For both Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab almost every player has responded and contributed to team’s dominance in the league phase.Now as both the teams face each other we take a look at some match-winners who can help their team to win Qualifier and then progress to the Finals.
Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Gautam Gambhir is a happy captain as his players have performed consistently in later half of the tournament. He has marshalled his troops according to their strengths like Robin Uthappa promoted to open. However, his own form has been a seesawand now with all important phase in IPL coming up Gauti will be eyeing for an impressive knock at the top. What better time than Qualifier against KXIP to perform and drive his side to the finals.
Shakib Al Hasan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hassan has come good for KKR. He has given them edge in both the departments and in T20 format having a world class allrounder is an asset. Shakib has scored runs at a strike-rate of 152.71 and has also picked 10 wickets at an economy of 6.30. KKR will want him to deliver in both the areas.
Virender Sehwag (Kings XI Punjab)
One typical Sehwag can certainly boost KXIP’s chance of qualifying for finals. Virender Sehwag’s fearless approach makes him dangerous and in big matches he knows how to deliver. In last few matches Sehwag has lost his wicket vey early and that has left KXIP a bit worried, but one can’t keep Nawab of Najafgarh silent for a long.
David Miller (Kings XI Punjab)
David Miller’s role in KXIP line-up is indispensible. He is not a one-dimensional batsman and can stay on the wicket till right time comes for him to go in attacking mode. Miller has been a match-winner for KXIP and has pulled things back from nowhere in the past.
Dark Horse: Akshar Patel (Kings XI Punjab)
Rookie spin bowler Akshar Patel has become a vital cog in KXIP bowling unit. He has grabbed the opportunity and fit in the shoes of a lead spinner pretty well. Patel is also handy with the bat and can score runs late down the order as he did in one of league games. For Patel it is an opening to deliver at a big stage.
Watch the live streaming of IPL 2014 Qualifier 1 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab here