Cricket match date: 27th March 2019
Cricket match time: 08:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KKR
Team B: KXIP
Team A Captain: Dinesh Karthik
Team B Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
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Cricket Match Preview:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their second home game of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). KKR had a tough outing in their first cricket game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), whereas KXIP had not played their first game by the time this piece is being written.
Both teams have some fine-hitting talents and it would be interesting to see which team comes out on the top. While KKR have Chris Lynn and Andre Russell, KXIP have Chris Gayle and KL Rahul as their fearsome hitters. On the bowling front, both cricket sides have a mystery in their lineup with KKR having Sunil Narine, whereas KXIP consists of Mujeeb ur Rahman.
For KKR, unfortunately, two of their India quicks Kamalesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi are out of the tournament due to injuries. This issue was on display in their first cricket game against SRH, where they struggled to stem the flow of runs from Warner and company. KXIP will have issues with their middle order, which lacks firepower if Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are dismissed early.
For KXIP, a huge responsibility will be on their opening pair of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both have been in great form in limited overs format and if Rahul can replicate his form last year, Punjab will be in a great position. Chris Gayle, on the other hand, has been in an unbelievable form recently and that augurs well for Punjab. Apart from these two though, their batting is a bit thin and other will have to step up.
KKR would like Chris Lynn to come to the party soon as he has not managed to show his best form in the IPL yet. His struggles against spin were apparent even in the first cricket game against SRH, where he was dismissed by Shakib Al Hassan. Nitish Rana stepped up in the last cricket game, but they will have to make better use of their two youngsters Kuldeep Yadav and Shubhman Gill.
Cricket Match Information:
KKR and KXIP will take on each other in their game two of the IPL 2019. While KKR finished as the number three team in the IPL last year, KXIP missed the playoff spot last year.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KKR is 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 almost the same playing eleven that played 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
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Robin Uthappa
Kings XI Punjab
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP is being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. He led his side well in the initial phase of the tournament last year, but his side tapered off in the second half. Our prediction is of the same lineup that played in the majority of their tournament last year.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Karun Nair
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- Sam Curran
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
KL Rahul had a memorable outing against KKR last year. Our prediction is of another good outing for him in the game against KKR.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last cricket game played on this ground showed that it is quite a good pitch for batting. While there was some help for pacers if they hit the right length, it was still a batting paradise. Our prediction is of a score of around 180 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
KKR will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They have a better overall side compared to KXIP, who in turn have more firepower at the top of the order. But based on the overall balance, our prediction is of KKR’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
KL Rahul (KXIP) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kuldeep Yadav (KKR) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Robin Uthappa (KKR)
Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.62
Kings XI Punjab – 2.15
*odds may change anytime