These are early days within the Indian Premier League, however toss has already performed a task within the consequence of the fixtures with dew setting within the second half.
Each Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings shall be eager to win the toss and take advantage of the situations once they meet on the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
KKR head into the sport on the again of a three-wicket defeat in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore, whereas Punjab seems assured after beating RCB in its opener. And on a contemporary floor, Punjab shall be pinning its hopes on South African speedster Kagiso Rabada, who is predicted to be accessible after finishing his quarantine.
KKR’s top-order struggled in opposition to RCB pacers Akash Deep and Mohammed Siraj within the earlier outing. There shall be challenges with Rabada steaming in, supported by left-hand seamer Arshdeep Singh. So much will depend upon spinners Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar as nicely.
KKR’s bowling unit has been spectacular with Umesh Yadav again amongst wickets. He must maintain the momentum going, together with Tim Southee. Spinner Varun Chakravarthy, although, must hit the straps shortly.
Punjab’s batting unit seems to be balanced with captain Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Liam Livingstone. Uncapped Indian gamers Shahrukh Khan and Raj Angad Bawa, who faltered within the match opener, have the firepower to be potential match-winners.
KKR, however, must regroup shortly and be certain that its openers Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer can construct an extended partnership. Venkatesh did not convert begins within the two video games up to now, and the group administration shall be hoping that he strikes type.
Captain Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana must anchor the center order. After a quickfire knock in opposition to RCB, Andre Rusell had a ‘sore shoulder’ whereas fielding and his health shall be a priority for KKR.