posted on 2018-05-12 14:22:45
posted by Prasenjit Dey
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This is going to be a decisive match for the Kolkata Knight Riders as a victory will only make their case strong for qualification to the play off and a loss would only increase difficulties for them.
The last time these two teams met was at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Kings XI Punjab thrashed the hosts by 9 wickets in a rain curtailed match. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul unleashed a storm on the KKR bowlers and they were blown away completely.
This time, however, KKR will look for a improved performance at Indore. The threats of Gayle and Rahul are still there and KKR’s best chance to get a result out of it is to dismiss them early.
Sunil Narine's role will once again be important in this match both with bat and ball. Robin Uthappa should score some runs in the match as has been his trend of scoring in this season so far. Chris Lynn looked in fine touch in the previous match and should do well. Andre Russell’s point scoring potential once again depends on where he bats and how much he bowls. Still he remains a tempting option in this match.
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle again remain absolute must haves in this match. Other players worth picking are Mujeeb Zadran and Andrew Tye. There's not much value in other players from KXIP.
As far as the uncapped players are concerned, only Nitish Rana from KKR offers some value.
Kings XI Punjab PROBABLE XI:
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh / Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Rehman.
Kolkata Knight Riders PROBABLE XI:
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c / wk), Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
Fantasy Pundit Picks:
Uncapped: Nitish Rana / Shubman Gill
PP: Sunil Narine
2nd Inn PP:
KL Rahul/Chris Gayle (If KXIP bat second)
Mujeeb Zadran/Nitish Rana (If KKR bat second)