Cricket Live Score: KKR vs KXIP - IPL 2013 Match 35 KXIP vs KKR
Kings XI have won the toss and have elected to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders. At the Eden Gardens tonight, this is match number 35 of the Indian Premier League.
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Kolkata have included leg spinner Sarabjit Ladda in their XI at the expense of left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla while Manvinder Bisla also gets a game, replacing Manoj Tiwary. Azhar Mahmood comes back for Punjab in place of Luke Pomersbach, while Parvinder Awana goes out and middle-order batsman Gurkeerat Singh has been included.
With the possibility of the Indian Premier League crown slipping away, Kolkata Knight Riders are desperate for a win that will give their campaign an upward push in the tally. The Gautam Gambhir-led side have just 4 points from 7 games and have tasted defeats in their last three games.
Kings XI Punjab pacers used the bounce at Mohali to good effect in the side's win over Kolkata in the previous meeting this season. Punjab on the other hand are in a more comfortable position with 8 points from 7 games.
The team in purple and gold will be hoping for their local players like Rajat Bhatia, Yusuf Pathan and Laxmipathy Balaji to finally start performing as senior all-rounder Jacques Kallis has failed to give the innings a much-needed momentum at number three spot. Eoin Morgan looks like the only middle-order batsman in some form apart from skipper Gambhir who has been giving quick starts inconsistently at the top.