It is a tedious task for Kolkata Knight Riders to make their place in the playoffs. With the six-match losing streak finally ending in their previous match against Mumbai, they have a better net run rate. Still, they cannot afford to lose a game here which might end their campaign in the tournament. Read on the complete IPL match prediction here.
Kolkata has the home advantage and they have done pretty well at the pitch. Kings XI Punjab is in no better situation and they are placed at seventh position. They too cannot afford to lose the match here. Kolkata Knight Riders are now scheduled to play against Kings XI Punjab in their next match on 3 May.
IPL Match Prediction Performance Check
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab has lost their form and has lost three matches back to back. They lost their last game to Sunrisers Hyderabad and their chances of making it to playoffs.
Mujeeb ur Rahman bowled the worst spell of the tournament and gave away 66 runs. Their bowling attack was ineffective with Arshdeep Singh also going for runs. Their world-class bowlers like Ravi Ashwin and Shami were ineffective and their efforts went in vain.
Punjab needs to work on their bowling attack a lot. Their batting line-up has depended much on KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Their middle order needs to take responsibility. David Miller, Mayank Aggarwal and Nicholas Pooran have the potential but they have not been able to showcase it.
Punjab needs to win this match at any cost otherwise its time for them to pack the bags.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders finally won their previous match and it was because of the time Andre Russell got at the crease. He took the control of the innings and scored 80 runs off 40 balls. We cannot forget the innings that was played by Shubman Gill. He is a much better option to open the innings for the team.
Chris Lynn and Dinesh Karthik are back in form and they have scored runs in the previous match. Their major concern area has been the bowling attack.
Russel and Narine have been bowling their four overs completely and are the most reliable resources for the team.
All in all, they need to get in their best combination and play their best.
Head to Head Tipster
Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have played 24 matches against each other with Kolkata winning 16 matches.
IPL Match Prediction Playing XI Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh
IPL Match Prediction Playing XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
Weather is expected to be hot and dry with fewer chances of humidity. Pitch here at Mohali is good for batting. A score of around 170 should be a competitive total.
Toss Prediction Tips
The team winning the toss would like to chase the target. The team batting second has more success when compared to the team batting first.
IPL Match Prediction
Kings Xi Punjab has lost their track and has lost last three matches. They are not sure about their playing eleven and make a lot of changes. Kolkata Knight Riders are much better placed with match winners in the side. We back Kolkata to win the match.