The 46th match of Indian Premier League 2020 will be played between KXIP VS KKR. Kings XI Punjab is a strong contender for Playoff by the last 4 consecutive wins. They try to maintain their rhythm against Kolkata Knight Riders today. Kings XI have 10 points from five wins in 11 matches and are in fifth place while KKR has 12 points and are in fourth place. (KXIP VS KKR Match Prediction)
KXIP defeated top teams continuously
Punjab will be in the top four with a win, while KKR will get 14 points if they win and this will also strengthen their chances of reaching the playoffs. The playoff race is now very tight and both teams understand the importance of victory on Monday. Kings XI’s team is in excellent form. They defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore after losing five consecutive matches and then defeated the top two teams Mumbai and Delhi Capitals.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 26, 2020
KXIP successfully defended his small score against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, to reach the playoffs, Kings XI will have to win the remaining three matches. Bowling was the weak side of Kings XI. Barring Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of his bowlers did particularly well in the death overs. But on Saturday, when the batsmen failed, the bowlers showed excellent game and they defended 126 runs with five wickets in the last two overs.
KXIP has great batting line up
Punjab has two good in-form batsmen in the form of captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Chris Gayle’s presence has boosted the team’s enthusiasm. Since Gayle has been included in the team, KXIP has not lost a single match. Nicholas Pooran has also emerged as a dangerous batsman but Glenn Maxwell’s form is still a concern for the team. Aggarwal did not play in the match against Sunrisers due to a knee injury but he is expected to play against KKR. KKR’s team is also enthused by the win against a strong Delhi Capitals team and will be desperate to sustain the victory campaign.
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KKR done great performance in the last match
Two-time champions KKR improved after the eight-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore and defeated Delhi by 59 runs. Nitish Rana played as an opener and played a brilliant 81-run knock. A 115-run partnership between Rana and Sunil Naren (64) made a difference in the match. Leg-spinner Varun Chakraborty then destroyed Delhi’s middle order. He took five wickets. If KKR is to continue their winning campaign then their batsmen will have to perform well. KKR’s bowling has strengthened after the arrival of Lockie Ferguson.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 26, 2020
The teams are as follows
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eion Morgan (captain), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakraborty, Sunil Naren, Tom Banton, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, P Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Rinku Singh, Chris Green, M Siddharth, and Nikhil Naik.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (Captain), Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadip Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujib ur Rehman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalakande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagdish Suchit, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardas Willogen, Simran Singh.