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And the KKR side is back to its homeground yes to the Edens with 1 win and a loss, they will be playing their 3rd match in their home venue, it will very exciting to watch the match live from the Edens with so much of curiosity and fiery performances to be lined up for tomorrow’s match
KKR are a team that approach the T20 game with a fixed formula. They have a good, set batting line-up before the wrist spinners and Sunil Narine come into play. It’s a formula that has worked well more often than not and it is not going to change too much for this game either.
In just two games this season, KXIP too have shown an inclination to sticking to a plan. The top-order batsmen build a good base before the likes of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller bring in the firepower. They have also been lucky with the bowling form of the likes of Axar Patel and Varun Aaron, who have managed to create an impact.
The batting plan might still do with a bit of tinkering if the situation calls for the firepower to come in earlier than they would, but the onus will be on Maxwell and Miller to deliver every time, while they hope for the bowlers to continue their good show.
History: KKR have had the wood over KXIP over the seasons, winning 13 of the 19 games against them, including the last seven encounters on the trot. The record is even better in Eden Gardens, with the home side winning six out of eight.
When: April 13, 08:00 PM IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: The pitch has a tinge of green and there is likely to be assistance for the pacers.
KKR: The injury to Lynn will force Kolkata to make a change and Shakib Al Hasan is likely to replace him. The change will also make KKR go back to their trusted opening combination of Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. Ankit Rajpoot could also make way for Umesh Yadav.
Likely XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav
KXIP: After two wins, including a resounding one against RCB in their previous game, KXIP are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination.
Likely XI: Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Varun Aaron
What they said:
“We know how aggressive a player Maxwell is. Maxwell and Viru bhai (Sehwag)have told us to play freely and without thinking much. If your role is to score 20 off 10, then just go and express yourself. That’s a big plus point and something that was on full display in the last two matches. We have won in 15-16 overs. A big plus for the side.” – Wriddhiman Saha