Man of the Match: Andre Russell
KKR face KXIP after both teams won first IPL 2019 matches!
Our Prediction is KKR to win this game!
Kolkata Knight Riders won their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a last over thriller chasing down a target of 184 runs. Andre Russell muscled the ball over the ropes many times to score runs at the end of the innings in the chase. Nitish Rana opening the batting scored a fluent 68 runs before being dismissed at a crucial juncture. Shubman Gill showed his class with two maximums in the last over to seal the match in their favor. Their bowlers found it hard to stop the run flow against a certain David Warner. Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav were unable to complete their quota of 4 over’s in the match. Russell was their best bowler in display too last match.
Kings XI Punjab`s win over Rajasthan royals was overshadowed by the incident of their Skipper Ashwin Mankading out an in-form Jos Buttler. Their batting was led by self-proclaimed ‘Universal Boss’ Chris Gayle who scored 79 runs at a good strike rate. Sarfaraz played a stroke filled 46* off 29 balls to finish their innings with a flourish. Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran struggled to time the ball last match. Their bowlers came back strongly in the end overs after they were taken to cleaners in the power play. Ashwin`s spell and Buttler`s strange wicket shifted the momentum in their favor. Sam Curran, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Ankit Rajpoot captured two wickets in their respective last overs after being taken for runs.
Chris Lynn – Lynn fell out of national selection radar and he needs to prove himself by scoring runs. He can clear any boundary with ease when in form.
Kuldeep Yadav – The chinaman bowler is having extremely good time for the last one year and his variations have been tough to predict for the batsmen. Look out for his magical wrist spinners.
Stats from the season:
Nitish Rana -68 runs (47 balls) (8X4s, 3X6s)
Andre Russell -49* runs (19 balls) (4X4s, 4X6s) & bowling figures of 3-0-32-2
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson/Carlos Brathwaite
Sunil Narine, RV Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Piyush Chawla, Andre Russell
Lokesh Rahul – Rahul had a breakout season last year scoring around 600+ runs, but his form went downhill later. He needs to perform here to regain his form and he has ability to strike at good strike rate.
Mohammed Shami – Shami comes into the team on the back of strong performances in the international circuit. He has take wickets at the start of the innings to halt the opposition`s momentum.
Stats from the season:
Chris Gayle -79 runs (47 balls) (8X4s, 4X6s)
Ravichandran Ashwin - bowling figures of 4-0-20-1
Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh/Varun Chakravarthy
AJ Tye, Sarfaraz Khan, Varun Chakravathi, Hardus Viljoen, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lokesh Rahul, M Singh, David Miller, Mayank Agarwal
Eden gardens ground has a batting friendly pitch was we can expect high scores. The batsmen can find it easier once they are set in the crease. We can expect scores in the range of 180-200 runs in this match.The weather looks mostly sunny on the match day and the pitch may dry up in the later stages of the tournament. No stoppages or interruptions are expected in this match.
Batsmen have evolved with their power and bat quality that no ground is big enough for them. So teams are looking to chase down any target that is set for them. Both teams will look to chase down the target.
Kolkata Knight Riders have good depth in their playing XI with a lot of bowling and batting options with all-rounders. Kings XI Punjab has fewer bowling options in their Xi and this may come to haunt them like the last match.
We expect KKR to win in their home match.
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