KKR VS KXIP PITCH REPORT: EDEN GARDENS PITCH REPORT INCLUDING IPL PITCH REPORT TODAY AND KOLKATA WEATHER CONDITIONS
After winning two back-to-back games against previous champions SRH and CSK, Kings XI Punjab will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 21st. Both KKR and KXIP are being led by new captains this season and given the start these franchises have made to IPL 2018, it would be fair to say that both Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik have done a brilliant job getting the best out of their players. The match at Eden Gardens will be an intensely fought out match between some of the best T20 players from around the world. T20 legend Chris Gayle answered his critics with a brilliant hundred in KXIP’s last match against SRH and he will now be up against his compatriots Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, both of whom have him been excellent for the KKR outfit. One player who will be worried about his form is Chris Lynn, the destructive Australian opener hasn’t been able to get going and is in desperate need of confidence-boosting innings. There are many variables which will be of importance to this match but the most important factor prior to the match will be KKR vs KXIP pitch report or Kolkata Cricket Pitch Report. Edens Gardens is undoubtedly one of the finest cricket stadiums in the world and it has hosted some of the biggest matches in this country’s history. The stadium has also hosted 2 IPL Finals and has witnessed of the greatest moments in Indian cricketing history. For both captains, knowing the Kolkata vs Punjab pitch report will be essential in order to put out a playing 11 that has the best chance of winning the match.
KKR vs KXIP Pitch Report: IPL pitch report today, Eden Gardens Pitch Report, KXIP vs KKR Pitch Report
Before get into the details about the Eden Gardens pitch report, let’s take a brief look at the history of this iconic ground. Established in 1864, the grounds current capacity is over 66,000. Over the years, Eden Gardens has hosted some big matches, including World Cup Final, Champions Trophy Final and T20 World Cup Final. As of 2017, the stadium has hosted the highest number of International matches in India – 82 that includes 40 Test matches, 31 ODIs and 6 T20Is, 4 Women ODIs and 1 Women T20I. Even legendary football player Pele graced the Eden Gardens with his New York Cosmos team who had come down to India to play against Mohun Bagan.
Coming back to the Kolkata Cricket Pitch Report and IPL pitch report today, Eden Gardens is traditionally known to have a beautiful batting pitch, which as the game goes wears off and thus helps the spinners come in play. Seamers haven’t got much joy at this ground recently and therefore, the IPL 2018 KKR vs KXIP match could come down to which set spin bowlers do better on the day. Kolkata Knight Riders have a fantastic trio of spin bowlers who are experts at strangling the batsman and putting him under severe pressure. Out of the 3 matches that have taken place at the venue this season, 2 have been won by the team batting second, while the last match here between KKR and DD was won by the team batting first.
The trend in IPL 2018 have been to win the toss and bowl first but Ravichandran Ashwin took the bold decision against SRH of batting first and it paid off as Gayle ran havoc around the Mohali Stadium. It will be interesting to see what KXIP do if they win the toss, with the kind of batting line-up they have it might suit them to put runs on the board and then try and defend.
At this time of the season there is also the threat of rain that surrounds Kolkata, we have already had one rail curtailed match here and if that is the case tonight than even the seam bowlers can find some joy from this Eden Garden pitch. This is not a very high scoring ground when it comes to T20 matches and therefore the chasing could be very appealing to the captain winning the toss. The average 1st innings score is 148 while the average 2nd innings score is 128. The odds are also in favour of team batting second in day/night matches but given this is a day match, we might see a captain taking the bold decision of batting first. The match will be decided between the KKR spinners and KXIP batsmen. If Gayle, Rahul and Finch can get the better of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav, then KXIP will be favourites to win their 3rd game in a row.
The IPL pitch report today will be provided by an expert commentator on the Star Sports Network just before the toss at 7:30 PM IST on Saturday (April 21).
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