Breaching the RR fortress, KXIP set eyes on KKR citadel
Cricket might have taken birth at the Lords but it surely has been brought up at the Edens. This ground has long been witnessing its home franchise playing here like the nickname it’s owner bears. That nickname is now up to face the challenge of the Kings of the IPL. In the game 6 of the IPL, when two Tamil Nadu leaders make their way out, both trying to revive their lost India career, both having two of the most destructive hitters in the game of Cricket and a spinning cream in their arsenal, all that is expected is proper entertainment. When the Universe Boss played at the Edens last time, the KKR bowlers were given the misery of their lives and then had the rain to rescue them. With a good weather forecast, expect that not to happen. On back of whatever happened at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, expect the entire cricket fraternity to be rooting for the KKR who are coming into this game by eking out a victory from the jaws of defeat thanks to the living version of muscular manforce, Andre Russell. Riding on decent form on display by Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa and Gill, KKR would hope no different from their main showmen.
Having breached the Royal fortress in Jaipur – after five successive losses there – KXIP now have their eyes set on another venue of similar rank. Their in-form opener KL Rahul may have fallen cheaply in their tournament opener, but with Chris Gayle at his exquisite best, and given his track record at Eden, KXIP will throw another massive challenge at KKR’s bowlers who underperformed with the bowl majorly in their last game.
On Monday, Gayle turned the middle overs to death overs and KXIP never really felt the pinch, but the visitors would want to strengthen their middle-order especially with David Miller now available for selection. Their bowling too lacked the edge in the absence of last edition’s Purple Cap holder Andrew Tye but he is now believed to be back in the mix. As courageously as they pulled things back eventually, KKR’s bowling too was all over the place in the first 16 until they managed to see off a returning David Warner. Karthik used as many as eight bowlers, which could be accounted to the injury scare of Sunil Narine. With Narine now passed fit, KKR are back to full strength which makes this game all the more exciting and one to look forward to.
KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
KXIP: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh/Karun Nair, R Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot