It has been a mixed bag for the Kolkata Kinght Riders in the IPL so far. After defeating the much fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match they’ve slumped to two consecutive losses against the Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
They look like a balanced squad but some cracks are beginning to show.
A few experiments with the batting line up haven’t paid off and the opening slot is still up for grabs. An out of form Chris Lynn has made it tough for his partners and KKR might again opt for Sunil Narine at the top against the Delhi Daredevils.
The new man in charge Dinesh Karthik has looked solid and is the glue that holds everyone together. However there is also a chance that the Under19 sensation Shubhman Gill could be promoted up the order.
The injuries continue to plague the KKR sending another pacer to the Doctor’s table. After the Mitchell Starc departure, India Under19 pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti has also been ruled out of the IPL due to a foot injury.
After making three changes in the last match, KKR wouldn’t be willing to experiment anymore so soon again. Shivam Mavi in place of Vinay Kumar looks a great choice and they should be persistent with him.
Predicted XI :
Chris Lynn, Shubhman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C), Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.