KXIP vs KKR Live IPL 2013 T20 Cricket score

Both the sides had have contrasting results in their respective encounters on Sunday © PTI

Mohali: Apr 16, 2013

Kings XI Punjab will look for a much-needed win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the PCA Stadium.

Both the sides had have contrasting results in their respective encounters on Sunday. While Kolkata Knight Riders trounced hapless Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs, Kings XI Punjab lost to Rajasthan Royals by six wickets.

Punjab have a lot to ponder about, especially after the lackluster batting in their previous two encounters. The top-order has not really made any impact in the previous two matches. Mandeep Singh and Manpreet Juneja showed a lot of promise in Punjab’s first match against Pune Warriors India. Mandeep was out hooking Nannes against Chennai Super Kings; on a seaming wicket at Jaipur, he played  a rash shot in the second over and was caught at third man. Mandeep needs to bide his time and give himself an opportunity to score big runs.

Kolkata will be confident after they annihilated Sunrisers Hyderabad at Eden Gardens. But they will have to make transition from the slow Kolkata surface to a fast-paced Mohali track.

Sachithra Senanayake could make way for Brett Lee. Brendon McCullum might have to miss out especially after Jacques Kallis’ all-round performance (41 and three for 13) against Hyderabad. Eoin Morgan is also among runs and has been the game-changer for Kolkata.

Gautam Gambhir’s stability at the top is a comforting factor. Manvinder Bisla had a decent outing against Hyderabad. Some of his shots on Sunday were akin to the IPL 2012 final where he single-handedly won Kolkata the title. Yusuf Pathan is due for a big knock and might have to use the long handle if his team gets to a good start with the bat.

Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the match between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders here