Kings XI Punjab
Punjab’s first half of the tournament was such a disappointment to the team. Although their resurgence in the second half of the match was positive for team’s management, they are in a crucial stage—a major contender for the one spot for playoffs against Sunrisers & Knight Riders. Chris Jordan dead bowling cameo collapses Hyderabad team. Their spin looks better settled compared to the first half of the tournament. Pace trio Jordan, Arshdeep, Shami seems comfortable in threatening the opponent batsman. Currently, Punjab is in the fifth position in the points table, and they have to win this match to compete for the playoffs race. Mayank’s injury has landed with a slight setback to the team. Despite his injury, Mandeep’s batting has helped the team’s combination. They had already played against Knight riders and lost the match by two runs in a crucial final over. They need to correct the minor errors and shine to qualify for playoffs.
Possible – 11
Kl Rahul(C& WK), Mayank, Chris Gayle, Pooran, Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Chris Jordan, M Shami, R Bishnoi, Arshdeep.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Morgan’s led had won alternate matches after he became full-time skipper. Nitish Rna’s top order promotion had worked well for the team, which is evident in the previous match against Capitals. Gill continuous failure in the top order has struggled the team to get a good total on the board. Narine’s arrival to the team has impacted directly on the team’s results from his match-winning score against the Capitals. Cummins being back to form in his bowling has boosted the team’s confidence. Varun Chakravarthy’s magic five has collapsed the Capitals strongly. He is the most ergonomic bowler for Knight Riders in this tournament. Karthick struggles to find his full potential. Nikhil Naik might replace him. They had already played against Punjab in Abu Dhabi and won the match by two runs. Their previous match against the Capitals had won the teams confidence.
Possible – 11
Subhman Gill, Nitish Rana, R Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(C), Dinesh Karthik(WK), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Varun, Kuldeep, Shivam Mavi.
KKR will be looking to play an all-out attack against KX1P to stay alive in the playoffs. Winning Percentage-50% for both the teams.
Kings XI Punjab has an edge in this interesting clash.
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