WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 26, 2019, 04.19 PM
Ravichandran Ashwin-led Punjab will take Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday in the Indian Premier League.
Both teams had a winning start in their campaign opener as after Andre Russell's marvellous performance Kolkata defeated Hyderabad and in the other match, Punjab defeated Rajasthan.
While the Punjab-Rajasthan match saw a major controversy when Ashwin ran out Rajasthan's Jos Buttler, who was at the non-strikers' end, without giving him any warning while bowling the 13th over of the match.
Buttler's dismissal changed the course of game and Punjab eventually registered the victory, though Ashwin faced a severe backlash and the incident triggered a "spirit of the game" debate.
Punjab's biggest star Chris Gayle scored a 47-ball 79 and his Jamaican rivalry with fellow mate Andre Russell, who also looked in blistering touch for Kolkata, will be one of the sub plots of the clash here.
A typical slow starter, Gayle was 14 off 18 balls but the opener hit top gear in the 12th over hammering Jaydev Unadkat for four successive boundaries.
A former Kolkata player, Gayle knows Eden Gardens like the back of his hand as he would look to continue his assault on the spin-oriented Kolkata attack.
Russell will be Kolkata's answer to Gayle as the KKR star also fashioned a sensational win, smashing an unbeaten 49 from 19 balls in their opening fixture against Hyderabad here two days ago.
The win saw their star spinner and explosive opener, Sunil Narine, hurt his finger and Kolkata would hope he is fit in time.