Kings XI Punjab Captain Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to field after winning the toss. Ankit Rajpoot takes the charge to Narine in the first over, he was with KKR last year.
It looks like Ashwin’s strategy to rein in Narine will be interesting to watch. Before the start of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders appeared to be the weakest side on paper.
But, two weeks into the tournament, the Dinesh Karthik-led outfit sits on top of IPL points table, winning three of their first four matches.
KKR’s top order has found its form at the right time and their India trio of Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik are in great touch. Sunil Narine too has played out of his skins and has provided some useful contributions with the bat.
The fact that they won their last game with absolutely no contribution from Andre Russell will give more confidence to Dinesh Karthik.
Chris Lynn’s form on top, however, remains to be a problem from the franchise. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, have really come of age this season and seem to be the strongest side, going by their current form.
Punjab has managed to put together a good mix of Indian and foreign players and with Chris Gayle’s return to form, looks like an unstoppable force.
Here are Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab LIVE Cricket Score:
4:05 PM: First six of KKR innings comes off Lynn’s bat. KKR reaches 21 for 1 after 3 overs.
4: 01 PM: OUT!!! Sunil Narine’s desperation to score helps Mujeeb Ur Rahman to claim his first victim. Sunil departs scoring only 1 of 4 bowls. After 2 overs KKR at 10 for 1.
3:59 PM: Rajpoot’s clever bowling pays off in the first over, Neither Narine nor Lynn are able to fire big shots. Only 5 runs of the first over.
3:52 PM: Match all set to start. Eden Gardens buzzing with activity as the crowd goes berserk!
3:43 PM: KKR’s playing XI remains unchanged. For KXIP, Ankit Rajpoot replaces Mohit Sharma.
3:41 PM: Kolkata Knight Riders are at 2nd spot at the table while Knights XI Punjab are placed 4th. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn to begin KKR’s campaign.
Here are Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab squads:
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav,>