KXIP look to exploit home conditions against KKR
Having slumped to two successive defeats, Kings XI Punjab will be hoping to revive their fortune when they take on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the Pepsi IPL 6 match in Mohali on Tuesday.
Lacklustre KXIP would be looking to exploit the home conditions against a strong Kolkata outfit, who got back to winning ways, outplaying Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs on Sunday at their home ground.
Kings XI had begun their campaign on a winning note against Pune Warriors but had failed to sustain the momentum against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
In fact, in their match against Rajasthan on Sunday night, they were handed a royal thrashing with the opposition running away with a comfortable six-wicket win.
Punjab batsmen need to fire in unison
The biggest problem for the Adam Gilchrist-led side is that it had failed to utilise its full 20 overs in the last two games.
The team folded in the 20th over against CSK, whereas it lost the plot in the 19th over against formidable the Royals.
For Kings XI to make a contest against KKR, who start as clear favourites at the PCA Stadium, they would need the likes of Gilchrist, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Singh, R Sathish to fire in unison.
David Hussey has been the lone bright spot in KXIP's batting line up and they would expect him to continue his good show.
As far as their bowling is concerned, Praveen Kumar will spearhead the attack with Ryan Harris, Azhar Mahmood and Parvinder Awana in the ranks. Even spinner Piyush Chawla is yet to play to his potential.
The hosts need all their bowlers to play like a unit to make an impact against KKR.
Image: Adam Gilchrist
Lee, Balaji- a treat to watch in Mohali
On the other hand, the Knight Riders are well aware that against a weak opposition they stand a good chance to improve their tally at the league stage and hence, they would everything to go for that kill.
KKR would look to repeat their power-packed batting performance against Hyderabad.
Significant contributions from skipper Gautam Gambhir (53), Eoin Morgan (47) and Jacques Kallis (41) enabled KKR to reach a commanding 180 for four on a slow track. But the Sunrisers didn't have the firepower to make a match of it and they managed only 132 for seven, even as the bowlers tightened the nooze.
It was a team effort and nothing less than that would satisfy the Knight Riders on Tuesday as well.
The likes of Brett Lee and Laxmipathy Balaji on the fast and bouncy Mohali wicket would be a treat to watch.Besides, 'mystery spinner' Sunil Narine is a dangerous turner of the ball.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), ManvinderBisla, Jacques Kalis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Eoin Morgan,Rajat Bhatia, Ryan McLaren, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine,Laxmipathy Balaji, Brendon McCullum, Brad Haddin, Ryan tenDoeschate, Sachithra Senanayake, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, SarabjitLadda, Debabrata Das, Iqbal Abdulla, Mohammad Shami Ahmed.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (C), Azhar Mahmood, LukePomersbach, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas,Manpreet Gony, Nitin Saini, Parvinder Awana, Paul Valthaty,Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Rajagopal Sathish, Ryan Harris,Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, HarmeetSingh Bansal, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Mandeep Singh,Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh.
Image: Brett Lee celebrates