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IPL 2017, Preview, KXIP vs KKR: Punjab can see the door closing

IPL 2017, Preview, KXIP vs KKR: Punjab can see the door closing

Today, Kings XI Punjab will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali.

Kings XI Punjab is in Do or die situation, if they want to be in top 4 then they have to win all their 3 remaining matches. On the other side KKR has been tied up with RPS at 16 points and would be looking to win this match, and finalize their berth for playoffs.

KXIP have 5 wins from 6 games and are at 5th place with 10 points. KXIP will be playing without their star batsmen Hashim Amla as he has left for his respective countries. KXIP if want to be in contention for the playoffs then they will need to register win from their 3 matches which is very difficult as they never have a winning streak of more than 2 games. KXIP doesn’t have a good record against the KKR and has consecutively been defeated.

KKR has been the team which has been well supported by their batsmen and bowlers. Their gamble with Sunil Narine has worked well in most of the matches and the team has found attacking batsmen as their opener. The team has their top order firing shots in all directions. KKR by winning the match would like to confirm their berth for playoffs and end their league journey on a winning note.

Head-to-Head

Matches played – 20, Kings XI Punjab Won – 6, Kolkata Knight Riders Won – 14

Game Stats

  • Hashim Amla and David Miller would not be available for KXIP.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have clearly dominated Kings XI Punjab in recent times;as they have defeated KXIP in recent 8 games.
  • KXIP Punjab bowling has improved in the last five games as they have now taken 23 wickets compared to 15 in previous matches.
  • Maxwell has struggled batting against Umesh Yadav and Sunil Narine.

Likely Playing XI

Kings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 5 Gurkeerat Singh, 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Matt Henry/Darren Sammy, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Varun Aaron/T Natarajan, 11 Sandeep Sharma

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4 Robin Uthappa/Sheldon Jackson (wk), 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Kuldeep Yadav

 

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