PJB vs KOL MPL Team: Abu Dhabi has the opportunity to witness their first 200 run score this IPL with a struggling bowling attack of KXIP fight against the dynamic KKR batting unit. Kings XI Punjab occupies the bottom spot in the points table and run the risk of getting knocked out with a 4 match losing streak. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to eke out 3 wins despite their batting unit not having played up to their potential. KKR have the head-to-head advantage over KXIP with 17 wins from 25 matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders have one of the most dynamic batting units this IPL with the likes of Gill, Rana, DK, Morgan and Russell. They promoted R Tripathi to the opening spot last match and he responded with a match-winning knock. The form of D Karthik and A Russell is a concern though. Their bowling attack has been good too with the addition of Cummins and V Chakravarthy into the eleven.
Kings XI Punjab didn’t have much luck going their way this season with a Superover loss in their first match and some close games not going their way. But they’ve been outplayed in their last two games against CSK and SRH. They’ve leaked a lot of runs with a non-existent death bowling unit and the middle-order of their batting hasn’t fired at all. Coming against a batting heavy side like KKR will certainly make their chances of qualifying for the playoffs much harder.
Fixture: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 21, IPL 2020
Date & Time: Saturday, 10th October 2020 at 3:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Venue Stats: The average first innings score at Abu Dhabi in the last 3 years has been 138 with 166 being the highest score ever chased. Pacers have been more successful than the spinners at this venue. The teams batting first have won the majority of the matches at this venue.
Pitch Report: The pitches at Abu Dhabi have been on the slower side with a score of 160 to 170 is a par score. With this being an evening game expect the scores to be low. Hit-the-deck pacers will be successful at this venue with the long boundaries.
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Team news: C Gayle would’ve started against SRH last match if not for a stomach bug and will most likely replace G Maxwell. Mujeeb was a bit expensive in the last game but KXIP got no other choice to stick with him.
KKR promoted Tripathi up the order to solve the opening woes which he did in style and there are no reasons for KKR to change a winning combination.
Underperformers/risky picks: K Nagarkoti is a special talent but he’s been sort of underutilized by often under-bowling him which directly affects his fantasy points.
Mandeep Singh has been in great form in the domestic circuit and displayed signs of it with a 16 ball 27 against CSK but with Gayle returning to the side he will be pushed down the order which will reduce his game time. The predicted XIs for the PJB vs KOL MPL fantasy cricket tips are as follows:
PJB Playing XI (predicted):
KL Rahul (C & WK)
KOL Playing XI (predicted):
D Karthik (C & WK)
A Russell – He hasn’t been in great form but KXIP presents a chance for him to shine with the bat due to the lack of hit the deck pacers who could trouble him. His death bowling points can come handy too.
KL Rahul – He’s the current holder of the Orange Cap and would want to deliver for his team to have any chances of winning the match. Abu Dhabi will definitely suit his accumulating style of batting in KXIP vs KKR today match prediction.
M Agarwal – After a great start to IPL 2020, he has been kept silent in the last couple of games, but the KKR bowling attack provides him with an opportunity to shine with the bat.
S Gill – The young Punjabi batsman has been decent enough at the top scoring 163 runs from 5 games this season. There aren’t many threats for him in the KXIP bowling unit which boosts his chances of scoring high.
Mujeeb-ur-Rahman – He might’ve had a bad start last match but the slow conditions in Abu Dhabi suit his bowling style while the presence of 3 left-handers in the KKR line-up boosts his fantasy potential.
S Mavi – The young pacer has the pace to trouble the KXIP batsman and he can pick a couple of wickets at the PowerPlay.