Both the teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab have found themselves to be in a precarious position in their opening games. However, both the teams handled the situation and managed a win. They would now face each other at Eden Gardens which proved to be a thrilling pitch in the match against Sunrisers. Get free cricket betting tips and prediction for the match.
Both the teams would like to maintain the momentum in the upcoming game. It was batting show by Kolkata Knight Riders to steal the show from Sunrisers whereas the captain of KXIP got a controversial win. He was involved in the case of mankading and once again the cricket world is debating over the issue.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata has cleared their intentions and strategy form the beginning of the IPL. They have a good combination of overseas players with the likes of Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, and Ferguson. They would be part of the team for this game as well. Andre Russell was the show stopper with 19 balls 49 runs. He was impressive with the bat coming after a long layoff. Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill have also shown the potential for big totals and KKR would be happy.
With Uthappa, Karthik, and Narine, the batting order seems to be strong and can put up big scores on the board. As far as the bowling department is concerned, they have Russell with his all-round performance and three world-class spinners.
Kings XI Punjab
If the team was short of attention, then Ravi Ashwin himself took the responsibility with the controversial run out of Jos Butler. It was hyped on the social media and cricket fraternity divided over the controversy. Jos Butler was taking the game away and he was the unlucky one.
Chris Gayle continued his show with 47 balls 79 runs. This was a typical Gayle show with dot balls in the starting and then only boundaries. Mayank Aggarwal looked good. Sarfraz Khan made the most of the opportunity and took the score to a par score. KL Rahul has not proven his metal for a long time now. If he settles for 1-2 overs, then he could be very dangerous.
Bowling has been an advantage for KXIP. Ravi Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman have been consistent in picking up the wickets. Shami bowled well but Sam Curran is still finding the perfect length.
Head to Head Tipster
Kolkata Knight Riders have won 15 of the 23 matches that they have played in the Indian Premier League. KXIP has won 8 of them. Last season both teams won one match each. KKR has won nine of the last eleven matches against KXIP.
Probable Playing XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
Probable Playing XI Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
Brimming Eden Gardens is always a memorable experience for the players. Weather is expected to be good with no chances of rain interrupting the match. Pitch here is perfect for batting and thus all the matches here are high scoring.
Toss Prediction Tips
The side winning the toss would like to field first. As the pitch is good for batting, chasing a target seems to be a good option.
Cricket Betting Tips Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders have a great batting line-up and a balanced bowling attack. They have the capability to defend and put on a target. They are one of the favorites in IPL 2019 and would have the home advantage here.
Home advantage combined with the balanced side will make them win the game against Kings XI Punjab.