Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Kings XI Punjab, IPL: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

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Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

With both teams coming off victories in their latest matches, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab face off in their next game in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

 

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date: Saturday, April 26

Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST/6:30 p.m. local time

Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).

Weather: According to Weather.com, Abu Dhabi promises to be sunny and warm, with temperatures reaching 36 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

After a stutter against the Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata got back on track against Royal Challengers Bangalore with a close win by two runs.

The Knight Riders batted first and made 150-7, thanks in large part to 45 from Chris Lynn and 43 from Jacques Kallis.

Their bowlers then just about managed to restrict Bangalore to 148-5 in reply, with Vinay Kumar leading the way with 2-26 from his four overs that included the final one.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab are the last IPL team left with a 100 percent winning record as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by the enormous margin of 72 runs.

Punjab batted first and mounted a staggering 193-6, with Glenn Maxwell once again dominating with a superb 95 from 43 deliveries.

In reply, Hyderabad were unable to provide much of a response and folded for 121, with Lakshmipathy Balaji taking 4-13 from four overs.

With both teams in winning form, this game is sure to be an exciting one.

 

Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Manvinder Bisla, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das, Jacques Kallis, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn, Sayan Mondal, Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Veer Pratap Singh, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab (from): George Bailey (capt), Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Beuran Hendricks, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Singh, Murali Kartik, Sandeep Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur, Karanveer Singh, Shivam Sharma, Manan Vohra, David Miller.

 

Key Players

Chris Lynn

Showing himself to be immensely capable in the top order is Chris Lynn, who looks in impressive form already.

The young Australian will be hopeful of more success after a good start to the 2014 edition.

 

Glenn Maxwell

Seemingly on track already to win the award for the most IPL runs, Glenn Maxwell has started this year in excellent form.

He will be the wicket prized above all others by the Knight Riders.

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