Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders:
49th game at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali at 8:00 pm (IST) on 9th May
Kings XI Punjab will face off against Kolkata Knight Riders in a must game at Mohali. The side have plenty of worries as South African contingent of Hashim Amla and David Miller have left for South Africa to join the national side for the preparations for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell will shoulder a big responsibility to make sure the side wins this game. Guptill can produce blistering starts at the top of the order and does have a knack of scintillating knocks in the format. Shaun Marsh has done well in the last couple of games as a lot will be upon shoulders of Australian to make Punjab produce the goods with the bat. Glenn Maxwell certainly needs to fire with the bat if Punjab wants to seal their place in the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders are in red-hot form after decimating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game. Sunil Narine was out of this world against Bangalore as makeshift opener bludgeoned fastest fifty in Indian Premier League to add 105 runs in just 6 overs with Chris Lynn. Kolkata are strengthened by the return of Chris Lynn as Australia was the man of the moment with the bat for the side at the start of the season. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been top-notch with the bat while Manish Pandey has bailed the side out of trouble in key games. Umesh Yadav and Nathan-Coulter Nile have done well with new ball while spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine has been effective.
Players to watch out for
Chris Lynn will the one to watch out for Kolkata as batsman is red-hot commodity in this format and certainly could take Kolkata to third time charm this season. Lynn will be excited facing Kings XI as hosts possess weakest bowling lineups besides Gujarat Lions.
Glenn Maxwell when comes off is superstar player to watch as Australian will be focused to produce big runs for his side against in-form side like Kolkata
Head to Head Record between Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
In 20 games played between Kolkata and Punjab, Kolkata have dominated with 14 wins to their name while Punjab have come out on top on six occasions. The record at Mohali is pretty close but Kolkata has significant edge over Punjab at the present moment.
Average 1st innings scores: 163
Average 2nd innings score: 152
Prediction for Toss: Kolkata to win the toss and bat first