Kings XI Punjab, virtually out of the tournament will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in an attempt to restore some respectability to their position in the campaign. Kolkata on the other hand, will be eyeing a spot in the play offs and would be looking to strengthen their place in the league table. Punjab is coming into this game after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It cannot get any worse for the Mohali based franchise from here onwards and one gets the feeling that it is them that most of the teams should be wary of. Here’s taking a look at some of the top players taking part in this game.
Brad Hogg: The 45-year-old bowler has taken the tournament with storm after being denied a spot in the team for most of the first half of the season. He has made it difficult for batsmen to score in the middle overs of the game and has also picked up wickets consistently. He has had such an impact over the tournament that he has now become the lead spinner in the side. A team cannot ask for more when they have a wily old Aussie in their side looking to get the better of batsmen with a smile.
Piyush Chawla: The Leg- spinner came back with figures of 4 for 31 in the last game and was also sent to disrupt the momentum of the bowlers to bat after the first wicket fell. He has been a regular in the team for a long time now but his performances have always gone unnoticed due to the presence of the huge stars in the team.
Andre Russell: André Russell has been one of the key players with the bat and the ball for the knight riders this season. Russell has won several games for them on his own when all seemed lost. He was rather ineffective in the last game but we all know that this man can turn the tables around for his team. Check Out: IPL 2015 Schedule – All Match Fixtures and Complete Time Table of IPL.
Anureet Singh: One of the two fast bowling stars in the kings XI side. Anureet bowled with an economy of 6.25 when every experienced and feared bowler went for 10+ runs an over in the last game against Chris Gayle and co. He is very good up top but his performance with the old ball at the death is what has brought him into lime light this season.
Sandeep Singh: Another fast bowling young talent that has emerged for the Punjab side. He has been on the radar for a couple of years now but his performances have been the redeeming factor for the down and out Punjab side in this IPL. With the ability to trouble even the best of the batsmen with his swing and seam with the new ball, he would be responsible to get rid of the top heavy batting order that the Knight Riders possess.