Xtra Time Internet Desk : Fresh from struggling a slim defeat on the fingers of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Shreyas Iyer’s Kolkata Knight Riders would intention to make their way back to winning means, when they clash towards the Punjab Kings in a intense face on Friday at the Wankhede Stadium.
Batting at the Wankhede, wherever the monitor is relatively fresh new, has not been straightforward as seen in the two online games performed at the location so significantly.
It may possibly be early days in the two-thirty day period very long IPL but the toss is by now playing a substantial job in the game’s outcome with dew coming into photograph in the second half of the recreation.
Kolkata’s openers, Ajinkya Rahane and the attacking Venkatesh Iyer perished cheaply versus RCB and the duo would be wanting to give a robust get started to the team.
When skipper Shreyas Iyer, who has been in excellent type in spite of the failure in opposition to RCB, would be an important cog in the wheel, but would will need assistance from the likes of Nitish Rana.
For remaining-handed Rana, consistency would be the crucial. Aside from the duo, the obligation in the center purchase wants to be shouldered by Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson and the major-hitting Andre Russell.
The KKR line-up has batters who can tear into any attack and the management would hope that they all fire in unison from Punjab.
On the bowling front, pacer Umesh Yadav was splendid in each the game titles with the new ball. Professional Kiwi bowler Tim Southee, who replaced Shivam Mavi and picked up 3 wickets, also has a critical function to play upfront.
The problem for Kolkata would be the form of spinner Varun Chakaravarthy, who requirements to strike the straps quickly.
Predicted KKR XI : Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy