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Punjab vs Kolkata 52nd Match
Series: Indian Premier League 2019
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium,Mohali Date & Time: May 03, 08:00 PM IST LOCAL & 02:30 PM GMT
Match: KXIP vs KKR, 52nd Match, Indian Premier League 2019
Date: Friday, May 03, 2019
Time: 02:30 PM GMT
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Kings XI Punjab Squad:
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Simran Singh (wk), Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly
What to expect:
The rain gods were kind enough to come down in the evening to help the city beat the dry heat, but the temperatures are expected to be around 37 degrees and no rain has been forecast for Friday. Reduced temperatures and the actual rain itself would have juiced the pitch a bit more, which will aid pace and bounce, should the grass be not trimmed on match day. Mohali has been slightly on the slower side as the temperatures increased in the second half of the tournament, but the pacers could play a bigger part tomorrow with a bit of moisture from the rain today. Playing XIs will be completely dependent on the colour and hardness of the surface on Friday.
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP):
Kings XI Punjab have been a top-order dominant batting unit and the onus is on both Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to get the bulk of runs, especially with the side needing healthy victories. A poor powerplay with the ball, vulnerable middle-order and a poor lower-order puts extra pressure on the duo. Rain on the eve of the game meant the players weren’t able to take the field. A day before though, Arshdeep Singh was seen bowling in full tilt on an optional practice day under the watchful eyes of Ryan Harris and Craig McMillan. He was even involved in a long friendly battle with Nicholas Pooran who was given targets by their gurus, while Sam Curran batted for close to two hours.
Would the team be brave enough to play Curran over the under-performing David Miller in a crunch game? Andrew Tye was seen practising his variations before he batted for a bit. Would they opt for him ahead of Mujeeb’s mystery?
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller/Sam Curran, Simran Singh(w)/Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman/Andrew Tye
Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR):
The visitors would be delighted with Shubman Gill finding form at the top of the order as it eases pressure on Andre Russell, who has won games single-handedly. With the team in need of a very good last two games, Russell needs a lot of support with the bat. The bowling is a massive worry and they have tried fresh faces in the last few games. The fact that they don’t have good replacement players sums up their season for KKR, who have a battle within themselves before the actual encounter against KXIP. They were out in almost full tilt and completed their practice just before the heavens opened up.
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney
Stadium: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Hosts to: Punjab, Kings XI Punjab
Venue Scoring Pattern:
Avg 1st inn score: 184
Avg 2nd inn score: 175
Highest Total: 211/4 (19.1 Ov) by IND vs SL
Highest Chased: 211/4 (19.1 Ov) by IND vs SL
Lowest Defended: 180/5 (20 Ov) by NZ vs PAK
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