IPL 2017 KXIP Vs KKR Match Preview: Must win situation for Punjab against Kolkata

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KXIP VS KKR Match Preview

IPL 2017 is coming towards its fag end and with it, the fight for the playoff spot has become intense. Teams are giving their all to fix their spot in the final four. With the perspective of final four standings, today’s match between Gautam Gambhir led KKR and Glenn Maxwell led KXIP is very crucial for both the teams. They will battle it out in the home ground of KXIP at PCA stadium, Mohali in the night fixture.

KXIP started their IPL 2017 campaign with a bang by winning their first two games comfortably but faltered after that and the game vs KKR is a do or die situation for KXIP. They are coming in this fixture with a loss against Gujarat Lions after which their chances for the playoffs took a beating and they now faces a must-win situation in their remaining games to keep their playoffs hope alive.

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In this fixture, they will be without the services of the in-form batsman Hashim Amla who has to leave for South Africa for national duty. It will be a huge loss for KXIP as he was their key batsman and the leading scorer for them with two centuries one of which came in the last game against GL. Manan Vohra can take his place at the top of the order. Apart from this, they are also jolted by some injuries to their key players. In the absence of key players captain, Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh will have to shoulder the responsibility of their side. The main worry for KXIP will be the form of their bowlers as they were unable to defend a good score of 189. To further strengthen their bowling Matt Henry can be included to the side. West Indian allrounder Darren Sammy can also be included to the side who brings a lot of balance to the side with his powerful hitting and can bowl 4 overs also when needed with his exceptional fielding.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Probable XI

Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell(c), Gurukeerat Singh Mann, Wridhhiman Saha(wk), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron/Darren Sammy, T Natarajan/Matt Henry, Sandeep Sharma

KXIP faces one of the toughest opponents of this year IPL in the form of KKR. This Kolkata team is coming in this fixture by inflicting a huge loss to RCB in their own backyard. They will look to consolidate their position at the top of the points table to stake a claim at the playoff spot.

They are breathing fire at the top of the order in the form of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn who made a successful return to the side after an injury layoff. They blasted RCB in their previous game and will be eager to do it once again against weakened KXIP. The middle order is strong in the presence of Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, and Yusuf Pathan.Bowlers are doing a good job and are in nice form as evidenced by their performance in their game against RCB where they restricted the heavy batting lineup to a below par total. The only concern for KKR is the absence of their in-form batsman Robin Uthappa due to injury, he will return to the side if declared fit and take the place of Sheldon Jackson.  Apart from this, they will not think to tinker their winning combination.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Probable XI

Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson/ Robin Uthappa (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Ankit Rajpoot, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav

As playoff spot at stake both the team will look to outplay each other. It is going to be a cracking contest.

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