Kings XI Punjab will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the first match of the Indian Premier League today. Punjab, who have lost five matches so far this season, is at the bottom of the points table. Punjab needs to win further matches to keep their playoff chances alive. KKR is in perfect shape. They are currently in fourth place, having won three of their last five matches. KKR will try to win at any cost as they will be eliminated from the top four if they lose today. The match will be played at 3.30 pm Indian time.
Punjab must rise.
This time Kings XI Punjab came as one of the strongest teams. The main problem is that despite having a good batting line-up and a flawless bowling line-up, no one is in form. The team has high hopes for the batting of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. The current situation is that the team as a whole is in crisis if both of them are out quickly. The pressure of subsequent defeats has seriously affected Rahul’s batting. Many of the decisions he makes as a captain fail. In this situation, a strong comeback is essential for both the team and Rahul. The performance of the bowlers is a big headache for the team. Punjab struggled to take a single wicket in the first 10 overs. Mohammad Shami and Sheldon Cottrell are under a lot of pressure following a series of defeats. This is reflected in their bowling. Spinner Mujibur Rahman returned to the spin line but could not do much in the first match. Only Ravi Bishnoi is a little better. Today, Punjab may replace Chris Gayle with Glenn Maxwell.
Although there have been no great performances from the KKR players this season, they have been able to play in good harmony. The main strength of the team is that Ian Morgan is there to help Dinesh Karthik as captain. KKR won the toss and elected to field. Even when the bowling line-up shines flawlessly, the batsmen cannot shine. Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik are the main batsmen to disappoint. With Rahul Tripathi joining Shubman Gill in the opening, it gives the team more confidence. If the middle order batting improves a bit, KKR will pose a big challenge to its opponents. The pace bowling team is made up of youngsters Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkotty. Varun Chakraborty, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav, is also in perfect form.
Punjab- KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Puran, Simran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadeep Singh, Mujibur Rahman, Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.
KKR- Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nidheesh Rana, Sunil Narine, Ian Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkotty, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty.