| On Updated : Oct 26, 2020 4:00 PM IST

KOL vs KXIP Dream11 Match Prediction FREE TEAMS | KKR vs KXIP Today IPL Match 26 October

KOL vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction: We are into the last act of this year’s group stages but still some time away from finding out our top 4 teams. The race to the play-offs is well and truly on as Kolkata Knight Riders will host Kings XI Punjab today in an all-important match. Both the teams will look to go one up against each other as both are fighting for the single place in most probabilities. We will preview KOL vs KXIP Dream11 contest.

Kolkata Knight Riders had an impressive outing against Delhi Capitals in their last match. They tried a different opening pair with Nitish Rana being slotted at the top. Although Shubman Gill’s recent poor run continued on but Nitish Rana was looking at his best after KKR lost 3 wickets early. The decision to send Sunil Narine at no 5 was under scrutiny but it did wonders to KKR as he put on a display with Nitish Rana. Both had a partnership of 115 runs which included shots all round the park. Nitish Rana made 81 while Sunil Narine slammed 64 from just 32 balls as KKR piled on 194 runs on the board.

In replay, Pat Cummins gave them couple of early wickets as DC never looked like in the hunt of chasing down that score. Varun Chakravarthy scalped 5 for 20 from his 4 overs as KKR beat DC by 59 runs.

Kings XI Punjab came out of a jail literally in their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh began watchfully with a partnership of 37. Then after, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul tried to force the pace in the middle overs but both were dismissed on consecutive deliveries to peg KXIP back significantly. Nicholas Pooran held the fort from other end throughout the innings but he himself struggled to get going against accurate SRH bowling as KXIP put a below par 126 runs on the board.

In bowling, all KXIP bowlers executed their plans perfectly to ride home an unthinkable win. Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh took 3 wickets each while leg-spinners Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi also had a massive impact in the middle overs.

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In head-to-head comparisons, Kolkata Knight Riders have had better overall record against Kings XI Punjab. KKR have won 18 matches while KXIP had their say on 8 occasions. In last 5 matches, KKR are having a lead of 4-1. In the first meeting this year, KXIP handed a straight-forward chase to Kolkata in a meltdown of the highest order at Abu Dhabi.

Pitch and Conditions

Sharjah had a reputation of being a road at start of the season but things have changed rather gradually here. Pitch has turned into a slower one as into the surface bowling has turned out to be difficult to hit in recent matches. Shorter boundaries still keep the conditions in favor of batsmen overall. With big hitters on display today from both the sides, you can expect scores in the range of 180s.

KOL vs KXIP Dream11 Teams Match Details

Fixture name: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab, Match 46, IPL 2020

Competition: IPL 2020

Date: 26th October 2020

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Stadium: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Points Table Standings

Kolkata Knight Riders: Matches- 11, Win- 6, Loss- 5, Points- 12, Standing- 4th
Kings XI Punjab: Matches-11, Win- 5, Loss- 6, Points- 10, Standing- 5th

Head to Head (Last 5 games)

Kolkata Knight Riders: 04, Kings XI Punjab: 01, NR: 00

Recent Form

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Last Match at the Venue

Chennai Super Kings (114/9, 20 Overs) lost to Mumbai Indians (116/0, 12.2 Overs) by 10 wickets, 23rd October 2020.

KOL vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction

Let’s take a look at the squad news and KOL Vs KXIP Dream11 predictions for today’s encounter.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team News

  • KKR management may have their difficult hour if Andre Russell is declared fit to play today.
  • Shubman Gill will have to take more responsibility going forward as suggested by coach on various occasions. The move of promoting Nitish Rana has worked and should continue today as well.
  • Rahul Tripathi will play at number 3 while Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan will form middle order core for KKR. It will be interesting to see how Sunil Narine is used today after his success in the last match.
  • Pat Cummins finally had some wickets against his name and was well supported by Varun Chakravarthy in the last game. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Prasidh Krishna are likely to hold onto their places while Lockie Ferguson will play the role of a middle overs enforcer in our KOL vs KXIP Dream11 prediction.

KOL Playing 11 (Probable)

Shubman Gill
Nitish Rana

Rahul Tripathi
Eoin Morgan
Dinesh Karthik
Sunil Narine
Pat Cummins
Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Lockie Ferguson
Varun Chakravarthy
Prasidh Krishna

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Kings XI Punjab Team News

  • We may see a change or two in the playing XI of Kings XI Punjab for today's game.
  • Mayank Agarwal is likely to come back and will accompany KL Rahul at the top. Chris Gayle is a dangerous proposition at Sharjah and will have most eyes on him.
  • Nicholas Pooran will go hard from the first ball while Glenn Maxwell has remained poor so far to say the least. Mandeep Singh is likely to play in the middle order while Chris Jordan will be their all-rounder today.
  • An all-Indian bowling attack of Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin has improved throughout the tournament.

KXIP Playing 11 (Probable)

KL Rahul
Mayank Agarwal
Chris Gayle
Nicholas Pooran
Glenn Maxwell

Mandeep Singh
Chris Jordan

Murugan Ashwin
Arshdeep Singh
Ravi Bishnoi

Mohammad Shami

KOL vs KXIP Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match

WK: KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran
Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami

KXIP vs KOL Gamezy Prediction Today Cricket Match

Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul, N Pooran

Batsmen: M Agarwal, S Gill, R Tripathi, M Singh

All-rounder: Sunil Narine

Bowlers: M Shami, L Ferguson, P Cummins, A Singh

Captain Choices: KL Rahul, S Gill

Vice-captain choices: S Narine, N Pooran

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Captain Picks

For Small Leagues

  • Lockie Ferguson should still be your man in the smaller leagues. He has taken 5 wickets from the 3 matches he has played so far. With Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell to aim at in the middle overs, he can again prove his worth today.
  • KL Rahul is an obvious pick from KXIP today. With 567 runs from 11 innings, he is looking all set to seal the orange cap for the season. He would be eager to prove a point against KKR as many had blamed him for the close loss against the same opposition even after an innings of 74 runs a few weeks earlier.
  • Chris Gayle can be a real possibility today looking at the venue like Sharjah. Shorter boundaries should encourage players like Chris Gayle to go from the ball one. He also had a half-century in the only game he played here against RCB.

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For Grand Leagues

  • Sunil Narine can be an option for the grand leagues. With him getting his confidence back with the bat in the last match, Sharjah can be a perfect venue to arrive at. His defensive bowling can also play a huge part today and can open up possibilities of wickets with batsmen going after him.
  • Eoin Morgan can be a differential today in the grand leagues. He can be more than just a handful against short leg-side boundaries against two leg-spinners from KXIP ranks. He is likely to bat at number 4 position today given the need of significant scores at this venue either way.
  • Nicholas Pooran as a captaincy option at Sharjah is not a far-fetched thought tonight. He has remained a middle order sensation this year with an impeccable impact. He has 327 runs at a strike-rate of 173 till now and half an hour madness from him today should be enough for you to differentiate from the pack.

Who will win KOL vs KXIP Today Match Prediction?

As per our KOL vs KXIP Today Match Predictions, this will be a contest between the equals as there is nothing much to choose between these two sides. Kolkata Knight Riders are ahead on points table but Kings XI Punjab have ignited their campaign with straight 4 wins. If anything, KXIP have a slight edge over KKR given the form of their batting lineup and the options they have for Sharjah conditions.

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