Indian Premier League 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Kings XI Punjab, Match No. 46

Match predictions

Winners Prediction: Kings XI Punjab has surged ahead in the second half of the season with 4 wins in as many matches. They have toppled the top 3 placed teams in the points table. KKR will highly confident after their brilliant win last night and will look to dominate the opposition in this match to break into the top-3 in the points table. We expect KXIP to continue their winning momentum in this match. 

Score Prediction: Sharjah was once a batting paradise but now the balance has been shifted equally between the batsmen and bowlers and the average scores coming down to 160s from 200s. 

Toss Prediction: Chasing teams have won 9 out of 10 matches recently and we expect both captains to chase the total in this match.  

Predicted Playing XI:

KINGS XI PUNJAB: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal/Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Glenn Maxwell/James Neesham, Chris Gayle, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan 

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson

MATCH FACTS:

  • KKR have 12 points from 11 matches while KXIP has 10 points from 11 matches played so far.
  • Kings XI Punjab has won 4 matches on a trot this season after winning just 1 match in their first 7 matches.   
  • KKR beat KXIP by a close margin of 2 runs (or by an inch on the boundary ropes) last night they met.  

Players to Bet on:

KINGS XI PUNJAB 

  1. KL Rahul – Rahul leads the batting charts with 567 runs at a strike rate of 140+. He has been the most consistent player in the last 3 seasons of IPL and will look to continue his good form to help his team win more matches.   
  2. Nicholas Pooran – Pooran has been looking really good in the middle order for KXIP in the recent matches. He top scored with 32 runs for KXIP in the previous match too on a sluggish pitch.  
  3. Chris Jordan – Jordan used his variations and slower ones to great effect against the opposition to death overs to give his team a win. His figures read 4-0-17-3 in the last game. 

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS:

  1. Nitish Rana – Rana scored 81 runs off just 53 balls and shared a massive 100+ run partnership with Narine in the middle overs. He helped his resurrect his team from top order collapse to a big total of 194 runs last night. 
  2. Sunil Narine – Narine has been a team man who has been fining different ways to contribute.  He came I the middle order and scored 64 runs to set the tempo of the match after they were reeling at 42/3. 
  3. Varun Chakravarthy – Varun Chakravarthy bowled superbly in the middle overs and ended with dream match figures of 4-0-20-5. He reduced the opposition from 76/2 to 112/7. 

DREAM XI Picks:

Wicket-Keeper: KL Rahul (KXIP), Nicholas Pooran (KXIP)

Batsmen: Eoin Morgan (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR), Chris Gayle (KXIP)

All-rounders: Sunil Narine (KKR)

Bowlers: Pat Cummins (KKR), V Chakravarthy (KKR), Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP), Mohammed Shami (KXIP), Chris Jordan (KXIP)

Captain: Nicholas Pooran (KXIP) or Sunil Narine (KKR)

Vice-Captain: KL Rahul (KXIP) or Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)

KXIP– Kings XI Punjab

KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders

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