Preview : Last chance for KXIP to qualify

The remaining matches for Punjab are can decide their participation in playoffs.

Kings XI have only one method of making the top four: they’ll need to win all three of their remaining games and hope Sunrisers lose their remaining fixture against Gujarat Lions.

There’s a bad news for Punjab fans. Kings XI will be without Hashim Amla, who scored his second century of the season on Sunday. Amla and David Miller have left for national duties. Either allrounder Darren Sammy or fast bowler Matt Henry is likely to replace Amla, considering Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis was ruled out of the IPL with a shoulder injury last week.

Coming to KKR, they are in a commanding position. Kolkata Knight Riders will look to consolidate their position in the top two.

Their bravery is getting the victory for them. The opening partnership is killing it.

Robin Uthappa is still being monitored by the Knight Riders medical staff. There’s no confirmation on whether fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile will be available for selection either.

Knight Riders are tied on 16 points with Rising Pune Supergiant, and are in second place by virtue of a better net run-rate.



Scoring Patterns 

in 3 games played at Mohali this season . First inning scores have been (1-2 denotes match won by side batting first or second)

207/1 , 67/2 , 189/2

The average 1st batting total is 154.



Probable XI

Kings XI Punjab: 1 Manan Vohra, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 5 Gurkeerat Singh, 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Matt Henry/Darren Sammy, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Varun Aaron/T Natarajan, 11 Sandeep Sharma


Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Gautam Gambhir (capt), 4 Robin Uthappa/Sheldon Jackson (wk), 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Suryakumar Yadav, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Kuldeep Yadav



Head to Head 

Overall: Kolkata Knight Riders command a comprehensive 14-6 lead over Kings XI Punjab. Knight Riders have won eight games in a row against Kings XI since 2014.

This season: Sunil Narine’s Powerplay blitz, followed by Gautam Gambhir’s unbeaten 72, helped Knight Riders chase down 171 with eight wickets in hand and 21 balls to spare.




Watch Out For 

Maxwell : The team is dependent on Maxwell as Amla and Miller have left the team due to National duty. Maxwell is bowling excellently as well for his team in recent matches.

Sunil Narine : He is in spotlight after the last match. He scored the fastest half century in the history of IPL. He scored 50 in just 15 balls. He also took wickets in the last match against RCB.



Stats And Trivia

*Wriddhiman Saha (11.25 in eight innings) has the second-worst average among batsmen who’ve played more than five innings in the top seven.
*Kings XI’s recent success is down to drastic improvements in bowling: in the first six games, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Axar Patel had taken 15 wickets at an economy of 8.71 and an average of 38.06. In the last five, they’ve taken 23 wickets with an economy of 7.48 and an average of 16.00.
*Glenn Maxwell has also chipped in to Kings XI’s improved bowling – he has taken six wickets at an economy of 5.92 in their last five games.
*Gautam Gambhir has hit Maxwell for 42 runs from 24 balls.
*Maxwell has been dismissed thrice by Umesh Yadav in 19 balls, and twice by Narine in 31 balls.


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