Robin Uthappa starred in front of and behind the stumps at the MCA Stadium in Pune, to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by seven wickets in the earlier meeting between these two sides. The Karnataka batsman-wicketkeeper made a couple of stumpings in one over by Kuldeep Yadav and then struck a 47-ball 87 which not only took the Knight Riders to a win but also do so comfortably, in the 19th over. He was fortuitous on this night too, with Jaydev Unadkat putting down a chance offered by Uthappa when he was on 12 (12), but the Karnataka right-hander was utterly fluent after being given a second life.
Incidentally, this massive loss to KKR is Rising Pune’s only loss in their last six matches.
Form guide: KKR vs RPS
Knight Riders: LWWWL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 2nd)
Pune Supergiant: WWLWW (current position on the points table: 4th)
KKR vs RPS Head-to-head
Kolkata hold a head-to-head record of 3-0 against Pune in three meetings between these two sides so far. In the corresponding fixture last season, Gautam Gambhir’s men won by eight wickets by Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.
Match 41: KKR vs RPS Playing XI
The biggest news that has come through ahead of match 41 is Chris Lynn, who had injured his left shoulder in the match against Mumbai Indians early on this season, began training with the squad yesterday (May 2, Tuesday). Tonight’s match against the resurgent Pune Supergiant will be too early for him to return to action, but what we can say is that the Australian batsman will probably go on to play an integral role for KKR in the coming weeks.
Knight Riders suffered a 48-run loss to Sunrisers on Sunday, when a David Warner T20 batting masterclass proved too much for the boys in purple and gold. But the KKR team management might look at that loss as only a blip from which they can recover at home against Steve Smith’s men.
Tonight’s hosts are not expected to make any change to their playing XI from the previous match. KKR’s probable playing XI vs RPS is as follows: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Robin Uthappa (wk), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Sheldon Jackson, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10. Umesh Yadav, and 11. Kuldeep Yadav
Actual playing XI for KKR: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Suryakumar Yadav (wk), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Yusuf Pathan, 6. Sheldon Jackson, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10. Umesh Yadav, and 11. Kuldeep Yadav
Robin Uthappa out with a niggle.
Rising Pune Supergiant have won five of their last six matches and are a confident side ahead of what is a crucial match for them in their bid to qualify for the IPL 2017 playoffs. A Ben Stokes show with the bat took Pune to a crucial win over Gujarat Lions on May Day, when the bowlers produced another quality performance to keep the dangerous Gujarat batting line-up to a sub-par total batting first.
Pune have turned around their season after a sluggish start and Monday’s match provided evidence of the capability and reliability of their players to deliver under pressure. The bowling attack is Rising Pune’s weakest link, but the batting line-up continues to produce solid performances. Because the team must be in a confident frame of mind and are playing well, the think-tank is unlikely to tinker with the winning combination from the home match against Gujarat.
RPS’s probable playing XI vs KKR: 1. Steve Smith (c), 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Rahul Tripathi, 4. MS Dhoni (wk), 5. Manoj Tiwary, 6. Ben Stokes, 7. Daniel Christian, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Shardul Thakur, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, and 11. Imran Tahir
Rising Pune’s actual playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted!
Go ahead and predict what will happen at the Eden Gardens tonight!