Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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IPL Prediction for KKR vs KXIP Match

Match No 44: KKR vs KXIP

Date and Venue: 9th May 2015, Kolkata

Head to Head: Played 16       KX1P 6      KKR 10


Kolkata knight riders and Kings XI Punjab, last year’s finalists will face off for the second tim in this edition. But KXIP has not played like they were the last year’s finalists while KKR has done well and looks good for that top four spot.

Last time these two played was at Pune where KKR won the match by six wickets on the back of a superb innings by Andre Russell (66 off 36 balls). However KXIP were in the contention as they managed to reduce KKR to 60-5 but Russell single handedly won them the match. KXIP were not sufficient with the bat as Bailey and Maxwell were the only ones among the runs.

 

Kolkata has been consistent in this tournament and with 13 points in the 11 matches played they are well placed at number three on points table. At their fortress Kolkata they have lost just one match this season and now is in the groove to squeeze the match with their spinners. With Sunil Narine back for them in the last match against DD. He was not impressive but he will get better as he plays some matches.

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They played four frontline spinners on a Kolkata pitch and strangled the game in their favour. Piyush Chawla was among the wickets and took four of the DD wickets including wickets of Yuvi and Duminy. However, it will be interesting to see if they continue with four spinners in a day game.

Their batting is surely a concern when Russell does not strike big. It was Yusuf Pathan who turned up for KKR but if it were not for four 4s by Botha in the last over they would have been short on the total. The middle order looks slightly weak as Manish Pandey has not been in great form.

Kings XI Punjab from being a finalist in the last season to being wooden spoon holder this season has been a complete reversal for them. None of their batsmen have clicked especially the openers. They reinforced the opening slot with the inclusion of Murali Vijay but he has not been able to make a difference. But he will be useful on a turning track in Kolkata countering four spinners. Sehwag and Maxwell have failed miserably and does not deserve a place in the XI.

In the bowling they have persisted with Mitchell Johnson who has neither been able to pick wickets nor stem the run flow. It is time to replace him.

 

KKR vs KXIP Teams News

Kolkata is likely to go in with four spinners and be unchanged for the match.

Kolkata Knight Riders (probable XI): 1. Robin Uthappa 2. Gautam Gambhir 3. Manish Pandey 4. Yusuf Pathan 5. Surya Kumar Yadav 6. Andre Russell 7. Piyush Chawla 8. Johan Botha 9. Sunil Narine 10. Brad Hogg 11. Umesh Yadav

 

Kings XI Punjab is expected to bring in Marsh in place of Maxwell while Beuran Hendericks is expected to replace Mitch Johnson.

Kings XI Punjab (probable XI): 1. Manan Vohra 2. Murali Vijay 3. Shaun Marsh 4. Wridhiman Saha 5. David Miller 6. George Bailey 7. Axar Patel 8. Beuran Hendericks 9. Anureet Singh 10. Karnveer Singh 11. Sandeep Sharma

 

The Pitch Report for KKR vs KXIP

Match is to be played at Kolkata and we have all seen how the pitch in the evening matches. It is afternoon game here and if anything the pitch will be drier and more assisting for spinners. Kolkata defended 167 and 170 with ease here in their last two matches.

  

KKR vs KXIP Prediction and Odds

Kolkata Knight Riders is 1.64 to win the match.

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