Gilchrist �'s form crucial for Punjab' �s revival

Apr 16, 2013, 09:47 IST | Agencies

Kings XI Punjab may have started their campaign with a commanding win over Pune Warriors but since then they seem to have lost their way with back-to-back losses

Skipper Adam Gilchrist would be perturbed with the fact that they have gone down without a fight. The Aussie himself would be keen to rediscover his lost form, as his destructive ability at the top will play an instrumental role in setting the tone for the innings. 

Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand are better placed than Kings XI Punjab with two wins in four games. Captain Gautam Gambhir has led by example and looks in sublime touch.

The only worry for them as far as batting is concerned is Yusuf Pathan’s form. He is capable of getting big knocks but so far he has not struck the right chord. However, Eoin Morgan has covered up for it and played significant cameos at crucial junctions. Besides, they have Sunil Narine and a redoubtable Jacques Kallis at their disposal.

KKR will be looking to head north in the table while Punjab will be eager to turn the tables around.

Gilly’s wishlist
>> He discovers his form
>> Batters put up a better show
>> Azhar Mahmood shines
>> Gambhir fails
>> Sunil Narine goes for runs

Gauti’s wishlist
>> He scores a fifty
>> Yusuf Pathan finds form
>> Eoin Morgan stars again
>> Narine takes a fifer
>> Gilchrist’s bad form continues 

When they last met... Gambhir steers KKR home
It was one of the lop sided games of the tournament when Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders locked horns at Mohali on April 18, 2012. Opting to bat, Kings limped to a moderate total of 124 with skipper Adam Gilchrist top scoring with 40 not out. Gilchrist, in ominous touch was forced to retire after he pulled his hamstring and that dented their momentum. The reply was strong by KKR and captain Gautam Gambhir showed the way, scoring an unbeaten 66 to ensure an eight-wicket win.

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