The Kings XI are breathing down KKR’s neck in the points table.

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got back to winning ways after defeating the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 59 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. It was much needed for them as they went into the contest on the backs of a shambolic eight-wicket defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

However, with their last win, Eoin Morgan and Co strengthened their grip on the fourth position. They will next be facing the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Monday, October 26 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. KL Rahul and Co are on a rampage, winning their last four matches.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch in Sharjah isn’t as good for batting as it was even as a couple of matches ago. It has started to assist the bowlers to quite some extent. Even the teams batting second have started to make hay.

However, a decent scoring match can be expected. The playing conditions will be warm with the temperature around the 30 degrees Celsius mark. The humidity is likely to be in the mid-40s.

Playing Combinations for KKR vs KXIP

Kolkata Knight Riders

Probable XI

Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Kings XI Punjab

Probable XI

KL Rahul (C & WK), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Probable Top Performers for KKR vs KXIP

Dinesh Karthik– Kolkata Knight Riders

Dinesh Karthik has blown hot and cold in the 2020 IPL without a shred of a doubt. In 11 games, the former Knights’ skipper has 148 runs at a terrible average and strike-rate of 14.80 and 122.31 respectively.

Nevertheless, he can take heart from his previous knock against the Punjab-based franchise. Back then, the right-hander smashed 58 runs and it turned out to be crucial in the game.

KL Rahul– Kings XI Punjab

KL Rahul remains as the Orange Cap holder for the time being despite his failure last time around against Sunrisers Hyderabad. With 567 runs at an average of 63, he has looked a class apart from his teammates.

It goes without saying that Rahul needs to stay on top of his game for KXIP to make further progress. In his last game against Knight Riders, he scored 74, though it was in a losing cause.

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KKR vs KXIP Head to Head

Overall

Played- 26 |KKR won- 18 | KXIP won- 8 | N/R- 0

At neutral venues (outside India)

Played- 4| KKR won- 2 | KXIP won- 2 | N/R- 0

Average first innings score:  190 (9 matches in IPL 2020)

Record of chasing teams: Won- 4 | Lost- 5

Broadcast Details

Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST

TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.

Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.

The prediction is for Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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