Kolkata Knight Riders looking to break their loosing streak. They have lost their last four out of four games. While Punjab Kings beat Mighty Mumbai Indians in their last match.
Recent form :
Punjab Kings : W L L
Kolkata Knight Riders : L L L
“We are going to bowl first. This is an Excellent ground and good outfield, seems a good surface. Wea re going with the same team. We are looking to make a big step forward today. We believe in the guys within the squad and the playing XI. Moving forward, we’ll see a lot more depth from our squad. I think there is only way to go. Getting on a losing streak can hurt a bit. We have the opportunity to turn it around and we know it can change quickly.” Eoin Morgan told at toss.
“It is a new venue and new pitch, important we get off to a good start. That would have been lovely but it’s important that our country fights back from this. Games like that helps us a lot, difficult wicket to chase and glad that me and Chris could finish it off. Such wins bring the group together. Gayle keeps things light in the dressing room.” KL Rahul added
Punjab King’s openers started Inning with very decent strike Rate. Shivam Mavi bowled two overs very well. Punjab Kings managed to score only 37 runs in powerplay overs. Pat Cummins got a wicket of KL Rahul in last over of powerplay.
The strike rate of KL Rahul is the main concern for Punjab Kings. He hadn’t showed his intent in this season so far.
Shivam Mavi bowled a fantastic spell. He conceded only 13 runs and took the important wicket of Chris Gayle. Shivam Mavi not played first four games this season. Ahmedabad’s pitch suited him as well.
Punjab Kings batsman managed to score 123 runs in first Inning which was not going to enough for Kolkata Knight Riders’ deep batting. Prasidh Krishna took three wickets and Both Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine grabbed two-two wickets. The bowling was really nice by Kolkata’s bowlers.
Punjab Kings’ bowlers struggled him with early Wickets. The man in form Nitish Rana got out on golden duck while Shubman Gill’s bad form continued. Mohammad Shami removed him with absolute cracker delivery.
On the other end Rahul Tripathi was playing an email impressing inning in low but tricky run chase. He back in pavilion after scoring 41 runs. Captain Eoin Morgan joined his end and finished the inning.
Eoin Morgan hadn’t scored any good score in this ipl before this match. Against Punjab last night he scored a match winning knock of 47 runs including 4 fours and 2 sixes. He named as man of the match also.