In Dream11 IPL 2020, belatedly getting into the groove with four wins on the trot, Kings XI Punjab will hope to keep the juggernaut rolling when they take on a resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders in a mid-table IPL 2020 clash on Monday.
KXIP are placed fifth on the points table having won five games from 11 outings, while KKR are a notch better, occupying the fourth spot with 12 points.
A win for Punjab will elevate them to the top four, while a victory for KKR will take them to 14 points, the same as the top three teams in the contest, strengthening their playoff chances.
With the race to playoffs heating up, both sides know the value of a win on Monday.
KXIP had roared back to form, snapping their five-match losing streak with a win over third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. Since then the KL Rahul-led side has not looked back, defeating the top two sides in the tournament — Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals — besides Sunrisers Hyderabad.
However, they must also win their remaining matches for a shot at the playoffs.
KXIP’s bowling has been their weakest link. Barring Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of the bowlers have inspired confidence, especially in the death overs.
But when their batting unit failed to put runs on the board on Saturday, the KXIP bowlers produced an excellent display of death over bowling against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They defended 126 by taking five wickets in the final two overs to eke out an incredible win.
KXIP have the in-form batsmen in skipper Rahul, who is the leading run-scorer of the tournament, and Mayank Agarwal. The presence of flamboyant Chris Gayle has inspired the team, and since his inclusion in the playing XI, the Punjab-based outfit has not lost a single game.
Nicholas Pooran, too, has looked dangerous but the shaky form of Glenn Maxwell remains a concern.
Agarwal missed the match against SRH due to a bruised knee but the opener is expected to be back for the clash against KKR.
KKR will also be all fired up after their comprehensive win over the formidable Delhi Capitals and would be desperate to keep the winning momentum going.
If KKR wish to seal a play-off spot, their batsmen need to step up, shrug off their inconsistency and win matches for the team. Barring Rana (81) and Narine (64), everyone else failed against DC.
The KKR bowlers have done well to fashion victories and the addition of Lockie Ferguson has only strengthened the pace attack, which also includes Australian Pat Cummins.
KKR vs KXIP Head to Head Stats
|Played||Won by KKR||Won by KXIP||Tie||No Result|
|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|
|10 October 2020||Kolkata Knight Riders||2 Runs||Abu Dhabi|
KKR vs KXIP LIVE streaming
The match between KKR vs KXIP will be live broadcasted on Star Sports Network in the Indian Sub-Continent. The KKR vs KXIP will also be Live Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar. IPL 2020 Fans can also catch the KKR vs KXIP Live Score & Ball by Ball Updates on InsideSport.co.