Kolkata: Good first delivery from Ankit Rajpoot to start the proceedings as he shows that he can swing the ball. Lynn takes a single to get off the mark as Narine comes onto the crease to face his first delivery. The Eden Garden’s is jam packed at the moment and they are making a lot of noise.
Kolkata: Kings XI Punjab has won 3 of their 4 games, and the heroics of Chris Gayle have made them even stronger. The West Indian has looked lethal with his bat playing blistering knocks in his last two starts, scoring 63 and an unbeaten 104.
However, KKR’s team has gelled well and have started to win games, complimenting each other extremely well. The opening pair of Lynn and Narine are yet to provide consistent results, and the bowling department also seem lost sometimes.
Punjab is the most destructive side in the powerplay overs this season, scoring 11 runs per over during the first 6 overs. KL Rahul looks to be in a good touch and with the re-emergence of Chris Gayle the top order is doing wonders for the Punjab outfit. However, the form of Yuvraj Singh will be a major worry and Aaron Finch has also looked a bit pale with his bat.
KKR’s spin troika Narine, Kuldeep and Piyush Chawla have done well to stop opposition score big in their overs, but the pace battery of Kolkata is leaking plenty of runs.
KXIP’s Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barindar Sran and Andrew Tye has done wonders for the team with their tight bowling and wicket taking ability. Ashwin’s captaincy also takes away brownie points.