Kings XI Punjab Take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Mohali
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Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, match No. 49, Mohali: Punjab is in need of three back-to-back wins against the top three teams Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune respectively. Had Punjab beaten heavily-weakened Gujarat Lions at home, they would have been just inch closer to the playoffs. But, unfortunately, they missed it out completely despite Amla's sizzling ton on the day. And the loss snookered their playoff prospects.
Punjab, to their worry, will be without their opener Hashim Amla in their remaining three matches. Amla's withdrawal at such crucial stage could be a threat to their quest for the playoff qualification. Amla, in the tournament so far, has been in a top-notch touch with bat and two resounding centuries to his name are a testimony of it. Now, in Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders match at Mohali, the home side will eye to brace for the opponents' batting might that has demolished almost every opposition on occasions this year. Punjab would also need a few other results to go their way, particularly the one between Hyderabad and Gujarat on May 13.
Things look rosy for the already-qualified Kolkata Knight Riders. Win or defeat is not a question for them. However, what pushes them to become the winner of KXIP Vs KKR match is their pursuit to finish top of the table. In the last match against bottom-feeders RCB, they were able to break a run of two consecutive losses. With the help of Lynn-Narine's twin fifties, KKR made an emphatic statement chasing off 159 in a mere of 15.1 overs. Return of Chris Lynn brought the aggression and dynamism to their top-order. This also adds a fear factor to opponents' bowling department. Given their successful run, KKR would be confident to become the winner of KXIP Vs KKR match.
Will Kings XI Punjab bear down Kolkata's batting might in Mohali?