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.
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.
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
Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWLL
Kings XI Punjab: WWWWL
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.
Let’s take a look at the squad news and KOL Vs KXIP Dream11 predictions for today’s encounter.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
KOL Playing 11 (Probable)
Kings XI Punjab Team News
KXIP Playing 11 (Probable)
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
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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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.