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It is going to be a tough task for either the Kings XI Punjab or the Kolkata Knight Riders to be able to qualify for the IPL 2019 Playoffs. The two teams have a very similar record at this stage of the competition. They have played twelve matches and won five matches to be on ten points. The Kolkata Knight Riders have the better net run-rate but that is all that is separating these two teams at the moment.
Rajasthan’s match getting rained out has helped these two teams a little but the task of qualifying is still a tough one. There is a real chance that these teams could win their final two matches and still not be able to qualify.
In such a situation, all the teams can do is come out and play their best cricket. If the other things fall into place then that’s good otherwise there is nothing to be done.
KXIP vs KKR IPL 2019 is going to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.
Kings XI Punjab has lost its last three matches and its chances of making the playoffs are hanging by a thread. The previous match saw the Kings XI being thrashed by the Sunrisers by a margin of 45 runs. That is a huge loss in T20 cricket and surely demoralized the side.
It included one of the worst spells of bowling that we have ever seen as the Kings XI gave up the fastest fifty of the tournament in just four overs.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was brought back into the side in the previous match. He gave away 66 runs in his four overs and did not take a wicket. Arshdeep Singh was completely ineffective as well giving away 42 runs in his four overs.
This meant that the bowling performances of Ravi Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, and Murugan Ashwin were lost in the bigger scheme of things. This is something that the Kings XI cannot afford against a strong Kolkata batting lineup.
They must think of strengthening their bowling lineup by maybe including Hardus Viljoen or Andrew Tye in the side.
The batting for the Kings XI side is highly dependent on KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both these players need to score runs otherwise the Kings XI side is going to struggle massively. Unfortunately for Ravi Ashwin, his main middle-order batsmen have not done well this year. David Miller, Mayank Aggarwal, and Nicholas Pooran have all struggled and their potential remains unfulfilled.
Kings XI Punjab has no options but to win this match. Doing so will require something special from one of their players and is not going to be easy.
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran, M Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, AJ Tye.
The Kolkata Knight Riders finally did what everyone had been imploring them to do since the beginning and that was to give Andre Russell more time at the crease.
The big West Indian came in at number three and took over the game. He scored 80 from 40 balls with 8 sixes to help Kolkata reach its highest score in the IPL. The contribution of Shubman Gill at the top of the order cannot be understated either. He made 76 from 45 balls and is a much better choice then Sunil Narine to start off the inning.
With Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik in good form, the Kolkata Knight Riders are back to their best in the batting department. The real problem for Kolkata has been its bowling. The side does not have the bowling resources that some of the better teams in this competition do.
Andre Russell has been bowling his four overs regularly and that is a big plus for Kolkata. Russell and Narine are among the two most consistent bowlers for the side and can be relied upon by Dinesh Karthik to get some measure of control.
The stadium in Mohali is pretty big and that will suit both of these bowlers as well.
Sandeep Warrior had a good match in his IPL 2019 debut and should get another chance. Harry Gurney is also another bowler that could do well at the large Mohali stadium with his mix of slower balls.
Most importantly for the Knight Riders, they are not playing a very strong batting lineup. The Knight riders are always going to be in with a chance of they can get Gayle and Rahul relatively cheaply.
SP Narine, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, RV Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, RK Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.
The team winning the toss is likely to want to bat second. Both the sides like to chase down scores and the ground conditions should also be favorable for that strategy.
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KXIP vs KKR IPL 2019 is going to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. The weather is expected to be hot and dry on match day. The humidity is also not expected to be too high so hopefully, there will not be too much dew on the ground either.
The pitch at Mohali has been good for batting. It has allowed the batsmen to play their shots but the big dimensions of the ground help even the contest a little. The bowlers have more room for error at this venue than at some others and we should see a good contest between bat and ball.
A score of around 170 should be considered par at this venue.
There are some clear big-name favorites that we have picked in our Dream 11 team for Kings XI Punjab versus Kolkata Knight Riders. To balance their selection, we have also included some value players that could return some solid rewards. As always, please follow us on twitter @cricketbettings to get the latest updates after the toss. Sometimes our updated team can be very different from our initial picks.
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik is in good form and batting up the order as well. Picking him over other candidates like Nicholas Pooran or Prabhsimran Singh was an easy choice.
Batsmen: We have picked Shubman Gill, Lokesh Rahul, David Miller, and Chris Gayle in our team. Chris Lynn is the one big name not included in this lineup. David Miller has been in poor form but has a feeling that Kings XI will send him up the order in this match to try and have more of an impact. It's a calculated risk. Most of the people are going to have Gayle, Rahul, and Gill in the side so their performances are not going to make a huge difference in the overall rankings.
All-rounders: Andre Russell is the first name on every sheet and there is a very high likelihood of him being picked captain as well. Since he has been bowling his full quota of overs and batting in the top-order, there is no option but to pick him. The other two all-rounders in our team are Ravi Ashwin and Sa Curran. Ashwin has been in good bowling form but Curran has not been in the playing eleven in recent matches. We think Curran will do a good job if he is picked but he is one player that may need to be substituted after the toss.
Bowlers: We have picked Sandeep Warrier, Murugan Ashwin, and Harry Gurney in our team. All three of these players are almost certain to win and are a good value for the price they command.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have picked the two West-Indians, Andre Russel and Chris Gayle, as our Captain and Vice-Captain respectively.
The Kings XI Punjab are on a downward spiral. They have lost their last three matches and the number of changes they make to their team keeps them unsettled as well. Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to end a six-match losing streak in the previous game and seem to have finally found the right balance for the side.
They are a dangerous side with more match winners, a stronger batting side, and better all-rounders than the Kings XI Punjab.
Bet on the Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
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