Pune, April 17: Their campaign off to a sedate start, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders would look to return to winning ways when they take on a dangerous Kings XI Punjab in their next Indian Premier League match, here tomorrow.
After getting off their title defence with a seven wicket mauling of Mumbai Indians, KKR slumped to a three-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match.
And come tomorrow, KKR would be looking to get their campaign back on track with some consistent show in the tournament. KKR's batting has been rock solid in their first two matches having registered scores in the range of 170.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir is in rollicking form striking back-to-back fifties, while the likes of Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell also contributing with the willow.
But it KKR's bowling which is a cause of concern. The likes of Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan and Piyush Chawla need to take up more responsibility to help the team's cause.
In fact, Narine has been economical in both the matches but he went wicket-less and that is what is hurting KKR the most. On the other hand, Kings XI too did not have the best of starts in this year's IPL having lost two and won just one out of their three games so far.
After losing by 26 runs to Rajasthan Royals in their tournament opener, Kings XI bounced back strongly to beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs. But their campaign suffered another jolt when they lost by five wickets to Delhi Daredevils here on Wednesday.
In the presence of Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell and skipper George Bailey, Kings XI possesses a heavy batting line-up which has the capability to tear apart any bowling attack. But for that to happen they need to fire in unison, which has not been the case so far.
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, George Bailey (captain), Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vora, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Shivam Sharma, Thisara Perera, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel, Ryan ten Doeschate, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha, Pat Cummins, Brad Hogg, KC Cariappa, Aditya Garhwal, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Sumit Narwal, Veer Pratap Singh and Vaibhav Rawal.
Match starts 8 PM IST