Kolkata Knight Riders are on the roll after winning four matches out of their five encounters in the ongoing tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as they won three matches on trot following their all-round performances.
At the moment Knight Riders top the points table with eight points in five matches followed by Mumbai Indians who also have eight points to their name.
While playing under the dynamic leadership of Gautam Gambhir, Knight Riders have emerged as a strong unit in the lucrative league which has further witnessed the support from team management without tinkering too much in the Playing XI.
Making use of the players according to the merit, Knight Riders is playing as a unit as they have registered four wins out of five matches.
We have had already witnessed some thrillers and Kolkata Knight Riders versus Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to go down the wire at Eden Gardens Kolkata which has further witness pace and bounce of late following the re-laid surface from the ground-staff.
Earlier, Knight Riders had a huge setback when Andre Russell violated anti-doping rules of the WICB before he was handed over one year ban.
However, things do look good for the well-balanced side (Knight Riders) as they’ve accelerated in the initial phase of the tournament.
In the head to head battle, Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions have faced each other thrice in which Lions have registered two wins in the last edition of IPL to find themselves at the third position on points tally.
However, the two-time champions Knight Riders have registered a 10-wicket win against Lions on April 7, 2017, after Chris Lynn ripped apart Suresh Raina-led team at Rajkot.
Recent Form In This Season:
KKR – W L W W W
GL – L L W LL
The combination of the team seemed to have gone through a well-detailed plan as they’ve the players, who could spring a surprise in the upcoming matches for Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the last game against Delhi Daredevils, fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile from Australia has played a pivotal role in team’s win against Delhi Daredevils before re-sounding performances from Manish Pandey and Yousuf Pathan with the bat same the side home by four wickets in a thrilling encounter.
Knight Riders would be banking on the comeback man Coulter-Nile for boost the bowling department in a bid to achieve the desired results in the forthcoming matches.
The individual performances from the Kolkata Knight Riders players have eased out the process for its skipper Gambhir, who has been leading from the front.
On the other side, Gambhir relied on non-regular opening partners as they’ve failed to give a decent start which further became the hot debate across social media platform.
However, relying on spinners too Knight Riders have the stock of slow bowlers available in the form of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan and Piyush Chawla, who further can give Gambhir a slender of an option – to follow the varieties at disposal against any strong opposition.
Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted XI:
Without tinkering too much in a side which has done well as a unit so far, Gambhir is likely to rely on the players he went with, in the past three matches.
Gautam Gambhir (C), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (WK), Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav.