Two Big Teams…. For One Big final…. The winner of this match will confirm their berth in the final and the other still has a chance in the Qualifier 2. So, both the teams will look out for this match as their semi-final match to confirm their berth for the Grand Finale !!!
Numbers clearly say the match will be a nail-biter. Though KKR leads 6 – 5 in head-to-head battle, KXIP has clearly showed their zeal in this tournament to be on the Top of the points table. Glenn Maxwell, top scorer in the side and has been performing superbly. He is so superb that Gayle– storm has now renamed as Maxwell-storm. Virender Sehwag too is looking in good touch. He is definitely giving some great starts. Miller, Bailey are confident enough and doing justice in their positions. George Bailey is very silent, but showing his captaincy ability well in this tournament.
Bowling department for Punjab has Akshar Patel, Mitchell johnson, Sandeep sharma, Rishi Dhawan, L.Balaji, all of them playing as a team. The big plus for Punjab is their consistency. The big minus for them is Maxwell seems to be slowed down and Sehwag needs to convert his starts into big scores.
KKR showed excellent discipline towards the second phase of the tournament, winning 7 matches in a row !!! Thanks to Robin Uthappa for his 613 runs in 14 innings with an average of 47.15 and he is the current Orange cap holder. Though Maxwell looked to be unreachable to all the batsmen, Uthappa’s disciple and consistency made him sit on the top. No other KKR player is currently in the top ten list, though a good news is that Yousuf Pathan is back to form with his fastest fifty against SRH in the last league match. Shakib-al-hasan is handy with both the bat and the ball. Sunil Narine leading his way in the bowling department, making it to the purple cap with 20 wickets. Their Discipline is too good in the last 7 matches. Big plus for KKR now is their confidence, winning 7 in a row in the Indian leg. Their previous match just shows the penetration in batting lineup.
So, this match is definitely a match between Glenn Maxwell Vs Robin Uthappa and George Bailey vs Gautam Gambhir. Who has the edge of winning, can only be decided at the end of the match tomorrow, It’s consistency of the Kings vs Discipline of the Knights !!!