Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) won the toss and elected to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 22nd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Kolkata Knight Riders have replaced Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate with Brendon McCullum and Brett Lee.
Kings XI Punjab made one change bringing back Paul Valthaty in place of Bipul Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Gautam Gambhir, said “The last game is history and we have to move on. We have potential in the dressing room.
“We can’t end up losing such matches as we did recently. We have to be strong at times and have to turn it around.
“We would have bowled first. McCullum and Lee replace Shakib and ten Doeschate.”
Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist, said “We’ve trained hard and we’re playing the same opponent twice in a row, which is good.
“Looks like a really nice track at the moment. Nothing is over until the last ball, the last few results have been extraordinary.
“It’s an even battle now between all teams. More grass on this than the other wickets in India, but it’s not as much as a couple of games back.
“It’s not a traditional Indian wicket. Valthaty returns for Bipul Sharma.”
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Brendon McCullum(w), Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir(c), Manvinder Bisla, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Brett Lee, Rajat Bhatia, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh, Paras Dogra, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt, Harmeet Singh.