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Toss: Kings XI Punjab chose to bowl v Kolkata Knight Riders
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Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin, who had become the first captain to opt to bat in IPL 2018, against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, reverted to the trend of the season on Saturday: bowl first. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik conceded that he had preferred to chase as well. He felt that the pitch will remain true through the course of the game.

While KKR were unchanged, Kings XI made one change, bringing in former Knight Rider Ankit Rajpoot in place of Mohit Sharma, in a like-for-like swap. The big incentive for both teams is that the No. 1 spot is up for grabs.

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Shubman Gill, 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Shivam Mavi, 11 Kuldeep Yadav

Kings XI Punjab: 1 KL Rahul (wk), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 Karun Nair, 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 R Ashwin (capt), 8 Andrew Tye, 9 Barinder Sran, 10 Ankit Rajpoot, 11 Mujeeb Zadran

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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