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Punjab host Kolkata in one of the most important matches of the league. With both the teams in a do or die situation, the result from tomorrow’s match can potentially bring curtains on the losing side. The two teams, however, come in with similar vows but contrasting modes. While Punjab has off late struggled with opening stands and finishing with the bat, Kolkata’s middle order, except for Russell, has often stumbled over the past few games. Both teams will also bank on their bowling units to gather some solidarity and stability in this ‘Virtual Quarterfinal’.
Probable Playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Simran Singh (w), Ravichandran Ashwin (c) , Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Andrew Tye
Andre Russell has taken IPL 2019 by storm and the stubborn, confident and vocal West Indian will look to power his team to glory. Harry Gurney has been a valuable addition to the KKR bowling attack. His disguised variations have proved difficult for the batsmen to pick. On the other hand however, KXIP have seemed to struggle a little with maintaining their balance. Nicholas Pooran has been an able hit with the bat, but it remains to be seen if he has enough to play the required long innings. Gayle’s bucket too, has been full of expectations yet to be delivered.
Pitch Report: The Punjab wicket has been on the slower side in the second half of the tournament. But with a few showers of rain late in the evening on Thursday, the wicket is expected to be more lively with a little aid to the fast bowlers.
Winner Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders