A mini Caribbean carnival is on the cards as Kings XI Punjab prepare to take on Kolkata Knight Riders within the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, hoping to keep away from a fifth straight defeat that would reduce their IPL 2020 campaign to a mere formality.
Punjab’s issues have solely mounted since their spectacular win towards RCB. As such, they’ve simply two factors from a possible 12 and are languishing on the bottom of the table, not understanding the place exactly to point fingers at. They began off as a facet with each Purple and Orange cap of their ranks, but that’s what their campaign up to now has been all about – individual brilliance.
After they were the best performing side within the powerplays, the death bowling was depressing. They finally lifted their slog-overs game within the last outing, only after having endured a painful, wicket-less phase of near 37 overs across two games. The over-reliance on KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal for their runs was starting to haunt them, however the game the place Nicholas Pooran supplied the much-needed stability within the middle-order, the rest of the batting collapsed around him like a home of cards.
The frequent chopping and changing of personnel is not helping their trigger in any way. Seventh game into the season and KXIP are but to identify their ideal XI. Fielding an extended tail already, they’ve additionally been responsible of shuffling their batting order even when not needed. As such, the batting has lacked stability, forcing the in-form captain to play the anchor position as an alternative of the aggressor.
And now they’re up towards their bogey team. Not solely do KKR have a 17-8 head-to-head benefit over KXIP, they’ve actually misplaced only thrice to Punjab in last 14 encounters since the 2014 season.
Their three wins in 5 matches place KKR within the favourable top-half of the standings and not like KXIP, regardless of a rollercoaster campaign up to now, KKR do appear to have arrived at a settled XI, even when it is without chinaman Kuldeep Yadav rolling his arm or Sunil Narine opening the batting. Narine’s lean returns on the high forced a rethink however KKR acted quick. Rahul Tripathi discovered himself on the proper place on the proper time and seized the chance with both hands.
KKR have gone with a fluid batting order this season however neither Russell nor Karthik himself have made any impression with the bat up to now, which is regarding. KKR’s patchy middle-order although couldn’t have discovered a better opponent to strike kind before they march into the business end of the event.
Within the last outing towards CSK, Russell did show his credentials as a dependable death bowling option however he’s a very very important cog in KKR’s middle-order. After a lean patch up to now, he’d be relishing the match up against Mohammad Shami, having beforehand scored 76 runs off him in just 26 ball. Less than his excessive standards so far, Narine too, has a terrific file towards KXIP, having claimed 26 wickets in 17 games at an ER of 6.98 including a fifer. May this be the game he strikes gold? Over at KXIP, Chris Gayle enjoys batting towards KKR as his tally of 649 runs in 17 innings reveals. May this be the game. we finally see him in motion for the first time this season? There’s plenty to look forward to.
Match Start Time: 03:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Both Team News Updates:
Kings XI Punjab
Gayle was all set to make his maiden appearance in IPL 2020 however missed out because of a stomach bug, revealed head coach Anil Kumble. If recovered, he would probably change a misfiring Maxwell within the line-up as KXIP continue the hunt for their perfect XI. Given the ground dimensions, KXIP might be tempted to herald an extra spinner for this clash.
Kolkata Knight Riders
It would not be fully shocking if KKR stick with the same combination that earned them a come-from-behind win towards CSK. Although, similar to KXIP, they may also be considering an additional spinner for the venue. A possible comeback for Kuldeep Yadav on the cards, then?
Probable Playing XIs:
Kings XI Punjab:
Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Prabhsimran Singh/Sarfraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh/M Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C, wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Our Dream11 Team for This Match According to Astrology and Numerology.
Key Players: KXIP vs KKR
- N Pooran
- M Agarwal
- R Bishnoi
- D Karthik
- A Russell
- V Chakraborthy
Who Will Win KXIP or KKR?
According to Stars, KKR have more chances of Win Today.