IPL 7 15th match KXIP Vs KKR : Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Live scores, 26 Apr, 2014
Match Teams: Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Match Venue: Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time: 18:30 local time (14:30 GMT) (8:00 PM IST)
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to bowl first
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Kings XI Punjab: W W W L L
Kolkata Knight Riders : W L W L W
Kings XI's costliest buy at the auction, Mitchell Johnson, hasn't quite hit the peaks he found in the IPL last year, where he took 24 wickets in 17 games for Mumbai Indians. There's a big decision to be made on how he plans the next phase of his career, but for the time being, Kings XI need an inspiring rally from him if they are to deal with the reputation of being extravagant with the ball.
Knight Riders' opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis occupy the top two spots on the list of batsmen with most ducks in the IPL. In four innings right before the IPL, Gambhir had tallied 162 runs, which is why his recent failure looks even starker. For a captain whose leadership thrives with his own performance - he was one of the top run-getters in the league when Knight Riders won the title in 2012 - a return to form is imperative at this stage.
A shaky batting order is not a problem area for the Kings XI exclusively. The longest Knight Riders' openers have lasted together is 10 balls and their Indian batsmen have also been diffident. The relatively weaker Kings XI bowling offers a chance to strike form.
In 65 innings, Glenn Maxwell has faced 348 dot balls out of a total 898 balls faced.
In three seasons for Rajasthan Royals, Yusuf Pathan had scored 1011 runs with a hundred and six fifties. In three IPL seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders, he has 809 runs and just one fifty, which came in last year's edition.
Kings XI have won five out of 11 games between the two teams.
Kings XI Punjab team:MG Johnson,M Kartik,V Sehwag,SE Marsh,WP Saha,GJ Bailey,A Patel,L Balaji,CA Pujara,NLTC Perera,P Awana,Mandeep Singh,DA Miller,GJ Maxwell,Rishi Dhawan,Gurkeerat Singh,Manan Vohra,Sandeep Sharma,BE Hendricks,Shardul Thakur
Kolkata Knight Riders team:G Gambhir,PP Chawla,RV Uthappa,YK Pathan,JH Kallis,M Morkel,Shakib Al Hasan,RN ten Doeschate,M Pandey,MS Bisla,U Yadav,DB Das,SP Narine,Andre Russell,CA Lynn,Veer Pratap Singh,Kuldeep Yadav