KKR need this victory to reach the No 1 position in the points table © IANS
KKR need this victory to reach the No 1 position in the points table © IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the match 44 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Kolkata on Saturday. This is KKR’s last group game at the Eden Gardens this year. This would be the 12th match for KKR, while KXIP play their 11th game of the season.A victory here will put the host, KKR at the top of points table with 15 points. Live Updates: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, match 44 IPL 2015 here

With KXIP have already been eliminated, KKR will be trying to make sure they book a seat in the qualifiers by beating the runners-up, whom they beat last year in the final. KXIP, who sit at the bottom of the table with just a couple of wins, will be playing merely for honour. Live Scorecard: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2015

Despite their lackluster performance, KXIP have the ammunition to fire out and outplay any opposition. It is just that they have not clicked at the right time. However, KKR, the defending champions and currently running a good form, will surely be a tough team to beat, and the home advantage is surely to come in their favour that makes them have the upper hand, moving into the game.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Kuldeep Yadav, Morne Morkel, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha, KC Cariappa, Piyush Chawla, Pat Cummins, Aditya Garhwal, Brad Hogg, Sheldon Jackson, Sumit Narwal, Veer Pratap Singh, Vaibhav Rawal, Suryakumar Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Mitchell Johnson, Murali Vijay, Shaun Marsh, Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, Thisara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Karanveer Singh, Nikhil Naik, Parvinder Awana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Yogesh Golwalkar, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Shardul Thakur.