Date & Time: Friday, May 03, 20:00 IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India
The scenario is quite clear for both the teams;they need to win the remaining matches in order to have any chance of making it into the playoffs. Both KXIP & KKR have issues with their respective bowling attack, and how they perform in Mohali on a sporting surface will determine the outcome of the match.
KXIP is likely to change their Playing XI as they did so far in the season, but it is unclear how they are going to approach the game. While the possible change will be leaving out both Miller and Mujeeb to bring in Curran, and Vijeon or Andrew Tye. KKR is likely to stick with the same team unless they consider going in for an extra spinner.
The surface has been a sporting one where both batsmen and bowlers have had an equal share. There was rain in Mohali in Thursday and we expect the surface to offer a little more assistance for the pacers. Dew is likely to have its effect in the second half of the match.
A big knock from the Universe Boss is a must for KXIP, who are in a critical situation. Coming home at this point of time might work for Gayle, where he has scored the bulk of runs in the season. His record against KKR bowlers is also in his favor with an exception of Narine. He scored just 10 runs in 22 balls and got out once in recent times against Narine. However, according to our Dream11 expert analysis, the low strike rate is not much of an issue for Gayle, because once he gets going, it is usually devastating for the opposition.
He is a must have player in all the Dream11 fantasy cricket teams. He is in the best form of his life and no bowling attack seems to have the caliber to stop him. So expect nothing different from him in today’s IPL match. KXIP have already experienced the horror of a Russell attack (48 runs in 17 balls) in their previous encounter, and this time he might be batting up the order. Adding to his batting onslaught, Russell also has an edge when it comes to bowling against KXIP batsmen. He dismissed Gayle thrice, Agarwal & Miller twice each and Pooran once in the last few T20s.
As per our IPL expert’s prediction, he is going to be an important batsman for Kolkata against KXIP, whose bowling attack mostly revolves around spinners. He has a good record against KXIP bowlers in the past 5 T20s and his present form might aid him to perform well once again. He has scored 41 & 35 in last 2 matches at this venue.
He has an impressive record against KKR bowlers in recent times, as has a strike rate of >150 against each of them. In addition, his present form makes him the top pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players in today’s IPL match. But, he has to shift gears early in the innings, as his cautious approach hurt KXIP a few times in the season.