Hello, good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for the 11th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). This is Pramod Ananth bringing you all the live cricket updates and scores of the KKR vs KXIP match. It will be interesting to see if KXIP maintain the winning run when they face KKR in their own backyard, Eden Gardens. Even though KXIP are table-toppers in IPL 2017, it will be an uphill climb for them to get the better of the star-studded KKR. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 11
KXIP are sitting pretty at the first position after winning two matches by big margins. KXIP began IPL 2017 with a 6-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and hammered Gujarat Lions (GL) by an even better margin of 8 wickets. KXIP have shown tremendous discipline with both bat and ball, but what has stood out for the Glenn Maxwell-led team is the approach in chases, with the captain playing two crucial unbeaten innings to mark a positive start. KXIP have 4 points in 2 matches with a net run-rate (NRR) of 1.598.
On the other hand, KKR are one of the three teams so far who have played only two matches in IPL 10 at this stage. KKR have had a mixed start with one victory and a defeat, but their 10-wicket mauling of Gujarat Lions in their opener ensures they have a very healthy run-rate. KKR have NRR of 1.279 despite a 4-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians (MI) in their second match, a game in which KKR made plenty of errors to lose from a position of winning.
KKR are currently sweating over the fitness of Chris Lynn who had injured his shoulder a few minutes after he was honoured with the Orange Cap. Lynn smacked a 41-ball 93 not out in the first game and, in the next, he scored 32 to mark an excellent start to IPL. Lynn has suffered injuries to his shoulder several times.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Manish Pandey, Sunil Narine, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Darren Bravo, Ishank Jaggi, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Hashim Amla, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Miller, Glenn Maxwell (c), Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, T Natarajan, Swapnil Singh, Darren Sammy, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan, Ishant Sharma, Martin Guptill, Anureet Singh, Varun Aaron, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Matt Henry, Nikhil Naik, Rahul Tewatia, KC Cariappa, Pardeep Sahu, Rinku Singh, Armaan Jaffer.