IPL 2020 KXIP vs KKR Head-to-Head: Don’t miss Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders stats for your Dream11 playing XI

Kings XI Punjab are now desperately looking for a win to bring back their stuttering campaign back on track when they face favourites Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Saturday.

Smarting from a 69-run drubbing at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, it will not be an easy task for a struggling KXIP side to stand up to the challenge thrown by an all-round KKR team, which is a fine blend of youth and experience.

Following five losses and a solitary win, Kings XI Punjab are currently placed at the bottom of the table with two points, whereas the Knight Riders are fourth with six points from three wins.

Notwithstanding a couple of reverses, KKR are gradually emerging as a strong contender for a third IPL title, with many of their players striking form as the tournament approaches the half-way stage.

Shubman Gill has already created an impression as an opener and now KKR have found another option at the top in Rahul Tripathi, who will enter the game with some confidence after his swashbuckling innings of 81 against Chennai Super Kings two days ago.

After a string of poor scores that led to him being replaced by Tripathi at the top, Sunil Narine seems to be rediscovering his old touch with both bat and ball, and evidence of that was his outing against CSK.

The experienced Eoin Morgan is a huge presence in the middle-order which also has Nitish Rana, always on the lookout to impress the team management with his performances with the bat.

And then there is Andre Russell, who has not set the tournament ablaze in the manner in which he is expected to.

The biggest cause of concern for KKR is the form of their captain Dinesh Karthik, who is yet to contribute anything substantial with the bat.

And though he came in to bat at number seven in the last game with not many overs remaining, Karthik has also failed to perform while batting at the number three position at the start of the tournament.

However, his captaincy has been excellent in the game against CSK, especially the bowling changes the out-of-favour India player effected during CSK’s chase.

In pace bowling, they have the young duo of Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi, besides the seasoned world number one Pat Cummins.

While in spin, Narine has Varun Chakravarthy for company, and the player from Tamil Nadu will be high on confidence after bowling out Mahendra Singh Dhoni in their last match.

Kings XI Punjab will again rely on their trusted opening pair of captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.

If Chris Gayle recovers from his food poisoning, he will make his first appearance in the ongoing IPL and that will be a huge boost for KXIP.

The mis-firing Glenn Maxwell is likely to make way for Gayle.

Nicholas Pooran’s exploits with the bat is a positive for KXIP and he will again look to play his shots freely.

Death bowling is a major concern for KXIP and they would need to get it right against a strong KKR batting line-up.

IPL 2020 KXIP vs KKR Head to Head in IPL history

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3 May 2008

Kings XI Punjab

9 Runs

Mohali

25 May 2008

Kolkata Knight Riders

3 Wickets

Kolkata

21 April 2009

Kolkata Knight Riders

11 Runs

Durban

3 May 2009

Kings XI Punjab

6 Wickets

Port Elizabeth

27 March 2010

Kolkata Knight Riders

39 Runs

Mohali

4 April 2010

Kings XI Punjab

8 Wickets

Kolkata

30 April 2011

Kolkata Knight Riders

8 Wickets

Kolkata

15 April 2012

Kings XI Punjab

2 Runs

Kolkata

18 April 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders

8 Wickets

Mohali

16 April 2013

Kings XI Punjab

4 Runs

Mohali

26 April 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders

6 Wickets

Kolkata

26 April 2014

Kings XI Punjab

23 Runs

Abu Dhabi

11 May 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders

9 Wickets

Cuttack

28 May 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders

28 Runs

Kolkata

1 June 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders

3 Wickets

Bangalore

18 April 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders

4 Wickets

Pune

9 May 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders

1 Wicket

Kolkata

19 April 2016

Kolkata Knight Riders

6 Wickets

Mohali

4 May 2016

Kolkata Knight Riders

7 Runs

Kolkata

13 April

Kolkata Knight Riders

8 Wickets

Kolkata

9 May 2017

Kings XI Punjab

14 Runs

Mohali

21 April 2018

Kings XI Punjab

9 Wickets

Kolkata

12 May 2018

Kolkata Knight Riders

31 Runs

Indore

27 March 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders

28 Runs

Kolkata

3 May 2019

Kolkata Knight Riders

7 Wickets

Mohali

Dream11 KXIP vs KKR Predicted XI

Keeper – KL Rahul (c), Nicholas Pooran

Batters – Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill (vc)Mayank Agarwal

All-Rounders – Andre Russell

Bowlers – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi