KKR has done very well in the last few matches. Barring the loss against the mighty Delhi Capitals, they have really impressed in the last four matches. Their win over CSK in the last match was quite special, the way they managed to defend their total of 167. At one point the game almost seemed to have slipped away from them, but the bowlers did a fine job in the death overs. Gill and Rana have been superb with the bat and they get enough support from Morgan, Narine, and others. In matches where batting hadn’t been great, the bowlers do the job for their team.
KXIP captain KL Rahul hit the nail on the head when he said “When our batters hit, everything went to the fielders,” after their loss against SRH. But at the same time, he agreed that his side knows about the mistakes they are committing and will look to bounce back.
KXIP vs KKR Head to Head:
This will be the 25th encounter between the two sides, with Kolkata Knight Riders holding a 17-8 head-to-head advantage against Kings XI Punjab.
Total Match Played: 25
KXIP Won: 8
KKR Won- 17
KXIP VS KKR Probable Playing XI:
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Simran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh/Deepak Hooda, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.