Which teams are going head-to-head in match 11 of IPL 2017?
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) play their first home match of this season, taking on a buoyant Glenn Maxwell-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Eden Gardens on April 13 (8pm).
How have KKR and KXIP fared so far in the 10th edition of the IPL?
Kolkata lost to their nemesis from the west, Mumbai Indians, last Sunday, when the pressure got the better of them. But in their first match against Gujarat Lions (GL), Knight Riders registered a 10-wicket win and made a strong start to this season.
Kings XI have, on the other hand, put up solid performances back-to-back and look an entirely different unit to the one who finished eighth last season.
Which players from these two teams have impressed so far?
Kuldeep Yadav has bowled well in the two matches so far and continues to get better. His variations are so hard to pick, that Kieron Pollard decided to play Kuldeep’s last over out despite the required run-rate mounting all the time.
For someone who is captaining for the first time, Glenn Maxwell has exuded maturity and led KXIP exceedingly well. He has made optimum use of his bowling resources and the mantle of captaincy seems to have only made him a better batsman.
Who are the players to watch out for in match 11?
With Chris Lynn out of action for some time, KKR need a batsman who not only provides blazing starts at the top of the order but also contributes substantial scores. The ideal player who can assume that role and deliver the goods is the skipper Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir has made a good start to this season, and he needs to play the kind of knock he played against Gujarat, against KXIP.
Maxwell has been impressive so far, but he and his team will play their first big match of this season on April 13, against two-time IPL champions KKR at their own den. So, we will know more about KXIP’s credentials and also get to see how their captain handles big match pressure.
Who are the likely four overseas players for KKR?
Shakib Al Hasan joined up with the KKR squad before their match against Mumbai, but there was no window for him to come straight into the playing XI. Now, with one overseas player spot vacant, Shakib could replace the injured Lynn.
The newly-laid Eden Gardens pitch offers quite a lot of assistance to the seamers. As a result, New Zealand bowling all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, Andre Russell’s replacement, is another option that the KKR team management can look at.
Therefore, the four likely overseas players for Kolkata vs. KXIP are Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, and Shakib Al Hasan/Colin de Grandhomme.
Who could be the four overseas players for KXIP against KKR?
Maxwell, Hashim Amla, David Miller, and Marcus Stoinis pick themselves and the team management will not want to tinker with the winning combination.
What’s the probable playing XI for KKR?
Umesh Yadav joined up with the KKR squad on Monday and is available for selection against Kings XI Punjab. The Vidarbha pacer can be expected to replace Ankit Singh Rajpoot in Kolkata’s playing XI.
Other than this change and one among Shakib and Grandhomme replacing Lynn, Knight Riders need not make wholesale changes to the side which narrowly lost to Mumbai.
KKR’s probable playing XI vs. KXIP: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Robin Uthappa, 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Shakib Al Hasan/Colin de Grandhomme, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Chris Woakes, 8. Kuldeep Yadav, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Sunil Narine, and 11. Trent Boult
Actual playing XI for KKR:1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Robin Uthappa, 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Colin de Grandhomme, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Chris Woakes, 8. Piyush Chawla, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Sunil Narine, and 11. Trent Boult
Will Kings XI alter their playing XI for the match against KKR?
Having produced a perfect performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI should really stick with the same playing XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 5. Axar Patel, 6. David Miller, 7. Marcus Stoinis, 8. Sandeep Sharma, 9. Varun Aaron, 10. Thangarasu Natarajan, and 11. Mohit Sharma
Actual playing XI for KXIP: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Manan Vohra, 4. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 5. Axar Patel, 6. David Miller, 7. Marcus Stoinis, 8. Sandeep Sharma, 9. Varun Aaron, 10. Ishant Sharma, and 11. Mohit Sharma
What’s your prediction for match 11?
KKR v KXIP will be an interesting contest between two evenly-matched sides. Kolkata will be looking to make a strong comeback after losing their last match, while Kings XI will want to continue winning and to surprise people. The team who make the fewer mistakes will come up trumps.
Who’s your money on in match 11 of IPL 2017?