Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Punjab boys in the 11th match of the IPL 2017. This match will be a tough contest for both the team as they have some big names on their side. Kolkata is coming back from the loss that they suffered against Mumbai Indians and would love to get back to winning ways. On the other hand, KXIP guys will be high on confidence after winning both of their matches in the IPL. They will also start the match as the clear favourite as they have performed brilliantly in their both games.
Kolkata side very strong and well settled. But they must have received a massive blow due to injury to their key player Chris Lynn who stole the show in KKR’s opening game. Lynn injured his shoulder in the last match while fielding. It is rumoured that he might not play any further part this year’s IPL.
KKR has a good, set batting line-up and some quality wrist spinners and Sunil Narine who could hand in the crucial stages of the game. The batting lineup will depend on the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Robbin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan. The one decision that Kolkata side will have to make that by whom are they going to replace Chis Lynn in the squad.
The bowling attack looks well settles and would get more spiced up as Umesh Yadav is likely to join the side in this match. The bowling attack is full of quality spin bowlers. They have the likes of Trent Boult, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav who would have the responsibility to keep control on Maxwell and Miller.
On the other hand, KXIP will be high on confidence after they won theirs both the match. They have managed to dominate their opponents in both the game. Their batting looks aggressive and dangerous with the like of Amla and Maxwell in superb form. They would love to win this match and make it three in three to go to the top of the points table. Maxwell already showed that he is up for the challenge this year by playing a fantastic knock in both the matches.
In this match also the batting lineup will depend on Vohra, Hashim Amla, Maxwell, Miller, Saha. In the bowling department, Sandeep Sharma will take the charge. He will get support from Axar Patel and Stonis. They have to focus on their bowling attack as they leaked a lot of runs in their last game. All and all the team looked well set to beat any other side in the IPL.
KKR vs KXIP Match Prediction, IPL 2017:
KKR are most likely to win this encounter due to the home advantage and has good bowling attack.