Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders – two teams locked up in the mid-table battle for a playoff berth – will come up against each other in Match 44 of VIVO IPL 2018.
At one stage earlier in the season, KXIP had five wins from six matches; however, they’ve lost a bit of that momentum and fallen behind in the race, posting just one win in their last four matches. KKR have slipped to the bottom half of the table; the Dinesh Karthik-led team have not managed to carry forward momentum for more than two matches.
Both teams are coming off defeats in their respective previous matches; KXIP suffered at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, while KKR suffered a drubbing at the hands of their nemesis Mumbai Indians.
KKR have concerns relating to their bowling attack – which they need to address immediately. In their last five matches, they have conceded more than 200 twice and more than 180 on one other occasion. The pace bowlers are just not causing enough damage; in the ten matches so far, the KKR quicks have only picked up a total of 21 wickets, while leaking runs at a rate of 10.50 runs per over on an average. The lack of quality alternatives in the squad, and Andre Russell’s fitness issues are also hampering captain Karthik’s options.
KXIP need to resist experimenting, particularly with their batting order. Twice in three matches now, their decision to rejig the batting order has backfired. On Tuesday in Jaipur, the captain Ravichandran Ashwin promoted himself to number three and Akshdeep Nath (in his first outing) was sent to bat at number five ahead of the experienced Manoj Tiwary; outcome, KXIP failed to chase down 159 despite KL Rahul holding fort and batting beautifully at one end.
Given how closely the teams are packed in the middle of the table, it is quite possible that only one of these teams could progress to the playoffs. And in that context, the two points in this match are extremely crucial. Who will grab those two points?
When: May 12, 04:00 PM IST
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
The wicket at the Holkar stadium usually favours the batsmen. With even bounce and short boundaries coming into play, batsmen tend to rule the roost. On expected lines, Sehwag played with sparkle and fizz, and composed that record-breaking double ton against the West Indies in 2011. Even if we go further back in time to 2006, India chased down a target a 289 set by England with seven wickets to spare.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won bowling first||7|
|Average 1st Inns scores||158|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||160|
|Highest total recorded||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||97/10 (18.3 Ov) by RR vs KTK|
|Highest score chased||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||22|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||8|
|Won by Kolkata Knight Riders||14|
Last 5 games
|Won by KKR||3|
|Won by KXIP||2|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Kings XI Punjab: L W L L W
Kolkata Knight Riders: L L W W L
Kings XI Punjab
Not looking for any change.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shivam Mavi returned to the nets ahead of KKR’s match against KXIP after his finger injury, and Shubman Gill, who was out with a sore knee, also batted for a long time at the nets.
Kings XI Punjab : Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Kolkata Knight Riders : Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Mitchell Johnson, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Vinay Kumar, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhade, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Akshdeep Nath / Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c / wk), Andre Russell, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna / Shivam Mavi
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- KKR have a 14-8 record against Kings XI overall. The last two meetings, however, have gone Kings XI’s way.
- Often this season, Karun Nair has looked good without really translating it into something substantial on the scorecard. The numbers back this up, in a way. He has rattled along at 148.6 against pace, but fallen to it eight times in 105 balls. He has only fallen once in 81 balls to spin, but managed a strike rate of only 107.4.
- In the first five matches of the season, Kings XI scored at 10.7 per over in the Powerplay, and averaged 64.0 per wicket in that phase. In their last five matches, however, they have only scored 7.0 per over while averaging 30.1. While they won four out of their first five matches, they’ve only won two of their next five.
- KKR have taken only nine Powerplay wickets – the fewest of any team this season – in 11 games, and have the second-worst economy rate (9.20) of all teams in this phase. Kings XI have the joint-most Powerplay wickets of all teams (18), and have the second-best economy rate (7.68) in this phase.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Chris Lynn, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Andrew Tye