Match Details for KXIP vs KKR GoodGamer Fantasy Contest
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020
Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: October 10, 2020
Time: 3:30 PM IST
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After suffering a 18-run loss against Delhi Capitals in another run-fest in Sharjah, Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back with a solid showing against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday (October 7). Riding on Rahul Tripathi’s fifth IPL fifty and some tight bowling in the death overs, KKR, led by Dinesh Karthik, registered their third victory of the season, beating MS Dhoni’s CSK by 10 runs.
KKR next face Kings XI Punjab, who have lost four games in a row and five overall. In the only match KXIP won (against Royal Challengers Bangalore), their spinners picked up seven wickets. In their five losses, the spinners bagged only six scalps in total.
It looks like it will be difficult for KXIP to go beyond the league stage unless they, as a team, produce a string of consistent performances in their upcoming matches.
Injury and Availability News
No major injury concerns for KKR heading into this game. Rahul Tripathi, who scored a match-winning 81 against CSK, is expected to continue as an opener.
For KXIP, Chris Gayle, who was set to play against Sunrisers Hyderabad but missed out due to food poisoning, is likely to replace the out-of-form Glenn Maxwell. The Australian has managed just 48 runs in the six matches so far.
Also, fast bowler Hardus Viljoen might get a look in. Sheldon Cottrell, who hasn’t been effective in the last couple of games, could face the axe.
Probable Playing XIs
KXIP – KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell/Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell/Hardus Viljoen
KKR – Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
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Kings XI Punjab
He has found his mojo after a rather slow start. In six innings, Pooran has hit 196 runs and 15 sixes. The 25-year-old is a vital cog in the wheel for KXIP given his superb strike rate of 178.18.
As a batsman, he has done very little wrong in this season so far. In six games, Rahul has a century and two fifties to his name.
Kolkata Knight Riders
He has played the finisher’s role for KKR this year. Batting at No. 5 or 6, Morgan has scored a combined 143 runs in five matches, at a strike rate of 143.
He came in to bat at No. 4 in KKR’s previous game and the experiment could continue against KXIP as well. Narine will then have time to pick his bowlers and smash a few balls out of the park. Add to that his four overs of spin and he can be a potential game changer.
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With seven wickets in six matches, the 20-year-old leggie has stepped up considering the lack of experience in KXIP’s spin department.
His fifty against CSK has all but guaranteed him a permanent spot in the first XI.
After a poor outing against Delhi Capitals, he delivered a fine spell versus CSK. Chakravarthy removed Dhoni, which turned the game in KKR’s favor.
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