Kings XI Punjab will host Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Saturday in the 24th match of IPL 2020. The campaigns of Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders are moving in vastly opposite directions with the former’s sinking rapidly. Having won only one match out of six, Kings XI Punjab need a quick turnaround to keep their playoffs hopes alive. On the other hand, KKR will aim for more consistency.
Kings XI Punjab’s latest defeat came to SunRisers Hyderabad, against whom they conceded another 150-run plus opening stand. Even though their bowlers pulled back things beautifully after that, SunRisers Hyderabad went past 200 and ultimately won by a hefty 69 runs. In the batting department, only Nicholas Pooran shone against Hyderabad while the rest of the batsmen hardly contributed anything. KXIP need more from KL Rahul, who has not been able to motor along the same way he did against RCB.
With six points in five matches, Kolkata Knight Riders remain in sight for a berth in playoffs. While their bowling attack is one of the best in the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders need significant contributions with the bat from Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell. They could only manage 167 against Chennai Super Kings when the Knight Riders could have gone past 180 if they got some exploits from Russell.
IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Match prediction:
Kings XI Punjab seem overly dependent on their opening partnership of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to keep them going. With their reputed bowling attack, Kolkata Knight Riders could easily expose their out-of-form batting line-up. Kings XI Punjab’s bowling line-up, which has not found consistency, could also fall flat against the Knight Riders. Kolkata, who leads the head to head battle by a mile, will most likely stand triumphant.