Cricket fans are having a gala time enjoying the IPL 2020. Although the matches have been very gripping, the latest KXIP vs KKR is missing Chris Gayle. Gayle fans are eager to see him on the field with his team KXIP. Both the teams will face lineup change for this match. Jordan will be coming in place of Cottrell, but why? The Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bat first in Abu Dhabi. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the Middle East pitches.
Gayle seems MIA while Jordan comes in place of Cottrell!
The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab match is set in the land of Abu Dhabi at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. However, Gayle is still missing, and without him, the pitch looks dry. KKR Captain Dinesh Karthik opted to bat first against Kings XI Punjab as he won the toss. Both sides made one change in their lineup. Chris is yet to show up. After winning the toss, Kartik said that the wicket looks dry so it’s better to bat first and they’ll eventually get the right batting order as the match progresses. Sheldon Cottrell who made his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab will be missing out on the match with the Kolkata Knight Riders following a sniggle. The KXIP Captain, K.L. Rahul said, so himself confirming the news. Jordan is all set to come in place of Cottrell due to the lineup change. It is slightly sad for Cottrell fans, but we will surely be seeing more of him in the next matches. The management still believes that Glenn, having an average of 18.5 with just two fifties since the IPL in 2015, can still hit the bull’s eye.
‘Although Kings XI has the expertise of Gayle, Maxi and others who have kept it positive they just haven’t been able to turn it around in the big moments which is why they are currently at the bottom’, says Captain K.L. Rahul. Gayle at 41, has a stellar record in the IPL. According to head coach Anil Kumble, Gayle has come down with food poisoning rendering him sick which is why he could not play the ongoing match in UAE. That’s all for now, folks!