IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Preview, Probable XI, Head-to-Head and Fantasy 11

With plenty of problems to add for both team, Kolkata Knights Riders look in a better position against Kings XI Punjab.

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KXIP vs KKR Preview

KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in match 24 of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). KXIP-KKR clash will be the first game of the double-header hosted on October 10. The game will take place at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi from 3:30 PM (IST) onwards. 

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

Chris Gayle is likely to play his first IPL 2020 match against KKR

Kings XI Punjab has had a forgettable season so far in this tournament as they occupy the last spot in the Points Table. They have managed to register just a solitary victory in six games thus far. KXIP’s lost their previous encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad comprehensively by 69 runs.

Even after playing six matches, KL Rahul and co. failed to play a settled XI in IPL 2020. For instance, they have tried players like the skipper himself, Nicholas Pooran and Simran Singh for the wicket-keeper’s spot. But the inclusion of Chris Gayle will add a bit depth to their side, and as a result, they will continue making changes.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Rahul Tripathi emerged as KKR’s hero in the last game

On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders comfortably sit at the fourth spot in the Points Table. With three wins in five clashes, KKR managed to secure six points. But Kolata also has plenty of issues in front of them before they lock horns against the Punjab-based franchise.

One of the biggest concerns for them to address is the batting order as most of them play with an unsettled batting position. Eoin Morgan needs to bat higher, and Rahul Tripathi’s ‘Man of the Match’ performance will give them a boost in this game. 

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Match Details

  • Date: October 10, 2020
  • Time: 3:30 PM onwards (IST)
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Squads 

Kings XI Punjab Full Squad 

Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh (wk)

Kolkata Knight Riders Full Squad

Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Manimaran Siddharth, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Chris Green, Rahul Tripathi

Ideal Playing XIs

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI

  • KL Rahul (c)
  • Chris Gayle
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Simran Singh (wk)
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Chris Jordan/Sheldon Cottrell
  • Ravi Bishnoi
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Mohammed Shami

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI

  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Shubman Gill
  • Nitish Rana
  • Dinesh Karthik (c & wk)
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Andre Russell
  • Sunil Narine
  • Pat Cummins
  • Kamlesh Nagarkoti
  • Shivam Mavi
  • Varun Chakravarthy

Head-to-Head: KXIP vs KKR

  • Total matches played: 25
  • KXIP won: 8
  • KKR won: 17
  • No Result: 0
  • Tie: 0

Fantasy XI

Wicket-keepers:

  • KL Rahul
  • Nicholas Pooran (c)

Batsmen:

  • Eoin Morgan (vc)
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Shubman Gill
  • Mayank Agarwal

All-rounders:

  • Sunil Narine

Bowlers:

  • Pat Cummins
  • Shivam Mavi
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Ravi Bishnoi

Key Players

  • Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bishnoi
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine

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