The IPL bandwagon for the year 2017 finally hits Kolkata, the home of the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir’s men will go up against a Kings XI Punjab side that has surprised almost everyone by winning its first two games quite comfortably. Glenn Maxwell’s men have won games by being quietly efficient on the field even while they talk of playing a more free-spirited game. KKR meanwhile have blown hot and cold, thrashing Gujarat Lions in their opening game before lacklustre bowling and catching cost them the game against Mumbai Indians.
Going into their first home fixture of the season, KKR are the latest to be hit by the injury bug that has plagued IPL 10. Chris Lynn, who stole the show in KKR’s opening game had an unfortunate recurrence of a troublesome shoulder injury, which has sidelined him for at least a few more games. But KKR will be boosted by the arrival of Shakib Al Hasan and Umesh Yadav who have joined the team ahead of this clash.
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.
So let us see what happens tonight at 8pm at the Eden Garden of Kolkata. The match is surely going to be an interesting one and we are eagerly waiting for another blow after yesterday’s mind blowing match.