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Kings XI look to build on winning momentum

chandigarh Updated: Apr 17, 2012 23:01 IST
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Their campaign back on track after back-to-back victories, Kings XI Punjab would look to build on the winning momentum when they clash with Kolkata Knight Riders at their home turf in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.

After two initial losses, KXIP bounced back with two consecutive victories -- one at home against Pune Warriors and the other against tomorrow's opponents at the Eden Gardens just two days back.

Having beaten the same opponents at their home bastion, though with a narrow two-run margin, KXIP would start tomorrow's match at the PCA Stadium with more confidence while the Knight Riders would look to make it even score.

Both sides have some things in common as each had to taste two losses in as many games at the beginning before bouncing back.

Like Kings XI (four points from four matches), the Knight Riders (four points from five matches) went on to win the next two games before losing their fifth game.

Another thing the two teams share is the inconsistent form of their top-order batsmen. That includes Kings XI skipper Adam Gilchrist, who made five in the previous match, and is yet to hit a big knock.

His Australian compatriot Shaun Marsh also disappointed in the match against KKR, making just one run. The batting hero of last year's edition Paul Valthaty has failed to impress so far and did not play the last match.

However, Mandeep Singh looked in good form and David Hussey's presence in the last game has bolstered the batting, with bowlers Piyush Chawla and Bipul Sharma showing they too can play some useful knocks.

Whether former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who according to Gilchrist had been given a visa last week, features against KKR or not remains to be seen.