IPL 2018, Match 44: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders moved into top four after registering a 31-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in Indore.

Kings XI Punjab captain R. Ashwin (left) and Dinesh Karthik at the toss. Photo: Sportzpics/IPL

 

TOSS UPDATE: Kings XI Punjab wins toss, chooses to bowl.

One change for Knight Riders: West Indian Javon Searless comes in for Tom Curran.

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): R. Ashwin (c), K. L. Rahul (w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav.

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After a bright start, Kolkata Knight Riders has stuttered in the Indian Premier League to slowly fall to the fifth position in the table. In the race for the top four, its opponent on Saturday, Kings XI Punjab, finds itself in a much better position, with six wins from 10 matches and a winning momentum. Chris Gayle and K. L. Rahul have been in good form, as has been pacer Andrew Tye, the leading wicket-taker for the side with 16 wickets.

Knight Riders, therefore, has a task on its hands to stem the slide. A major challenge would be to stop openers Rahul and Gayle from running away with the contest, as had happened the last time these teams had met. Welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the match. Here's the preview.