A step away from elimination, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders will collide in Mohali on Friday (May 3) to keep their remote playoffs hopes alive.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) host Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali in the 52nd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019, with the losing side certain to get knocked out of contention for the playoffs.
Friday night in Mohali could turn out to be a battle between two six-hitting machines, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell.
Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate.
Andre Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69.
Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25.
KL Rahul is enjoying a good IPL and is currently second in the run-scorers’ list with an unbeaten century to his name, while Chris Gayle is fifth in the list with 448 runs even though consistency is something that has lacked in his game.
Apart from Rahul and Gayle, the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran and David Miller haven’t been able to create an impact this season.
PROBABLE Playing XI in IPL today Match
Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh/Mandeep Sing/Karun Nair, R Ashwin (capt), M Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh/Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Kolkata: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (capt/wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.