With the loss against Gujarat Lions, Kings XI Punjab have choosed a hard road towards the qualification of playoffs. Kings XI Punjab now have a tough task to beat the top three team of this season and in their next venture they are going face the upbeat Kolkata Knight Riders. Kings XI Punjab have the slightest of opening for the playoffs chance but it is not a pleasant to be up against Kolkata Knight Riders who went on to demolish Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match. The journey for Punjabis will be tough as in form Hashim Amla and David Miller will be out for national duties where as Eoin Morgan and Marcus Stoinis are already out. On the other hand after two successive losses, Kolkata Knight Riders bounced backed by demolishing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match. With Chris Lynn back in the side Kolkata Knight Riders are stronger than ever. Kings XI Punjab will have to play extremely well to overcome the Knight Riders outrage.
Last time they played: last time when these two teams were against each other, Kolkata Knight Riders are mockery of 171 runs chased at Eden gardens. They went on to win the match by eight and completed the chase almost at 16 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: WLLWW
Kings XI Punjab: LWWLW
Kings XI Punjab: there will be few forced changes in the squad as Hashim Amla and David Miller are bound to leave. Martin Guptill will open batting with Manan Vohra and Darren Sammy could finally get a game. Considering the pitch even Matt Henry could get a game instead of Darren Sammy. T Natarajan or Varun Aaron could be excluded from the playing XI.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Gurkeerat Mann, wridhimann Saha, Darren Sammy/Matt Henry, Axar Patel, T Natarajan/Varun Aaron, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa is set to return to the team and his inclusion will take place in place of Sheldon Jackson. Rest playing XI will be same with changes in the batting line up ofcourse.
Probable XI: Robin Uthappa/Sheldon Jackson, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de grandhomme, Chris woakes, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Piyush Chawla/Kuldeep Yadav.
Players in the Spotlight:
Chris Lynn: on his return match after injury, Chris Lynn struck 22 ball fifty and looked in his usual attacking form. He will be in the Spotlight to perform his skin out in this match as well.
Sandeep Sharma: a game before, Sandeep Sharma ratted the RCB line up with his bowling. He has bowled with constant pace and being in the wicket column this year. He will be keen to take his team through.
What: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 9th May 20:00 IST
Where: Punjab cricket association stadium, Mohali
What to expect: weather will be around the mid 30 and there are chances of rain interrupting the match. Last game was a high scoring match and this too is expected to be one.
Toss Prediction: toss will be very crucial and team winning the toss will definitely choose to chase.
Match prediction: the favourable winner for the match is Kolkata Knight Riders, though Kings XI Punjab didn’t had luck at their home ground but with their bowling attack they can back up anytime.
* A high scoring encounter with six over session being the heavy ones.
* Match odds for the game are 89-90 KKR.