Cricket Fans can watch IPL 2015 doubleheader action live online Saturday morning with the defending champion Kolkata Knight Riders facing the team they defeated in the 2014 Final, King XI Punjab — but Kolkata will need to do it without their captain, Gautam Gambhir, who is staying home with an illness.
The skipper himself broke the bad news on Wednesday.
Not travelling to Pune with @KKRiders today. Cramps, weakness and fever…bad timing. Living on khichdee and curd-rice…
— GGF (@GautamGambhir) April 15, 2015
To watch the Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Kings XI Punjab match live online from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, see the information below on how to access streaming video of the second game in Saturday’s double dip.
There has been no announcement so far as to who will take over as Knight Riders captain on a temporary basis until Gambhir feels better — and there is always the chance that the 33-year-old former India star could recover and make the trip in time for Saturday’s match, which starts at 8 p.m. India Standard Time.
That’s 10:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 7:30 a.m. Pacific in the second of two IPL games on April 18.
Both the Punjab and Kolkata sides come into the match off a loss. In The case of Kings XI, they fell on the 119th ball to Delhi Darevdevils, allowing Delhi to break a two-season, 11-game losing streak.
Kolkata, after a fast 2-0 start, were stopped by Chris Gayle and Royal Challengers Bangalore last time out.
Kings XI need better bowling from Australian World Cup standout Mitchell Johnson, who has shown flashes of the brilliance he showed with his national side, but has just as often bowled expensive overs putting his team in a hole.
Kolkata’s batting attack remains intimidating, but a bowling unit that looks on paper to be just as formidable, featuring such international stars as South Africa’s right arm fast bowler, Morne Morkel, and West Indian spinner, Sunhil Narine, has yet to step up — something that will need to happen if the defending champs are to have any hopes of a repeat.
The India-based site Cric HD will stream Saturday’s late match live online at this link. But viewers should be aware that the site carries large amounts of both pop-up and embedded ads that could cause browser crashes and other online slowdowns.
For the most reliable live online stream of Kolkata Knight Riders vs. King XI Punjab, cricket fans can pay the subscription fee for ESPN Cricket. For access, visit this link. Viewers in India should try Star Sports to follow the match live online.
[Image: Gallo Images/Getty Images]