About the Match
Kings XI Punjab with 14 points from 8 matches will face the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have 6 points from 8 matches at Cuttack on May 11th in their 2nd face to face encounter. The first match played between them at Abu Dhabi was an easy win for Punjab by 23 runs, with the Knight Riders miserably failing to make 132 runs. The Kings are on the top having comprehensively beaten the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match, dominating the proceedings in every department. The Knight Riders are in a different frame of mind with their win against Daredevils but up against a very strong team Kings XI, they have to really pull up all the tricks to be in the reckoning.
Kings XI Punjab
In the absence of Maxwell in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Miller did the smashing all over the ground with fours and sixes in piling up a challenging total of 198 runs. Sehwag, Bailey and Saha are playing with responsibility at the top, Pujara giving way for Mandeep Singh to give maximum strike to Sehwag, who is not much used to watch the proceedings from the non- striker’s end. Their last match against RCB was a dominance of class in all respects; having posted a challenging total after put into bat, they destroyed the top order of the Royal Challengers. Sandeep Sharma is proving to be a useful bowler to start the attack and has been among the top wicket takers in this tournament. Shivam Sharma, starting his IPL career, took crucial top order wickets with Patel, Johnson and Balaji supporting well with effective bowing. With lethal bowling attack and hard hitting batsmen in form, this side is very difficult to beat.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Uthappa and Gambhir have been in form to build healthy opening partnerships in the previous 2 matches; they helped the team to win the match against the Delhi Daredevils losing only 2 wickets to reach the target. This accomplishment has come at the right moment for the team and now on they should be able to maintain the winning spree. They have hard hitting Shakib Al Hassan and Suryakumar Yadav down the line to keep up the run rate and the services of Yusuf Pathan, who is yet to prove his reputation. Vinay Kumar and Narine are able to break partnerships and restrict the flow of runs, and with good fielding they will provide a good fight to the opposing teams.
Knight Riders are a rejuvenated lot with their opening pair providing a good foundation in setting up a good target or while chasing a big total. Kings XI is a determined team with very strong batting line up and fairly good bowling attack with variety. They have beaten very strong teams like Chennai Super Kings repeatedly and no one should have any doubt in their capacity to stay at the top without complacency and are favourites to win this contest too.
Kings XI Punjab, 1.57 @ TitanBet