Kolkata Knight Riders most horrifying loss came in the last match when Sunrisers Hyderabad crushed them courtesy Warner’s onslaught of 59 balls 126 runs. As the Indian premier league is progressing the top four teams are becoming clear but for Kolkata Knight Riders the main fight is to be on the top spot. They had the smoothest of the season so far before getting crushed in the previous match. On the other hand, Rising Pune Supergiant have come back ever so strongly after three successive losses. They are now performing like a unit and in last match Ben Stokes while hitting up his maiden IPL ton pulled out a miracle run chase against Gujarat Lions. They beat Gujarat Lions for the first time in Indian premier league and now are currently placed at the fourth position with six wins in 10 games. Rising Pune Supergiant will be under the scanner when they face Kolkata Knight Riders at an away games with whole crowd support inclined towards KKR.
Last time they played: Chasing a target of 183 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets and 11 balls to spare. Rising Pune Supergiant batted well but they were outclassed completely while bowling by Gambhir and Uthappa.
Head to head battle: Rising Pune Supergiant have never won a game against Kolkata Knight Riders. They have played 3 games against each other, one in this season and two in the previous one. In all three games Kolkata Knight Riders won while Rising Pune Supergiant is yet to open account against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders: LWWWL
Rising Pune Supergiant: WWLWW
Kolkata Knight Riders: the great news is the Chris Lynn started practicing and he had done so for the first time after his injury. But his selection is still in doubt and there is suspense of him being 100% fit. Kolkata Knight Riders are unlikely to make any changes and the most prominent change which can occur is of Shakib Al Hasan in place of Colin de grandhomme.
Probable XI: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de grandhomme/shakib-al-hasan, Chris woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Pune are unlikely to make any changes after triumphing over Gujarat Lions, Ben Stokes was little rusty at the end of his maiden IPL ton but he will be in the squad as it was not a major concern. Bowlers are performing for Pune at tandem and they will stick to the same lineup. The form of Ajinkya Rahane is a little threat but he is unlikely to be replaced.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwary, Washington Sunder, Daniel Christian, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Jaydev unadkat.
Players in the Spotlight:
Robin Uthappa: he is in a tremendous touch and his class was seen it the previous match too, when they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. If Kolkata is going to lift the trophy, he will play a major role in that.
Ben Stokes: he proved why he was bought for 14 crores by scoring his maiden IPL century and lifting his team to win from nowhere. He can be handy with both bat and ball and will be in the Spotlight to perform.
Where: Eden gardens, Kolkata.
What to expect: The pitch will be different from the previous match played at Eden but it will be similar kind of pitch with hint of green grass on it. Pacer will come handy and dew will play an important part in the game.
Toss Prediction: As dew will play a major role, batting second is a great option for the team winning the toss.
Match prediction: Eden gardens is the fortress for Kolkata Knight Riders and to win against them there is a tough challenge. Kolkata Knight Riders are favourite to win but the form in which Pune Supergiant is they can beat any team.
* A low scoring match can happen so make sure how you place your sessions.
* The match odds for the game are 83-84 Kolkata Knight Riders.