The Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Kings XI Punjab in a vital match in IPL 2020. The match will be contested on 26 October (Monday).
Match Timings: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be telecasted on Star Sports Network and watchers can also see the live match on Disney+ Hotstar.
The Kolkata Knight Riders recorded an emphatic win in their last match Delhi Capitals. A win against Kings XI Punjab will inch them closer to the all-important IPL 2020 playoffs. Whereas KXIP is peaking at the right time and is on a 4 match winning streak.
KL Rahul and his men know that they now have to win it all if they want to advance further in the competition. It is anticipated to be a mouth-watering contest considering the context of the playoffs scenario.
Head To Head
Matches Played: 26
KKR Won: 18
KXIP Won: 6
The conditions at Sharjah is presumed to be warm but as the match progresses it will cool down which all the players will embrace.
Average First Innings Score
190-200 runs in IPL 2020.
The pitch at Sharjah is once again expected to be full of runs as batsmen will be eyeing big scores.
Injury and Availability News
For Kings XI Punjab, if Mayank Agarwal is fully fit ahead of the match he will swap places with Mandeep Singh.
On the other hand, KKR will be once again without Andre Russell in the match against KXIP.
Fantasy Tips- Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (wk/c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal/ Mandeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Jimmy Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, ©, Andre Russell/ Tom Banton, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab: Top Fantasy Picks
Nitish Rana: After his sensational knock at the top order, Nitish Rana should be picked in your fantasy XI.
Varun Chakravarthy: The spinning sensation of KKR will be coming in the contest with a 5 wicket haul in the last match. Chakravarthy was been terrific in the middle overs for KKR and he will once again be needed to be at his best against KXIP.
Eoin Morgan: The KKR skipper will be needed to produce an impactful knock at the small Sharjah cricket stadium. Morgan will hold the key for his side if they want to continue their winning ways.
KL Rahul: The leading run-getter of IPL 2020 is once again expected to be the most important batsman for his side. Rahul should be a sure shot pick in your fantasy squad.
Chris Gayle: The conditions will be ideal for Chris Gayle at Sharjah and he will be the dangerman for KKR.
Nicholas Pooran: The destructive batsman Nicholas Pooran should also be included in your team considering his fine form.
Captain and Vice-Captain Picks
Captain: KL Rahul
Vice-Captain: Sunil Narine
Fantasy 11 team
Wicket-keeper – KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana
All-Rounders – Sunil Narine
Bowlers –Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson