Kings XI Punjab will be locking horns with Kolkata Knight Riders for the 52nd match on Friday. Both the teams occupy the sixth and seventh position on the points table with KKR placed above the KXIP due to their better run rate. Kolkata Knight Riders finally bounced back after losing six matches after defeating Mumbai Indians by 34 runs. Talking about the Kings XI Punjab, they have lost three of their last matches and when they host the KKR in Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, they would be keen to defeat Kolkata for ensuring their survival in the IPL.
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KKR's top-order give them a reason to rejoice
Kolkata Knight Riders registered a win in four of their first five games but their campaign lost track after they lost six matches in a row. Now the team must win both their matches to ensure a spot in the playoffs. Their top-order batsmen Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell scored 75 runs, 54 runs and 84* runs to guide their team to a mammoth total of 232 for two. They would aim to carry their scintillating form forward when they KXIP in their den.
KXIP and their middle order woes
Kings XI Punjab has relied heavily on their top batting order with KL Rahul and Chris Gayle being their highest run-getter. KL Rahul has scored 520 runs in 12 games while Chris Gayle has scored 448 runs in 12 games. Going forward, Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal and David Miller need to take on some responsibility if KXIP wants to make their way in the playoffs.
bet365: Kings XI Punjab 20/21, Kolkata Knight Riders 20/23
Skybet: Kings XI Punjab 10/11, Kolkata Knight Riders 10/11
Betfair: Kings XI Punjab 1, Kolkata Knight Riders 4/5
The books are predicting a win for the Kolkata Knight Riders
Top Kings XI Punjab Batsmen: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul
Top Bowlers Kings XI Punjab: R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Top Kolkata Knight Riders Batsmen: Andre Russell, Shubman Gill
Top Bowlers Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Sandeep Warrier
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubhman Gill, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, R Ashwin, Simran Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh