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IPL Preview: Rampaging Kings XI Punjab lock horns with KKR

May 10, 2014 18:16 IST

IPL Preview: Rampaging Kings XI Punjab lock horns with KKR

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Kolkata Knight Riders will look to challenge the seemingly unstoppable force of table-toppers Kings XI Punjab when the two sides clash in an IPL match in Cuttack 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.

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Image: Shivam Sharma celebrates after picking a wicket
Photographs: BCCI

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Punjab would be relying on batsmen again

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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, out-of-form veteran 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.

Punjab would be relying on batsmen to come good yet again and keep the pressure off bowlers, who, to their credit, have not done too badly.

Pacer Sandeep Sharma has been in consistent form and is currently third in the list of top wicket-takers this season after scalping 13 in six matches.

After a slow start, even Australian import Mitchell Johnson is in decent form now.

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Image: Glenn Maxwell (left) with David Miller
Photographs: BCCI

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Gambhir finally finds form

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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.

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 Sunday.

On the bowling front, KKR can draw some confidence form the fact that they managed to restrict Punjab's marauding batsmen the lats time the two teams clashed against each other. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine would once again be their trump card.


Image: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir celebrates with teammates
Photographs: BCCI

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