Kings XI Punjab have decided to bench the Universe Boss Chris Gayle for yet another match as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi. KKR had won the toss and elected to bat first as it is a “dry pitch according to skipper Dinesh Karthik. Meanwhile, KXIP has made one change in Sheldon Cottrell for Chris Jordan.
However, KL Rahul did not provide any clarification on why King XI decided to bench the most destructive T20 batsman. Gayle was supposed to play his first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad but was opted out after being diagnosed with food poisoning.
“We have a lot of experience like Anil, Andy and Jonty. We have Gayle and Maxi and seniors who have kept it positive. We just haven’t turned it around in the big moments that’s why we are at the bottom of the table. Jordan comes in for Cottrell, who has a niggle and might miss out on a couple of games,” KL Rahul said.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): KL Rahul(c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh(w), Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
KXIP vs KKR live is being telecast on Star Sports Networks in India.