KXIP VS KKR – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 44th match of IPL 2018 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Having won the home fixture against Rajasthan comfortably, Kings XI Punjab were choked by the Rahane-led side away from home. Besides, Kolkata Knight Riders were handed a crunching defeat by Mumbai Indians in their own backyard on the following day.
The two teams now square off at Indore in the first game of double header weekend on Saturday to stake a claim of the play offs race.
Kings XI Punjab Team News
Despite starting the tournament with a flier, Punjab seem to have struggled a bit in the later half, loosing three out of the last four games. Too much dependancy on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul has put the middle order under the scanner.
Skipper Ashwin hasn’t been able to get the right combination for middle order. He introduced young Akshadeep Nath to the playing XI with Manoj Tiwary getting an extended reservation. Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal are out of contention, while Karun Nair is unable to carry his decent starts forward.
It would be interesting what changes Ashwin make in the upcoming encounter against Mumbai Indians.
Last Match (Last Match): Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (capt), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohit Sharma
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
Dinesh Karthik’s troops were completely outdone by Royal Challengers in a one sided affair. While the bowlers were struck all around the ground, batsmen failed miserably later on at a wicket tailor made for batting.
Like Punjab, Kolkata also need to get the batting order intact in the upcoming games. Shubman Gill’s untimely injury forced him to miss the previous game against Mumbai. Also, It remains to be seen if fast bowler Shivami Mavi who was out of action due to injury makes him comeback.
Playing XI (Last Match): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt, wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Top Funtasy Picks
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle – The ‘Gayle Storm’ is lifting the waves this season and giving any description about the explosive hitter would be futile. Pick him straight up!
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell – The explosive all-rounder has been causing some serious damage to the opposition bowlers with his monstrous hits. Moreover, his effective bowling makes him the top buy in your team.
Punt Pick: Shubman Gill – Although the right hander missed the previous game owing to injury, he could recover in time for the impending clash against Kolkata.
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