Kings XI Punjab picked Ankit Rajpoot ahead of Mohit Sharma for the KKR game as the new pitch at Eden Gardens is slightly quicker in comparison to all the other Indian pitches and is ideally suited for bowlers who hit the deck hard. Since Ankit fit that bill, he got his opportunity, however, he failed to make a mark as he went for more than 10 runs per over in the three overs he bowled and is likely to have to hand over his spot back to Mohit. Barinder Sran was also very expensive against Kolkata, but the alternative option available for him is Axar Patel and given the dimensions of the Kotla ground, Ravichandran Ashwin will be very reluctant to go with three spinners. Also Sran swinging it back into the right handers with the new nut is always a wicket-taking option. So he should be having another crack.
Probable Changes – Ankit Rajpoot out, Mohit Sharma in