Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) registered a comfortable victory by eight wickets in the reverse fixture at the Eden Gardens, where they chased down Kings XI Punjab’s 170/9 with 21 balls to spare.
This was the first defeat of IPL 2017 for Glenn Maxwell and co.
KXIP vs KKR Head-to-head
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) hold a head-to-head record of 6-14 against Kolkata Knight Riders.
At the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Kings XI have taken on KKR five times, and the head-to-head record stands at KXIP 2-3 KKR.
The corresponding fixture last season was won by Kolkata, who registered a six-wicket win over Punjab.
Punjab: LWWLW (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 5th)
Kolkata: WLLWW (current position on the points table: 2nd)
Match 49: KXIP vs KKR Playing XI
Hashim Amla played his last match of IPL 2017 on Sunday and has returned home to join up with the Proteas squad for the Champions Trophy. This means Kings XI will have to call on Darren Sammy, an all-rounder, or Matt Henry, who is a pure bowler for Tuesday night’s home clash against Knight Riders.
Punjab had dropped Manan Vohra for the match against Gujarat Lions. And if Henry remains out of favour, then Vohra might once again be preferred over Gurkeerat Singh Mann, who has not had a bat on the two occasions he has been picked in the playing XI this season.
KXIP’s probable playing XI vs KKR: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Manan Vohra, 5. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6. Axar Patel, 7. Darren Sammy, 8. Mohit Sharma, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Varun Aaron, and 11. Thangarasu Natarajan
Actual playing XI for Kings XI: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Martin Guptill, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Manan Vohra, 5. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 6. Axar Patel, 7. Matt Henry, 8. Mohit Sharma, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Swapnil Singh, and 11. Rahul Tewatia
Knight Riders showed how formidable a side they are with a six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday, when they made a couple of changes to their playing XI from the previous match: a fit-again Chris Lynn replaced an apparently unwell Nathan Coulter-Nile and Piyush Chawla came in for Kuldeep Yadav.
We do not yet have news on the fitness levels of Robin Uthappa and Coulter-Nile. But if this vital duo are fit, then Sheldon Jackson (for Uthappa) and Chris Woakes or Colin de Grandhomme (Coulter-Nile) could make way.
KKR’s probable playing XI vs KXIP: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Chris Lynn 3. Sunil Narine, 4. Sheldon Jackson/Robin Uthappa (wk), 5. Manish Pandey, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Ankit Singh Rajpoot, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Chris Woakes/Nathan Coulter-Nile, and 11. Piyush Chawla/Kuldeep Yadav
Actual playing XI for KKR: 1. Gautam Gambhir (c), 2. Chris Lynn 3. Sunil Narine, 4. Robin Uthappa (wk), 5. Manish Pandey, 6. Yusuf Pathan, 7. Colin de Grandhomme, 8. Ankit Singh Rajpoot, 9. Umesh Yadav, 10. Chris Woakes, and 11. Kuldeep Yadav
Prediction: Match 49
The absence of Hashim Amla for the remaining three matches, which they need to win to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the playoffs, is a huge blow for Kings XI, whose batting line-up has revolved around the South African batsman this IPL season. Kings XI’s bowling has improved as the season has progressed and will need to produce a top-notch performance to keep an explosive KKR batting line-up quiet.
Knight Riders have had a good season and registered some big-margin victories, which has been a result of the versatility of their squad. Unlike the hosts of match 49, Gambhir’s men will play without any pressure and therefore, be at an advantage. KKR will start tonight’s match as the favourites and the hosts have to play out of their skin to remain in contention for the playoffs.