Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab made a good start in IPL by wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals in the first games respectively. Both the teams were confident enough by winning the matches that were slipping away from them.
Kings XI Punjab won the game by blistering innings played by Chris Gayle which laid a solid foundation for their win and magical wickets picked by Sam Curran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman turned the game to their side.
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by arrogant innings of Andre Russell. By his contribution, Kolkata Knight Riders succeeded to post 182 runs. Rajasthan Royals were in a solid situation in the game against KXIP since Jos Buttler slammed 69 runs as an answer for a massive total of 184 runs. But his dismissal turned the result of the game to the other side.
Kolkata Knight Riders are high in confidence levels and want to beat the Punjab team before they head towards home for encountering two home games. Out of 23 head to head competitions, Kolkata Knight Riders won 15 games and Kings XI Punjab won 8 games in the history of IPL.
Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Chris Lynn are the crucial players to watch out for from Kolkata Knight Riders and Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, and Nicholas Pooran are fiery batsmen for the Punjab side. Chris Gayle is the most anticipated player in this game. Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine are important bowlers for Kolkata side, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sam Curran along with Ravichandran Ashwin are crucial bowlers for the Punjab side.
Andrew Tye, the purple cap winner in the previous season will be another tough opponent for the Kolkata batsmen. But there are chances of accommodating Sam Curran into the team instead of him to encounter Kolkata batsmen. Sunil Narine holds the record of picking highest number of wickets against KXIP by picking 26 wickets from 15 games in the history of IPL at an average of 15.35 and strike rate of 13.62. He is just one wicket away from 50 wickets at Eden Gardens in IPL.
KKR posted highest IPL total of 245/6 against KXIP in IPL 2018. The match will be held at Eden Gardens.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik(captain), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, and Shubhman Gill.
Kings XI Punjab
Ravichandran Ashwin(captain), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, and Ankit Rajput.