Captain of the Kolkata Knights Eoin Morgan won the throw and chose to bowl first against the Punjab Kings on Monday at Narendra Modi Stadium.
The bottom-placed KKR, looking at its second win of the season, continued unchanged as Morgan said the team hoped to “turn it around” and end a four-game losing streak.
“We will fight first. Excellent ground and good outside area, it looks like a good surface. We are going with the same team. Today we are looking for a big step forward. We believe in the boys from the team and the player XI.
“Going forward, we will see a lot more depth than our team. I think there is only one way (from here). Getting into a losing streak can hurt a little. We have the opportunity to turn it around and we know it can change quickly,” said the KKR captain. .
The clothing of the Punjab, headed by the village KL Rahul, enters this game after defeating the Mumbai Indians in their last game before suffering a hat-trick of defeat. The Kolkata Knight Riders have also had a mediocre start so far, having lost four trot games after winning their original game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Punjab introduced a change as they scored Chris Jordan instead of Fabian Allen. “This is a new place and new terrain, it is important to start well. This (the crowd) would be wonderful, but it is important for our country to fight back.
“Such games (victory over MI) help us a lot, a difficult door to chase and we are glad that Chris and I could finish it. Such victories bring the group together. He (Gale) keeps things in the dressing room,” Rahul said.
This is the first match in Ahmedabad after the first 20 matches of the current season were played in Mumbai and Chennai. The surface was also used for the recent T20I series between India and England, where India registered a 3: 2 victory over the guests.