Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Kings XI pick Ankit Rajpoot and bowl

Kings XI pick Ankit Rajpoot and bowl

This will be a huge positive for the KXIP as this player can alone turn the match in either way. KKR lose their first wicket.

The 38-year-old blasted an unbeaten 104 off 63 balls - his 21st Twenty20 hundred and sixth in the Indian Premier League - to help Kings XI Punjab end Sunrisers Hyderbad's unbeaten campaign with a 15-run defeat.

In a shock development, Gayle almost missed out on this year's IPL campaign, after going unsold in the first two rounds of bidding during the auction last January.

Both have won their last matches, both have the same amount of points at present, although Kolkata Knight Riders have played a match more than Kings XI Punjab.

"Lot of people always ask us bowling coaches "what's the plan". I just want to move on, enjoy my cricket".

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi and Kuldeep Yadav. Kings XI Punjab secured 12 runs from the fourth over bringing their total of 25 without any loss. However, when the two face off at Eden Gardens on early Saturday evening, then it won't just be a battle between the two table-toppers. "They are becoming highly specialised in this format of the game, whereas some of the others play all the three formats of the game", Streak said.

Along the way, Gayle put on 53 for the first wicket with Lokesh Rahul (18) and added a further 85 for the third wicket with Karun Nair (31).

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The left-hander has showed fine temperament, forming the backbone of their batting, which wore an unsettled look at the start. RCB bank on home games Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Chris Woakes believes they will use their four consecutive home games in Bengaluru as "a springboard" to turn things around after managing only one win in four games.

After winning the toss, R Ashwin said: "We are going to bowl first". And Mujeeb Ur Rahman has displayed just that - his finger spin has been a treat to watch.

The 17-year-old off-spinner has been able to fox batsmen, including Kohli, with his guile and has a tidy economy rate of 6.80 from four matches.

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ashwin, said, "I think it was a complete performance".

Secondly, Rana broke a solid opening stand between Ajinkya Rahane and D Arcy Short by dismissing both the openers in a Rajasthan Royals versus Kolkata Knight Riders match.

Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders finished their innings at 191-7 as Chris Lynn starred with the bat, scoring 74 runs.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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