Desk-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will each be prime on self belief after registering morale-boosting victories of their respective earlier video games, once they conflict in an Indian Premier League (IPL) event on the Eden Gardens right here on Saturday. Whilst KKR were given the easier of Rajasthan Royals through seven wickets in Jaipur, Punjab rode Chris Gayle’s blazing hundred to stymie Sunrisers Hyderabad’s three-game unbeaten streak and coast to a 15-run victory at house. KKR had Nitish Rana — who fired with bat and ball as soon as once more — and their wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla to thank for the second one triumph in a row. Rana took two a very powerful wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and D’Arcy Quick when each had been taking a look excellent for a large rating. With the bat, KKR’s maximum constant participant thus far remained unbeaten on 35 to look them move the road conveniently. Remember the fact that, Rana’s shape augurs neatly for Dinesh Karthik’s males who even have Robin Uthappa amongst runs in conjunction with the captain himself. Rana, who bagged the Guy-of-the-Fit award for the second one sport in a row, now has 162 runs in 5 fits at 40.50, and 4 wickets.
Backing up their batsmen, Kuldeep and Piyush saved it actually tight the opposite day once they had been passed the brand new ball. The pair returned blended figures of two/41 in 8 overs which is superb in T20 cricket. KKR’s fear will be the type of speeding Australian opener Chris Lynn who lasted simply two balls in opposition to Rajasthan and departed cost effectively with out troubling the scorers. Lynn has struggled in opposition to spin and used to be observed taking part in with a horizontal bat in handiest the second one ball of his innings to Ok. Gowtham who castled him. The likes of Punjab captain R. Ashwin and 17-year previous Afghanistan offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman can be licking their lips once they bowl to him and it is still see how the Queenslander tackles them. The opposite opener, Sunil Narine, has come excellent along with his brisk cameos, however has proven susceptibility to shot-pitched deliveries, one thing Punjab would take note of. Coming to Gayle, the burly West Indian smoked 11 sixes en direction his unbeaten 63-ball 104 to assist his aspect submit a difficult 193/3. Hyderabad had been by no means within the chase and misplaced comprehensively after all. This used to be Gayle’s 2nd consecutive match-winning innings after his 33-ball 63 in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings. Gayle’s innings used to be conventional of him however within the method during which he noticed off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first spell and later unleashed a brutal attack on Rashid Khan’s legspin, underlined the reservoir of enjoy that got here into play all through the knock.
But even so Gayle, Punjab bat deep with the likes of big-hitting Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and growing older Yuvraj Singh of their ranks. Their bowling lacks enjoy, particularly within the tempo division. Mohit Sharma went for numerous runs in opposition to Hyderabad and should get his act in combination in opposition to KKR. Having performed one event not up to KKR, Punjab have thus far simply misplaced as soon as in 4 outings and are positioned 3rd. The 2 groups have met 21 instances sooner than and KKR have a awesome 14-7 face to face report. Groups: KKR: Dinesh Karthik (c and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi and Tom Curran. KXIP: R Ashwin (Captain), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.