Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Match 24 of IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Kolkata 91/3 after 14 overs: Dinesh Karthik breaks away from the schakles and just manages to clear the long-on fence. Mujeeb finishes his spell and records figures of 4-0-44-0.
Kolkata 75/3 after 13 overs: Mujeeb and Bishnoi are bowling well in tandem but Shubman Gill is well-set although his strike-rate is a tad low compared to his usual outings. Couple of important overs.
Kolkata 68/3 after 12 overs: Mujeeb has bounced back nicely as he gives just four from his over. Kolkata in desperate need for some momentum.
Kolkata 64/3 after 11 overs: Ravi Bishnoi breaks the stand and he removes the well-set Eoin Morgan for a 23-ball 24. Dinesh Karthik joins Shubman Gill.
Kolkata 60/2 after 10 overs: Mujeeb is being expensive as Morgan gets a move on with a six into the deep mid-wicket stands. Punjab needs to break this stand.
Kolkata 49/2 after 9 overs: Top stuff by Ravi Bishnoi as he gives just four from his opening spell. This has been a better show with the ball so far, from Punjab.
Kolkata 45/2 after 8 overs: It’s been a slow start by KKR and both Morgana and Gill will try to make a move on from now.
Kolkata 38/2 after 7 overs: Expensive from Mujeeb as he goes for 13 with Morgan pulling out a stylish reverse sweep as Kolkata rebuilds.
Kolkata 25/2 after 6 overs: Second lowest total in PowerPlay. Excellent start by Punjab and it needs to build the pressure more and get another wicket.
Kolkata 19/2 after 5 overs: Chris Jordan allows Shubman Gill to release the pressure by straying on the pads and Gill puts it to the boundary. Punjab will aim to pick one more and further push Kolkata.
Kolkata 15/2 after 4 overs: Punjab wanted a good start and it has got as a complete breakdown in communication saw Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill standed at the striker’s end with Rana, eventually having to depart after being run-out. Poor start by KKR and England captain Eoin Morgan is out early in the middle.
Kolkata 13/1 after 3 overs: Mohammed Shami strikes and Rahul Tripathi’s clumsy stay at the crease ends. The in-dipper around middle and leg, Tripathi plays all around it only to see his stumps clattered. Nitish Rana joins Shubman Gill.
Kolkata 7/0 after 2 overs: Excellent from Arshdeep Singh as he starts his spell with a maiden. Slow start by KKR.
Kolkata 7/0 after 1 over: Shubman Gill gets the first boundary for KKR and is off the mark but Rahul Tripathi is yet to get on the scorecard. Shami gives seven in his first over.
Mohammed Shami will start the afternoon proceedings with Rahul Tripathi on strike. Here we go!
The players are done with their warm-ups and out comes the Punjab side with KL Rahul donning the Orange Cap. For Kolkata it will be Shubman Gill along with Rahul Tripathi, who cashed in when asked to open the innings.
Alright we are set to roll in what promises to be a cracker of a Saturday. First up, it’s the clash between Punjab and Kolkata followed by Chennai vs Bangalore. If you have just tuned in, Kolkata won the toss and asked Punjab to bowl first.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders wins toss, elects to bat first.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh(w), Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Dinesh Karthik: The wicket looks dry so we’ll have a bat first. As the tournament progresses we’ll get the right batting order, but it worked well in the last game. Mavi has a few niggles so Prasidh comes in for him.
KL Rahul: We have a lot of experience like Anil, Andy and Jonty. We have Gayle and Maxi and seniors who have kept it positive. We just haven’t turned it around in the big moments that’s why we are at the bottom of the table. Jordan comes in for Cottrell, who has a niggle and might miss out on a couple of games.
Glenn Maxwell retains his place as Chris Gayle continues to sit out.
Chris Gayle is likely to be in the Kings XI Punjab line-up, which means Glenn Maxwell, owing to his poor form will have to sit out.
Last season, Kolkata got the better of Punjab in both the outings. In the first match featuring the two sides, KKR won by 28 runs and in the other match, it claimed the victory by seven wickets.
The two teams have faced each other 25 times in the IPL so far, with KKR holding a 17-8 head-to-head win/loss record over KXIP.
An inconsistent middle-order has been an area of concern for Kolkata Knight Riders in this edition of the Indian Premier League. When it takes on an under-fire Kings XI Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the spotlight will be on Andre Russell and skipper Dinesh Karthik.
After struggling to get its opening combination right in the first four games, the Knight Riders seem to have finally found a right pair in Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi – who proved his mettle with a gritty 81 off just 51 deliveries against Chennai Super Kings.
Squads (Predicted XI)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine/Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Prabhsimran Singh/Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Match No 24 – Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi