Kolkata Knight Riders has been playing with an intensive form. The score of 65 within the Powerplay overs in the previous fixture was a sheer sight of this very form. Players like Sunil Narine are emerging as strong bet for the team. Still the match at Eden Garden against Royal Challengers Bangalore cam came up as a weaker stance of the team that exhausted at 131. So far, Kolkata is among the most consistent batting sides. Bowlers too are coming up with excellent attacks. In the match, toppling a team like Bangalore at 49 was possible only with a squad that is perfect enough in bowling as well as fielding. In overall, Kolkata has been with the most effective combination of bowling and batting.
Still, the team has not restricted itself to a concreate combination. Although they are sticking to the core players without much changes, they have tried several changes around the selection of allrounders. The options for pace bowling and spins are also tried with Trent Boult and Chris Woakes. Whereas on the fronts of allrounders, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Colin de Grandhomme are being leveraged. This season, KKR pacemen are being bowling expensive, but spinners are quite effective. For the recent fixture against Pune, the team might seek to replace Coulter-Nile. The player could give a way to Trent Boult or Shakib Al Hasan.
In the previous season rain helped Kolkata to win both the matches at the home ground against Pune. MS Dhoni is on spot light in the match after his match winning strike on the previous fixture. In bowling, despite the absence of Ashwin, the department is playing strong. Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur emerged as the attacks right at the time when they were needed the most. It means, the team is with dependable bowling arsenal, which is quite expendable. Additionally, as Ajinkya Rahane pointed out, the Pune pitch might come out as an advantage of home batsmen. Meanwhile, captain Gambhir is keen to “start off really well” in the match.
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