Kolkata Knight Riders will square-off against Kings XI Punjab in a mid-table IPL clash. KKR are at fourth spot at the table, KXIP are at fifth position with five wins in eleven games.
KXIP have bounced back in the ongoing season of the IPL. After losing six of their 7 opening games KXIP is back on track and has won four back to back games. Since Chris Gayle started featuring in the Starting lineup KXIP have not lost any game.
KKR secured a second victory under their new captian Eoin Morgan. A victory in this game will almost secure their spot in their playoffs or else, their fate won’t be in their own hands.
Possible Starting Eleven:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna and Varun Chakravarthy
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (C&WK), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan/James Neesham, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh
KL Rahul(C), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill(VC), Nitish Rana, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Varun Chakravarthy and Lockie Ferguson
The pitch in Sharjah has become a lot slower than what we saw at the beginning of IPL 2020. Totals in recent matches have come down in Sharjah.
We think KKR will want to bat first if it wins the toss and KXIP will want to field first if it wins the toss. That is the way that both teams have been successful in recent games.
First inning score predictions:
The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2020 is 190 runs.
Head to Head:
KKR won- 18
KXIP won- 8
Kolkata Knight Riders: 55%
KingsXI Punjab: 45%
Bet365: KKR- 1.80, KXIP- 2.00
Betway: KKR- 1.80, KXIP- 1.90