Desk-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will each be prime on self assurance after registering morale-boosting victories of their respective earlier video games, after they conflict in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament on the Eden Gardens right here on Saturday. Whilst KKR were given the simpler of Rajasthan Royals by means of 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 the most important wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and D’Arcy Brief when each have been having a look excellent for a large ranking. With the bat, KKR’s maximum constant participant up to now remained unbeaten on 35 to peer them go the road conveniently. Keep in mind that, Rana’s shape augurs smartly for Dinesh Karthik’s males who even have Robin Uthappa amongst runs along side the captain himself. Rana, who bagged the Guy-of-the-Fit award for the second one recreation in a row, now has 162 runs in 5 suits at 40.50, and 4 wickets.
Backing up their batsmen, Kuldeep and Piyush stored it actually tight the opposite day when they have been passed the brand new ball. The pair returned mixed figures of two/41 in 8 overs which is very good in T20 cricket. KKR’s concern 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 was once observed taking part in with a horizontal bat in best the second one ball of his innings to Okay. Gowtham who castled him. The likes of Punjab captain R. Ashwin and 17-year outdated Afghanistan offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman can be licking their lips after they bowl to him and it continues to be see how the Queenslander tackles them. The opposite opener, Sunil Narine, has come excellent together with his brisk cameos, however has proven susceptibility to shot-pitched deliveries, one thing Punjab would pay attention to. Coming to Gayle, the burly West Indian smoked 11 sixes en course his unbeaten 63-ball 104 to assist his facet publish a difficult 193/3. Hyderabad have been by no means within the chase and misplaced comprehensively in spite of everything. This was once Gayle’s 2d consecutive match-winning innings after his 33-ball 63 in opposition to Chennai Tremendous Kings. Gayle’s innings was once conventional of him however within the means wherein he noticed off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first spell and later unleashed a brutal attack on Rashid Khan’s legspin, underlined the reservoir of revel in that got here into play all over the knock.
But even so Gayle, Punjab bat deep with the likes of big-hitting Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and growing old Yuvraj Singh of their ranks. Their bowling lacks revel in, 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 tournament lower than KKR, Punjab have up to now simply misplaced as soon as in 4 outings and are positioned 3rd. The 2 groups have met 21 occasions earlier than and KKR have a awesome 14-7 face to face file. 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.