Saturday, May 12, 2018

Vivo IPL Live Score, KXIP vs KKR: Punjab Win Toss, Opt To Field vs Kolkata

Vivo IPL Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live Score: Punjab win toss, elect to field against KKR

Kings XI Punjab will be planning to consolidate their position in the top 3 of the IPL points table when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Holkar Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Both the sides are coming off a defeat and will be worried to return to winning ways as the cash-rich league reaches its business end. Whereas KXIP are placed on 3rd with 12 points in their kitty, KKR are on 5th in the league table with ten points. KKR was hammered by MI in their last Match as the Rohit Sharma-led side registered a thumping 102-run win over them. KXIP too, suffered a narrow 15-run loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their last outing. KXIP batting mostly relies on openers Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul as the duo have accumulated 471 and 311 runs correspondingly. In the match against Rajasthan Royal, when all of the KXIP batters failed to fire, Rahul rose to the event smashing an unbeaten 95 off 70 balls. 

Kolkata Knight Riders                   vs                        Kings XI punjab
245/6 (20)                                                             214/8 (20)

                                                              KKR beat KXIP by 31 runs                                                        

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kings XI punjab

The KXIP openers have been a major motive behind their success as the duo have handed a great start to their side on several occasions in this year's edition. Karun Nair has also been inspiring scoring 243 runs from 9 innings but veteran Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch and Mayank Agarwal are however to make their existence felt in the middle-order. The trio's poor form will be a major cause of anxiety for the team management and it is high moment for them to come out with their best. In the bowling section, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma add strength to the line-up.

As well, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the immensity of the responsibility. While Australian Tye has sixteen wickets from 8 games with an economy of 7.77, pacer Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have 8 and 14 wickets each. On the other hand, KKR will need to put after their humiliating loss to MI and come together as a unit if they desire to seal a play-off berth.
Kolkata Knight Riders, who now have slight room for error, were handed their main defeat in the league's record by Rohit Sharma's men. For the men-in-purple, openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine have failed to execute consistently. Skipper Dinesh Karthik has been the only consistent batsman with the willow, gathering 321 runs from 11 matches.

Vice captain Robin Uthappa will have to come up with an unexpected show to help his side inch forward all along with the misfiring middle order. Kolkata, whose bowling unit mostly relies on the spinners, leaked plenty of runs against Mumbai Indians except Narine. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been decent with eight wickets from 11 games but he needs to dish out something special against Punjab.
Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was too luxurious against Mumbai conceding 44 runs, has however, been among the wickets. Overall, Punjab has a slightly better chance in Saturday's game as the side has made good comebacks in the past.

Complete Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.

Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.


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