IPl 2018 | Match 44 | KXIP vs KKR: Kings XI Punjab placed third on the table are to face a fifth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders at Indore for a crucial match at 16:00 IST. This match will put the winners in the running for the playoffs, making a victory for KXIP to gain their momentum and KKR to not be left behind. Both teams have promising players and have been in the headlines for their mind-blowing performances this season, however, the last few losses for both teams have brought both their confidence and their position on the table down.
Kolkata Knight Riders were one of the top four teams on the way to the playoffs less than two days ago but with their defeat in the hands of the Mumbai Indians, they’ve been replaced. The Dinesh Karthik-led side will look to get their spot back with a major improvement in the bowling area, a weakness that cost them their last game. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla have been giving away more runs than restricting, which is a place of worry for the team.
KXIP were also well on their way to the playoffs but have been held back with successive losses. Although their position on the table hasn’t changed, tonight’s match might earn them the second place and a direct entry to the playoffs if they win with a higher net run rate than the Chennai Super Kings. As we know, KXIP has been heavily dependent on their openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul who has not failed to perform yet but as was proved from their last defeat, they need the support of the middle-order batsmen. The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal, and Aaron Finch have not been making an impact.
Two teams with desperate reasons to win are to battle it out tonight – this will surely be a cracker of a game to watch!