With manvinder Bisla proving to be sloppy behind the stumps and not that impressive with the bat, KKR would look to bring back talented Manish Pandey (above) and get Robin Uthappa to keep wickets © IANS
With Manvinder Bisla proving to be sloppy behind the stumps and not that impressive with the bat, KKR could look to bring back talented Manish Pandey (above) and get Robin Uthappa to keep wickets © IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on the Perth Scorchers in the tenth match of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2014 at Hyderabad on Wednesday. KKR added yet another match to their winning streak after defeating Lahore Lions and now they are unbeaten for 11 matches since Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. On the other hand, Perth Scorchers clinched a thrilling victory against the Dolphins as Mitchell Marsh hit two huge sixes of the last two balls of the match. Will KKR continue to add to their winning tally or will it be the Perth Scorchers who’ll prevail? Rajarshi Majumdar pens down the likely XI of KKR for this all important clash.

Top-order: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir will begin the proceedings for KKR. Uthappa suffered an ankle injury in the last match which should not be a problem. In spite of that injury, he continued with his good run with the bat in this format of the game. Gambhir looked promising in  his knock of 60 against the Lions. Manvinder Bisla, Yusuf Pathan and Manish Pandey need to step up and take some pressure off the middle-order. Bisla also has been sloppy behind the stumps and that might force Uthappa to wear the gloves. Pandey, who sat out of the second match might return in place of Bisla.

Middle-order: Yusuf Pathan will have to live up to his standards of being one of the devastating batsmen in the shorter format of the game if he really wants to make an impact in the upcoming matches. Ryan Ten Doeschate (Tendo) has been holding the middle-order almost single-handedly alongside Andre Russell and Suryakumar Yadav. Doeschate has already played a couple of good innings in this ongoing CLT20 2014 which helped KKR to register their victories against Chennai Super Kings and the Lions respectively.

Lower-order: KKR may not look to disturb the winning combination. They played the crafty left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in place of Umesh Yadav and he came in really handy. His figures could have been better if the fielders did not slip so many runs through them. Sunil Narine still remain the spearhead  of their bowling attack. Piyush Chawla too has been utilising these subcontinental conditions well. Pat Cummins is likely continue as the pace option upfront though he has been expensive in both the matches.

Likely XI: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Manvinder Bisla, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav.

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(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)