The team of Kolkata Knight Riders made a strong start in the IPL 2017 campaign by defeating Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets in their opening match. But in the next match, he will be giving a lot of grief to the defeat of the Mumbai Indians in the exciting match. On Thursday, the Kolkata team will play in their home ground Eden Gardens for the first time and their eyes will have to return to the track of victory.
Kings XI Punjab, under the leadership of Glenn Maxwell, has started this season with a bang, and has won a major win in both the matches against Pune and RCB. Maxwell has led the team with a strong batting line-up and Kolkata has to be the most careful of this player.
Kolkata vs punjab
In the 19 matches played between these two teams, Kolkata have won 13 and Punjab have won 6 matches. In Kolkata, out of the total eight matches played between the two teams in Kolkata, Kolkata has 6, while Punjab has won 2 matches.
The Kolkata team has defeated Punjab in all of the seven IPL matches in recent times.
Kolkata’s eyes start with victory in your home
Gautam Gambhir’s team started the campaign of 184 runs in their first match by defeating Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets. But in the second match, not only did the shock of Kolkata but the likes of Chris Lynn, who scored 93 in the first match, were injured and he would not be able to play in this match. Because of the shoulder injury, Lynn’s IPL campaign is in danger.
For Kolkata, Manish Pandey, who has been impressive against captain Gambhir and Mumbai, is in great form but the bat of batsmen such as Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa and Suryakumar Yadav is still silent.
The real challenge for Kolkata is their bowling in the death overs. In the last match against Mumbai, bowlers such as Akin Rajput and Trent Bolt allowed the match to come out of the match in the death overs. Kolkata will have to overcome its weakness against Punjab.
Punjab eyes hat-trick of victory
Punjab, under Maxwell’s leadership, has impressed everyone with its performance so far this season. After defeating Pune by 6 wickets, they defeated RCB by 8 wickets. In both of these matches, Maxwell played a lot of innings and the biggest strength of Punjab and the biggest tension for Kolkata.
In the last match for Punjab, Amla also had a half-century. Apart from this, Manan Vohra and David Miller are also in great form. In bowling, Akshar Patel, Varun Aaron and Stoneyce have done well for Punjab.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Trent Bolt, Chris Woox, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajput, Rowman Powell, R. Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sion Ghosh.
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (captain), Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tahitia, T. Natarajan, Matt Henri, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Akshar Patel, Murali Vijay, Gurkeerat Singh, Aniranth Singh, Sandeep Sharma , Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Riddhiman Saha, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stonyis, Casey Caryappa, Arman Jaffer, Pradeep Sangwan, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.