The erratic Kolkata Knight Riders will look to challenge the seemingly unstoppable force of table-toppers Kings XI Punjab when the two sides clash on Sunday. The last time the two sides faced off, it turned out to be a low-scoring affair, but even in that Punjab came out trumps after doing the job well with the ball. But given the sparkling form the duo of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller are in, KKR’s bowlers are likely to be put to the sword in Sunday’s game at the Barabati stadium.
On paper, it looks a lop-sided contest given that Punjab have a batting line-up, which has been in marauding form. If Maxwell and Miller were not a big enough headache to deal with for rival teams, Virender Sehwag is also slowly rediscovering his touch.
In fact, batting alone makes Punjab an intimidating side to take on and more so for KKR, a team struggling to find its feet even though the win over Delhi Daredevils in its previous match has come as a morale-booster. For once, Kolkata’s batting clicked with skipper Gautam Gambhir, who had been facing a barrage of criticism for poor form, leading the way with a half-century.
A bowling silver lining
Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey also did their bits to take KKR to an elusive win over Delhi Daredevils and they would be keen to carry that form into the match against Punjab. On the bowling front, KKR can draw some confidence form the fact that they managed to restrict Punjab’s marauding batsmen the last time the two teams clashed against each other. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine would once again be their trump card.
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