Match: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KXIP vs KKR)
Date:October 10, 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Despite winning three out of the 5 games that they have played thus far in IPL 2020, Kolkata Knight Riders have been inconsistent. They have had moments of individual brilliance, but they have been a let-down as a team. The form of Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell will be a huge concern as well, but they will take heart from the performance of their relatively inexperienced bowling line-up.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, have lost 5 of the 6 games that they have played this season. They are overly reliant on KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, and a failure from either player puts the team under pressure. Glenn Maxwell has failed to fire at all this season, while the bowlers have been unable to contribute alongside Mohammad Shami, who has been the only bright spark with the ball.
A hot day with temperatures near 40 degrees awaits. An afternoon game will make it tougher for the players, and staying hydrated will be crucial.
The ground at Abu Dhabi has plenty of help for the bowlers in the second half of the innings. A total of 175 can be challenging as the track slows down as the match progresses.
Teams will want to put up runs on the board at the venue to avoid fielding in the humid weather conditions upfront. Teams also have a huge advantage if they have batted first this IPL.
KXIP Expected XI and Team News
Chris Gayle was on the verge of playing his first IPL 2020 game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but a stomach sickness meant that Maxwell retained his place in the XI. If the West Indian is fit, he is likely to be slotted into the team right away. Ishan Porel can be included in place of Mandeep SIngh, while Hardus Viljoen can replace Sheldon Cottrell.
KL Rahul: The opener has been in top form this season with 313 runs in 6 matches. He has been consistent and is expected to play another important knock against KKR.
Nicholas Pooran: The West Indian played a fine knock against SRH, but it was not enough to take his team over the line. The innings will give him confidence, however, and he will look to carry on the form.
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh/Ishan Porel/Deepak Hooda, Nicolas Pooran, Simran Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen/Sheldon Cottrell
KKR Expected XI and Team News
Kolkata Knight Riders have not made many changes to their line-up recently. They won their last game against CSK, which might prompt Dinesh Karthik to go in with the same XI.
Eoin Morgan: the Englishman has been the key figure in the KKR batting unit this year. He has played handy and quickfire knocks, and will be looking to get a big score.
Rahul Tripathi: The player was asked to open the innings against CSK and little did he disappoint with a magnificent 81. He is looking in excellent touch and will be eager to back his performance with another match-winning innings.
Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Head to head record of KXIP vs KKR:
The two teams have played 25 games over the seasons, with KKR having a huge advantage. They have won 17 matches that have been held between the two sides while Punjab have won just 8.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for KXIP vs KKR:
WK: KL Rahul is the Orange Cap holder of IPL 2020 and has been the key for Punjab this season. Nicholas Pooran scored 77 in just 37 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His efforts went in vain, and he would want to play a match-winning game here.
Batsmen: Eoin Morgan has been playing handy cameos throughout the season. He is one of the most destructive white-ball cricketers and is unstoppable if he gets going. Nitish Rana had scored a quick 50 against Delhi Capitals, while Rahul Tripathi has scored 117 runs in two games at a strike rate of 174.62. He was pushed to open the innings in the last game and will be looking to give his team another fiery start. Mayank Agarwal has scored 270+ runs this edition and has been another crucial player for Kings XI Punjab.
All-rounders: Andre Russell is yet to fire with the bat this season but he has been contributing regularly with the ball. He has been bowling at the death for KKR this season, and has kept things tight. With the bat, Russell has got starts and should be backed to get a big score here.
Bowlers: Mohammad Shami has been the only impressive KXIP bowler this season, with his pacey variations making life tough for the rivals. Ravi Bishnoi has impressed with his googlies while Varun Chakravarthy has as many as seven variations to fall back on. Kamlesh Nagarkoti has picked up 4 wickets in his last three games and has been economical as well.
Captain and VC: Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan
Match Prediction for KXIP vs KKR:
Kolkata Knight Riders look the more balanced team and go into the match as the favourites. Kings XI Punjab have been reliant on a few players, which has hurt them this season. They look short of ideas and will be on the backfoot against a strong KKR unit.
Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites to win.
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