Match Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants

It’s a fight for the top two spots in IPL 10

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers Hyderabad broke Kolkata’s winning streak by beating them in the previous match. KKR will try and win today’s encounter and cement their place in the playoffs.

Chris Woakes was pretty expensive in the last match against the Sunrisers when he conceded 46 runs. It will be interesting to see if Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan will play his second match and replace Chris Woakes. This is Shakib’s last match before he reports for national duty.

Chris Lynn who was injured in a match against Mumbai Indians is likely to be fit for the playoffs. He joined the team for a practice session on Tuesday. Chris Lynn gave a stunning start for KKR by a 10 wicket victory against Gujarat Lions, if comes back in form nothing can stop KKR by winning matches.

Yusuf Pathan hasn’t really delivered for KKR and he will want to change that this match.

Rising Pune Supergiants

After the top order was dismantled by Gujarat Lions bowlers, Ben Stokes scored a stunning century for Pune and got them a much-needed win. Today KKR will try to get Stokes’ wicket before he damages their morale.

Imran Tahir is reaching for the clouds now after his brilliant spell of 3/27 against the Gujarat Lions.  Tahir will play a crucial role in the bowling attack for Pune and if he picks up wickets he’ll put KKR on the backfoot.

Jaydev Unadkat bowled pretty well picking up 3 wickets for 29 runs in the previous game. He bowls well in the Powerplay as well.