Cricket match date: 03rd May 2019
Cricket match time: 08:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KXIP
Team B: KKR
Team A Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
Team B Captain: Dinesh Karthik
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Cricket Match Preview:
Two teams, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who were in top four not too long ago have now slipped to seventh and sixth position respectively. For KXIP, it has been a similar story as last year, where they started on a high similarly before fading away later in the innings. KKR, on the other hand, had a complete loss of momentum after the first five cricket games, post which they lost six back-to-back games.
It is going to be a virtual semifinal between these two sides. The one who is going to lose this cricket game will be eliminated. Both sides have some glaring holes and the team which manages to hide them better will be the winner of this cricket game. KXIP definitely have a better bowling unit than KKR while KKR have the edge in batting over KXIP.
The battle between these two sides has always been very closely fought. In the last five cricket games, KKR have won three times while KXIP have been the winner on two occasions. KXIP’s Chris Gayle has a special liking for KKR’s bowling and he will once again be crucial to KXIP’s cause. R Ashwin’s captaincy has been good in this tournament, but he has been let down by the middle order of his team’s batting.
KKR, on the other hand, were marred by the poor bowling performances in all the cricket games. Even in the games where they have emerged victorious, it was largely due to Andre Russell and co batting out of their skin. In the last cricket game, even after scoring 232 runs against Mumbai, none of the KKR fans would have relaxed and it turned out to be quite right as Hardik Pandya almost did the unthinkable by scoring 91 off 34 balls.
KXIP’s problem is even if they do end up winning both their remaining cricket games, their run-rate is still very poor. Hence, they would need to win both games and win them comfortably to reach the playoff. KKR, on the other hand, have a better run-rate and they, too, will have to win both their remaining cricket games and then hope for other results to go their way.
Cricket Match Information:
KXIP and KKR will take on each other for the second time in IPL 2019. As of now, both teams are out of the top four and while KXIP are at seventh position with two cricket games left, KKR are at sixth position with two cricket games left as well.
Kings XI Punjab
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. He has led his side well in the initial phase of the tournament like last year, but his side has tapered off in the second half. Our prediction is of some changes to their playing eleven for this cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- David Miller
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- H Viljoen
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- Murugan Ashwin
Kolkata Knight Riders
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KKR are being led by Dinesh Karthik for the second season in a row. He had a good experience leading KKR last year and took the team into the playoffs. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KKR’s playing XI:
- Shubhman Gill
- Chris Lynn
- Sunil Narine
- Andre Russell
- Nitish Rana
- Dinesh Karthik
- Prasidh Krishna
- Piyush Chawla
- Lokie Ferguson
- Sandeep Warrior
- Robin Uthappa
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Chris Gayle likes KKR’s bowling. He has had a good record against them from the beginning of the tournament. Our prediction is of another good outing for him in the game against KKR.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The pitch in Mohali has been good for batting. Our prediction is of a score of around 180 this time around. Conditions are expected to be hot and dry.
KKR will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They have a better overall side compared to KXIP in recent times. Hence, our prediction is of KKR’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Shubhman Gill (KKR) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
R Ashwin (KXIP) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Andre Russell (KKR)
Kings XI Punjab – 1.86
Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.86
*odds may change anytime