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Kolkata (Unchanged Playing XI) – Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Punjab (Unchanged Playing XI) – KL Rahul (WK/C), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Kolkata skipper, Eoin Morgan, says that they wanted to bowl first as well, knowing that dew might come in. Says that they want to play the way they did against Delhi. Tells that Russell is still not available and they are unchanged as well.
Punjab skipper, KL Rahul says that they want to know a total and chase it down. States they have seen dew and it favors them in the second innings. Mentions winning gives them a lot of confidence and a lot of players want to now play better and better and the mood in the camp is really good. Further adds everybody has done a fantastic job and even the support staff has done really well so far and they are a big part of them doing well at the moment. Informs that they are playing the same team that played the last game.
TOSS – It is time for the spin of the coin. Up it goes and it lands in KL Rahul’s favor. PUNJAB WILL BOWL FIRST.
Pitch report- Simon Doull is in for the pitch report with Kumar Sangakkara. Doull feels that the wicket has not changed in over 30 years. Sangakkara feels that the wicket has got slower and the team which will bat first will struggle to figure out the par score. Adds that the side winning the toss will look to chase. Simon feels that dew might come in during the second innings and batting then will be easier. Sangakkara feels the slower balls will be crucial and also the back of a length deliveries too will be hard to hit.
Kolkata, on the other hand, are coming off a morale-boosting win against Delhi. The thing that would have pleased them the most is the performance of Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine. Kolkata would want that they continue their performance and get their 7th win of the tournament and move one step closer to the playoffs. An interesting match coming up.
Hello all! Two teams fighting for the fourth spot in the playoffs go up against each other in Sharjah. Both teams are coming off a win in their previous game and are looking strong. Punjab though are on a resurgence as they have won 4 on the trot and have turned things around in a spectacular fashion. Their last win against Hyderabad would have boosted their confidence further.
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