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IPL 2021: Rejuvenated Punjab Kings seek to build winning momentum against struggling Kolkata Knight Riders

IPL 2021: Rejuvenated Punjab Kings search to construct profitable momentum towards struggling Kolkata Knight Riders

Ahmedabad: Their three-match dropping streak lastly over, Punjab Kings would search to construct a profitable momentum after they face the struggling Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match right here on Monday.

Punjab made a profitable begin however then slumped to 3 straight losses earlier than producing a scientific present to beat defending champions Mumbai by 9 wickets on Friday, and they’d look to notch up one other triumph towards KKR which have suffered 4 defeats on the trot.

Captain KL Rahul has been one of many few constant performers within the formidable-looking Punjab batting unit and he as soon as once more led by instance towards MI with an unbeaten 60, his third fifty in 5 video games.

Mayank Agarwal has been the opposite most important performer and the return to type of ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle towards MI with a 43 not out ought to be excellent news for Punjab.

However Deepak Hooda, who has not carried out a lot after one spectacular innings, must step up if Punjab need to carry out constantly.

The place of Nicholas Pooran, who has scored 0, 0, 9, 0, within the taking part in XI is predicted to be beneath overview although his flip didn’t come within the final match.

The Punjab bowlers, who’ve been pedestrian in earlier matches, got here good of their final match with the proficient Ravi Bishnoi (2/21) and senior India pacer Mohammad Shami (2/21) main the cost.

Younger Arshdeep Singh has been a constant bowler with six wickets from 5 matches.

Then again, KKR, led by England’s World Cup profitable skipper Eoin Morgan, continued to slip after dropping to Rajasthan Royals by six wickets of their final match.

Their batting unit want a whole turnaround in kind if KKR has to snap their dropping streak.

The highest-five batsmen continued to battle with solely Nitish Rana – two half centuries – and Dinesh Karthik doing something of price.
Pacer Pat Cummins performed an unbelievable innings — 66 not out — for a dropping trigger towards Chennai Tremendous Kings however KKR would love their specialist batsmen to ship constantly as a substitute of counting on the decrease order.

Gill and Morgan have been in woeful kind they usually desperately want large scores to make themselves depend.

Gill has scored simply 80 runs from his 5 innings. Morgan is even worse with simply 45 from 5 innings.

Sunil Narine has been used to spice up to KKR innings on two events however the West Indian has not delivered until now with scores of 4 and 6.

Within the bowling division, Russell, Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna have been doing moderately nicely with 7, 6 and 5 wickets respectively.

Cummins has been underwhelming efficiency to date with 4 wickets from 5 matches.

Squad:

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Chopping, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.

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Updated: April 26, 2021 — 3:18 am

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