Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Kings XI Punjab: Sixth IPL Match Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Kings XI Punjab: Sixth IPL Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab come off wins in their first games of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Kolkata play at Eden again where Andre Russell's heroics gave them a fantastic win while Punjab travel to another state for the second time in the season. The Ashwin-led unit came under scrutiny for the "Mankading" incident on Monday and will hope to rectify their poor record at Eden and against Kolkata.

The think-tank should opt for the inclusion of Andrew Tye in the King's XI line-up while Kolkata should be unchanged for this fixture. The trio of Kolkata spinners should once again be in the spotlight while Kings XI themselves have a handy array of tweakers at their disposal.

Conditions: Pace expected to do damage early on although a high scoring match is on the cards

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Wicket-keeper: Lokesh Rahul (10 credits)

Rahul had an off day in the first game of the season but with a World Cup spot in his reach, he should find his rhythm soon. The opener was in terrific form last season for Kings XI and was a huge force to reckon with in the powerplays. Technically strong, Rahul can thwart the Kolkata attack if he can find his feet early on.

Batsman: Chris Gayle (10 credits)

Rahul's partner and the incredible Chris Henry Gayle returns to Eden where he first began his IPL career. The marauding West Indian opener is a brilliant player once he gets

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