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Indian Premier League
IPL Preview: KKR Vs Kings XI Punjab
KKR and Kings XI Punjab would be at loggerheads as they clash for an important IPL encounter at PCA stadium, later tonight. Both the teams have not started the IPL in bright fashion.

THE MAHASANGRAM of cricket, IPL is just getting better as every match of the IPL season 5 is taking the competition a notch higher. Yesterday (Tuesday), both the matches went to the 40th over of the game in order to yield a result. Fans were at the edge of their seats, when the entire action was taking place on the ground. The same type of competition is expected when Kolkata Knight Riders play Kings XI Punjab later tonight at the PCA stadium.

KKR and Kings XI have not been able to put up a great display; hence they are on not one of the top teams in the IPL points table. KKR are lying in 5th place with just four points and Mohali also have the same points, but they have only played 4 matches so far. The competition is of such a high class this season that none of the teams or games can be taken lightly.

KKR have some of the best players in the league such as Y. Pathan, Gambhir, Kallis, S. Hasan, B. Lee etc. Still, their performance seems to have been below par. Especially players like Pathan need to rise to the occasion, as KKR depend on the player for his batting skills a lot. They have a good blend of international and national stars to deliver the goods. They have to come up with a good performance today; else they might lose out in the playoffs race pretty early.

Kings XI Punjab, in the previous editions of the IPL too, failed to come up good. The story is no different this time around too. They have lost two matches and won two so far. If they manage to win the match, they would climb to the fifth place in the IPL points table. But, it is not going to be easy with the KKR side hungry for a win. Hence, the like of Adam Gilchrist (captain) has to bring in all his experience to get his team’s act together. Along with the skipper, other players such as S. Marsh, D. Mascarenhas, A. Nayar, must raise their standards of the game to turn out triumphant.
On paper, KKR look favourites for the match. But, when these two sides meet face to face on the ground, it is a different ball game all together. It is performance, which bring results not a mere team sheet.

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