The 49th match of 10th IPL is set to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab on 9 May, 2017. KKR are coming into this match by winning their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore meanwhile KXIP lost to Gujarat Lions. Kolkata have almost qualified for playoffs meanwhile Punjab has got an outside chance to be in the knockouts.
The way Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn destroyed bowling in the last match, it was exceptional. Especially Narine who smashed fifty in just 15 balls which is the fastest half-century in Indian Premier League. Hence both these guys will be key batsmen at the top of order for Knight Riders who will look to register win tonight to confirm playoffs berth.
On the other side, Kings XI Punjab bowlers didn’t perform well other night against Gujarat. Hashim Amla smacked brilliant hundred that helped team to post good total but bowlers failed to defend it. Marsh also played good innings but wasn’t looking in really a sparkling touch that was needed to score runs at good strike rate.
Glenn Maxwell also needs to score some big runs tonight to lead the side towards victory. KXIP have to win all three matches and they must have to wait to see if Sunrisers Hyderabad losses their rest two games in the group stage.
Gautam Gambhir (captain), Yusuf Pathan, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Manish Pandey, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Sheldon Jackson, Trent Boult, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Sayan Ghosh, Rovman Powell, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Suryakumaar Yadav, R. Sanjay Yadav, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Ishan Jaggi.
Glenn Maxwell (captain), David Miller, Pardeep Sahu, Manan Vohra, Armaan Jaffer, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, T Natarajan, Nikhil Shankar Naik, Eoin Morgan, Mohit Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, K.C. Cariappa, Matt Henry, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Akshar Patel, Hashim Amla, Anureet Singh, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Marcus Stoinis, Rinku Singh, Darren Sammy.
Visitors Kolkata Knight Riders look favorite against KXIP and as per our predictions KKR have got 60 percent win chances over KXIP.
Punjab Cricket Association stadium pitch is a batsman supportive wicket and we can expect high scoring match tonight between KKR and KXIP. The projected score can be around 170.