will begin at 08:00 PM IST.
Andre Russell pulled out a blinder at Eden Gardens with his unbeaten 49 runs in 19 balls as he helped his side register 6 wickets win over Sunrisers Hyderabad after chasing out a huge total of 182 runs. A Russell also overshadowed Dawid Warner's 85 of 53 which guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to 181-3 in the allotted overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders are hard to outplay at their backyard in Eden Gardens and with the kind of playing11 they sported in the first game, it will be really a tough challenge for Kings XI Punjab. Although they are missing out a bit in the pace attack, they have one of the strongest batting line-ups this season.
Kings XI Punjab pulled out 14 runs win over Rajasthan Royals at their fortress- Swai Man Singh Stadium to kick-start their campaign. The win would have surely boosted their confidence and will acts as a prerequisite as they are now travelling to Eden Gardens- the den of Kolkata.
Chris Gayle (79 of 47) and Sarfaraz Khan (46* of 29) helped Punjab post 184 runs total on the board which was appreciated well by the bowlers as they restricted the hosts at 170-9 in 0 overs. R Ashwin, Sam Curran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked two wickets each.
Kings XI Punjab will be requiring another teamwork to outplay Knight Riders and an interesting battle is expected to take place tomorrow.
Knight Riders- 15
Kings XI- 8
The first game at Eden Gardens between the hosts KKR and SRH was an absolute cracker. The wicket is expected to remain the same- dual pace and little help to spinners. The average first innings score at this venue is 175. As the wicket will remain the same throughout the game, the chase becomes much easier. Also, the chasing side has more percentage of winning. So, expect the toss winning side to bowl first.
Avg 1st inn score: 175
Avg 2nd inn score: 157
Highest Total: 201/5 (20 Ov) by PAK vs BAN
Lowest Total: 70/10 (15.4 Ov) by BAN vs NZ
Highest Chased: 161/6 (19.4 Ov) by WI vs Eng
Lowest Defended: 145/8 (20 Ov) by NZ vs BAN
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill
All-rounder – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Piyush Chawla
Kings XI Punjab Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – N Pooran
Batsmen – C Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfraz Khan, M Singh
All-rounder –R Ashwin (Doubt: Sam Curran)
Bowlers – M Shami, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Doubt: A Tye)
Kolkata Knight Riders –
Sunil Narine, Shrikant Mundhe, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Carlos Brathwaite, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Joe Denly, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Sandeep Warrier, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Yarra Prithviraj
Kings XI Punjab –
Darshan Nalkande, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Varun Chakravarthy, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Karun Nair, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Murugan Ashwin, Simran Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Power Hitters – Chris Lynn, Andre Russell & R Uthappa
All-rounders – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
Spin abilities – Kuldeep Yadav & P Chawla
Power Hitters – Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, N Pooran
Pace attack – M Shami & Ankit Rajpoot
Spin abilities – R Ashwin & Mujeeb ur Rahman
Kings XI Punjab wins the toss and will bowl first
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