The Kings XI Punjab will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Indian Premier League (IPL) on this Saturday. It will be a battle between two sides, who will want to improve on their performances so far. Three crucial points up for grabs in this game of the IPL 2020.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab are ranked at the bottom of the IPL points table as they lost four games in this season with a solitary win. Despite remarkable batting performances from skipper Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, Punjab could not win too many games. At present, Rahul is the highest run-scorer in this season, though that can always change. To add to that, it is Mayank Agarwal, who is the third-highest run-scorer in this season.
The present leader of their pace attack Mohammed Shami bowled well this season. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in this season with eight wickets in five games. Skipper KL Rahul, along with head-coach Anil Kumble be will contemplating on how to convert close games to win. Death bowling has been their biggest concern until now as they are leaking more runs in death over than any other team.
Sheldon Cottrell and Jimmy Neesham fared poorly in death overs. They need to plan death overs neatly in upcoming games. Spinner Ravi Bishnoi performed well in this season. They will want to defeat fragile Kolkata Knight Riders in the next game to leave the last position in the points table.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders are ranked at fourth position in the points table. They won two games out of four till now. Kolkata lost their first match in IPL and won next two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals and lost again against table-toppers Delhi Capitals.
Skipper Dinesh Karthik showered by the criticism in recent few days by former players due to his captaincy blunders. Also, his batting form is mediocre. He couldn’t score single fifty in four games. One down batsman Nitish Rana failed to play any big knock in four games.
Caribbean all-rounder Sunil Narine is likely to be dropped in this game as he failed to make an impact in both departments. As talented English batsman Tom Banton waiting in the wings, time is running out for Narine. Caribbean allrounder Andre Russell also didn’t play any impactful knock for Kolkata till now. Young Opener Shubman Gill and English batsman Eoin Morgan performed quite well in these games. Speedster Pat Cummins is bowling at a good pace. Kolkata Knight Riders will be anticipating to win this match against mediocre Kings XI Punjab to rise in points-table.
These two teams played each other 10 times in last five years, Kolkata Knight Riders won eight games out of them and Kings XI Punjab won only two games.
KKR is more likely to win this match as they are facing the bottom-most team in points-table.
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Date and Time:
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 3.30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
(The odds might change without prior notice)
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