18th Match of Indian Premier League 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab will have an opportunity to displace the Kolkata Knight Riders from the top of the VIVO IPL 2018 standings when the two teams come up against each other in Match 18.
KKR and KXIP have three wins apiece, though the former have played one match more than KXIP’s three. KKR sit atop the standings, courtesy a superior net run rate. Both teams come into this match riding on superlative performances in their respective previous matches. KKR took the confidence of a resounding win against the Delhi Daredevils at home when they travelled to Jaipur and humbled the Rajasthan Royals in their fortress. KXIP too have the confidence of consecutive wins behind them; first, they defeated the Chennai Super Kings by a narrow margin of 4 runs, and most recently handed Sunrisers Hyderabad their first defeat of the season.
The two captains in this match – Dinesh Karthik and Ravichandran Ashwin – have read the game well, have been aggressive with their decision making, and have impressed with how they’ve utilised the resources at their disposal. Which one of them will be able to outwit the other?
When: Apr 21, 04:00 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The Eden Gardens track is considered as one of the better batting surfaces although spinners tend to come into action as the match wears on. Spinners have enjoyed bowling here in IPL games as well.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||24|
|Matches won bowling first||40|
|Average 1st Inns scores||154|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||143|
|Highest total recorded||204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR|
|Lowest total recorded||49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR|
|Highest score chased||204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR|
|Lowest score defended||114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||21|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||14|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||7|
Head to Head at the Eden Gardens
|Total Matches Play||9|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||7|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||2|
Last 5 games
|Total Matches Play||5|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||4|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||1|
The last encounter between the two sides ended in a close finish, KXIP beat KKR by 14 runs at Mohali despite an excellent 84-run knock from Chris Lynn.
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Kolkata Knight Riders:W W L L W
Kings XI Punjab: W W L W L
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR will look to stick to the winning combination from the last match.
Kings XI Punjab
Axar Patel come back into the side if he is fit, and Mohit Sharma or Baridner Sran might have to make way for that.
Kolkata Knight Riders : Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Ishank Jaggi, Prasidh Krishna, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles
Kings XI Punjab : Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Axar Patel, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel / Baridner Sran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Player to watch
Mujeeb Ur Rahman