As six opening ceremonies of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 are done and dusted, it is now time for former two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to host their opening function , at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. The ceremony will happen prior to their match against current table-toppers Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The live cricket streaming of the opening ceremony will be available on Hotstar. The live telecast of the match will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD in English, along with Hindi commentary on SET MAX, while SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD would be telecasting it in Tamil, Telugu and Bengali commentary as well. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2017, Match 11
KKR have a clear advantage over KXIP. The two teams have faced each other 19 times and KKR have emerged victorious on 13 occasions. In fact, KKR have won the last 7 matches against KXIP. The last time KXIP beat KKR was in April 2014 at Dubai. At Eden Gardens, KKR have won 6 out of the 8 matches against Glenn Maxwell’s side. We have to go way back to 2012 when KXIP trounced KKR at their own den.
Nonetheless, while KKR might be head and shoulders above when it comes to the overall records, one cannot deny that KXIP have enough firepower to take their team over the line. KKR were in control for most parts of the match against Mumbai Indians (MI), but they leaked runs left, right and centre and as a result lost a match that they should have won. Umesh Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan’s inclusion will bolster the home camp.
Bollywood diva Shraddha Kapoor is expected to perform in the opening ceremony prior to the game. All in all, the stage is set for enough entertainment and fireworks with bat and ball.