Lynn had made an impressive start to the IPL, having made 93 off 41 balls against Gujarat Lions and 32 off 24 against Mumbai. Chris Lynn, who had injured his shoulder against Mumbai Indians, has undergone a scan and could still be available to play the IPL for the two-time defending champions.

With the pitch in Kolkata also expected to favour the seamers, Umesh Yadav, who has joined the squad, should feature for KKR.

The seventh match of IPL 2017 has started with the batting of KKR, while the MI Skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and made a decision to bowl first.

On spin-friendly conditions, Yadav was incisive with his new-found rhythm as he gave vital breakthroughs to finish the season as India’s third-highest wicket-taker behind Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

KKR, however, continues to sweat over Chris Lynn’s fitness.

Lynn has a history of shoulder and back problems.

Mumbai, then, lost the wickets of Buttler and captain Rohit Sharma, who were both declared out leg before off a full toss and a clear inside-edge respectively by Ankit Rajpoot and Sunil Narine.

He missed the 2015 and 2016 Matador Cups after dislocating his left shoulder on two separate occasions and also had surgery on that shoulder in 2014.

It finally took Yusuf Pathan to come and retrieve the ball.

The Kings XI Punjab on the other side would presumably maintain their winning streak and will hold onto the team that had played in the last match. Accordingly, it is likely that the openers will be Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell. They were clinical in their season opener against Rising Pune Supergiant, after which they strolled to an eight-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ishant will be a good addition, considering that death bowling has been a cause of concern for KKR.

His average is now 125, also the highest in the league. Sitting in the dug-out because of the hot and humid conditions, Knight Riders’ captain Gambhir watched Rana take the match away from his side.