Their three-game losing streak is finally over, the Punjab Kings will strive to build a winning momentum as they face the troubled Kolkata Knights in IPL match here on Monday.
Punjab made a winning start, but then collapsed to three straight losses before setting up a clinical show to beat defensive champion Mumbai by nine wickets on Friday, and they will seek a new triumph against KKR, which has suffered four defeats. on a trot.
Captain KL Rahul is one of the few regular performers in the seemingly formidable blow in Punjab and he once again leads the example with MI with an undefeated 60, his third fifty in five games. Mayank Agarwal is the other main artist and the return to the form of “Universe Boss” Chris Gale against MI with 43 not coming out should be good news for Punjab.
But Deepak Huda, who didn’t do much after an impressive inning, will have to step up if Punjab wants to perform consistently.
The place of Nicholas Puran, who scored 0, 0, 9, 0, in player XI is expected to be reviewed, although his turn did not come in the last match.
The bowlers in Punjab, who were pedestrians in earlier matches, performed well in their last match with the talented Ravi Bishnoy (2/21) and senior Indian player Mohammad Shami (2/21), who led the charge. The young Arshdeep Singh is a consistent bowler with six wickets from five games.
On the other hand, KKR, led by the English World Cup skipper Eoin Morgan, continued to slide after losing to the Rajasthan Royals by six wickets in their last match. Their battery needs a complete turnaround in shape if KKR is to break their lost series. The top five batsmen continued to fight only Nitish Rana – two and a half centuries – and Dinesh Kartik you are doing something valuable.
Pacer Pat Cummins played an incredible inning – 66 didn’t come out – for a lost cause against the Chennai Super Kings, but KKR would like their specialist batsmen to deliver consistently instead of relying on the lower order. Jill and Morgan are in terrible shape and desperately need great results to get counted.
Gil has scored just 80 runs from his five innings. Morgan is even worse with just 45 of five passes. Sunil Narine has been used to double the KKR inning, but the West Indian has not delivered so far with scores of 4 and 6.
In the bowling department, Russell, Varun Chakravarti and Prasid Krishna are doing relatively well with 7, 6 and 5 straps, respectively.
Cummins has so far had an incredible performance with four weeks of five games.
Punjabi Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohamed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Joy Richardson, Shahruk Khan, Riley Meredith, Moses Anrikes, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurab Kumar.
Knights of Kolkata: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gil, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep yadav, Shivam Mavi, Loki Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkotti, Sandip Military, Prasid Krishna, Rahul Tripati, Varun Chakravarti Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Ayer and Pavan Negi.
The match starts at 19.30.