IPL 2020: Must Win Game For Punjab - Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Dream11 Prediction

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Kings XI Punjab has lost their last 4 matches in this ongoing season of Indian Premier League 2020

 Indian Premier League 2020 has almost completed its half journey and so far matches have been pretty exciting. It's going to enter in it's second phase which is expected to be lot more entertaining than the first half. So far it has been a wonderful season for few teams while if we talk specifically about Kings XI Punjab, nothing has gone in Punjab's favor. 

Kings XI Punjab have lost their last four matches and they could be the first team of the tournament to be eliminated from playoffs if their same form is continued. They are coming into this game after facing defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game. While Kolkata Knight Riders would be high on confidence after beating Chennai Super Kings in a close contest. 

Kings XI Punjab have very tough road ahead as they will need to win almost every of their remaining matches which seems nearly impossible after looking at their present form. Till now KXIP have failed to get team combination right which is hurting their campaign this season. Undoubtedly Kings XI Punjab have been the worst performing team of this season. 

With just one win in six matches, they are placed on bottom of the points table and their loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured that team's run rate won't stay healthier even. In their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was Kings XI Punjab's batting that failed badly. Before their game against SRH, it was batting only that raised some hopes for Punjab. However, team is heavily dependent on the likes of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal and the duo went back to pavilion cheaply. 

Another failure of middle order batsmen exposed their weakness. Australian star Glenn Maxwell's place in the final playing 11 is under suspect as he hasn't performed in any of the first six matches. Kings XI Punjab made three changes in their lineup but those changes couldn't change team's fortune. However, Arshdeep Singh bowled brilliantly well and bagged two important wickets. Ravi Bishnoi took the wickets of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in a single over and the youngster would be pretty happy with his performance. 

Overall looking at their present form, it wouldn't be wrong to say that Kings XI Punjab may be the first team to be eliminated from top four. 

On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders will be pretty happy after winning their last game against CSK. They defended a total of 167 against the likes of Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni. However their bowling faced lot of criticism before this game but KKR managed to hold on their nerves which resulted in their victory by 10 runs. 

Sunil Narine was getting failed as an opener so Rahul Tripathi was allowed to open the innings with Shubman Gill. Tripathi batted brilliantly and scored 81 runs off 51 deliveries. Due to his magnificent batting he was awarded man of the match reward. More than their batting it was spin pair of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy who turned the game in their favor. Narine took the important wicket of Shane Watson and didn't allowed MS Dhoni to free his arms. 

With batting friendly pitches being prepared in UAE, KKR is a team that have almost 7 bowling options which could turn around things in their favor. In terms of batting, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russel can destroy any bowling attack on their day. Varun Chakravarthy has been a silent performer with the ball which is definitely helpful. 

It's a do or die situation for Kings XI Punjab while KKR will look to maintain their winning momentum hence a cracking contest in on the cards. 

Match Details 

Venue - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date - 10 October 2020

Timings - 3:30 PM ( IST ) 

Tournament - Indian Premier League 2020

Format - T20, Match 24 

Weather Condition - It will be warm evening in Abu Dhabi on match day with no chances of rain. 

Temperature - 34° Celsius

Precipitation - 0%

Humidity - 43%

Wind Speed - 26 km/h

Pitch Condition - Pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be good to bat on. Batsmen will be able to play on the front foot without any fear. Faster outfield will offer batsmen plenty of opportunities to score runs here. Fast bowlers haven't had much success on this surface while spinner's role will be important. 

Toss Strategy - Win The Toss, Bat First

Out of last 5 matches, four games have been won by batting first side on this ground. Hence, captain winning the toss may opt to bat first. 

Probable Playing 11 For Kings XI Punjab

1. Chris Gayle

2. Mayank Agarwal

3. KL Rahul ( C ) 

4. Nicholas Pooran ( WK )

5. Prabhsimran Singh 

6. Mandeep Singh

7. Mujeeb Ur Rahman

8. Ravi Bishnoi

9. Mohammad Shami

10. Sheldon Cottrell

11. Arshdeep Singh / Murugan Ashwin

Probable Playing 11 For Kolkata Knight Riders

1. Rahul Tripathi

2. Shubman Gill

3. Nitish Rana

4. Sunil Narine

5. Eoin Morgan

6. Andre Russel

7. Dinesh Karthik ( C & WK ) 

8. Pat Cummins

9. Kamlesh Nagarkoti

10. Shivam Mavi

11. Varun Chakravarthy

Best Picks For Dream11 From Kings XI Punjab

👉 Mayank Agarwal

👉 KL Rahul

👉 Mohammad Shami

👉 Sheldon Cottrell

👉 Nicholas Pooran

Best Picks For Dream11 From Kolkata Knight Riders

👉 Rahul Tripathi

👉 Shubman Gill

👉 Nitish Rana

👉 Andre Russel

👉 Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Best Choices For Captain & Vice Captain Will Be - 

👉 Nitish Rana

👉 Andre Russel

👉 Mayank Agarwal

👉 Rahul Tripathi

Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Odds Comparison Case Study

Kings XI Punjab is currently placed at 2.20. If we calculate the winning percentage of Kings XI Punjab at these odds then it comes out to be 45.45 percent.

On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders is currently placed at 1.66. If we calculate the winning percentage of Kolkata Knight Riders at these odds then it comes out to be 60.24 percent. 

Toss Winner Prediction - Kolkata Knight Riders

Match Winner Prediction - Kolkata Knight Riders

Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Dream11 Team

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Disclaimer - We have created this team based on our own instincts and analysis. Make necessary changes in your final Dream11 team once the lineup is announced. Read our preview and try to make your own Dream11 team. 

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