[12th May, IPL 2018] Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Prediction, Preview, Betting Tips & Playing 11: Who Will Win today?

[12th May, IPL 2018] Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders Prediction, Preview, Betting Tips & Playing 11: Who Will Win today?

Vivo IPL 2018 is now 43 matches old, and the 44th one is going to be a battle for the 3rd and 4th spots in what has been an IPL loaded with drama and entertainment. Kings XI Punjab battle it out with Kolkata Knight Riders where the former needs a win to keep up with CSK, and seek of a place before any kind of mishap while KKR would be desperate to find some form, and turn the tables. We bring to you the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, match-analysis and of course today’s match predictions.

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP is almost home and will go on to secure a spot in the playoffs given they do not give it away at this vital point of the competition. Their recent loss to RR in the reverse fixture exposed the middle order batting frailties, and the inexperience of Stoinis and Akshdeep Nath. David Miller may have been a little out of form, but he has been Punjab’s best batsman since his inclusion, and benching him from the start of the season might come back to haunt them. Chris Gayle has looked a little jittery, but he puts immense value on his wicket, and KKR will be desperate to get their former player out as the small boundaries of Holkar Stadium will only see them disappear in the stands. KL Rahul has been magnificent, and with little help, he can turn out to be a match winner of all sorts. Akshdeep Nath and Manoj Tiwary failed miserably though the former has only played one match, and might save his place, I would like to see Mayank Agarwal coming in for Tiwary.

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Bowling Line-up

Andrew Tye has been amazing and has 16 wickets to his name in Vivo IPL 2018, and he will hold the key against Russell in the death overs. Kings XI Punjab has a decent bowling attack, and Ashwin’s captaincy has been brilliant as well. Mujeeb the young leggie is going strength to strength and will finish as a strong contender for Vivo Emerging Player of the Year award. Axar and Ashwin have kept it tight, and Mohit Sharma is proving to be an ideal foil to Tye.

Key Players

Mujeeb ur Rahman would be the key to KXIP’s hopes on a sunny day against KKR’s batsmen and small boundaries. With the bat KL Rahul is the man in form, and he will look to carry his team forward. You cannot put Chris Gayle out here, as he boasts of a phenomenal record against KKR.

Predicted Playing XI

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal/Manoj Tiwary, Karun Nair, Akshdeep Nath, David Miller/Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR once looked like a team about to seal the top two spots in Vivo IPL 2018, but right now they sit 5th at the points table, but their major concern would be the team’s form. Russell has faded into oblivion, Uthappa is nowhere near his best, and Nitish Rana too seems to be out of sorts. Rinku Singh hasn’t been a perfect alternative to Gill as well. The major problem remains to be DK; his batting position and form will be under scrutiny if Kolkata Knight Riders fail to qualify for the playoffs. He is either batting too low down the order or whenever he is coming in at number 4 or 5 he is failing to capitalize. His decisions have baffled as well with Chawla bowling the last over and getting pelted out of the ground.

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Bowling Line-up

Narine may have to be economical, but he has lost the aura where batsmen were scared of taking him on. Curran impressed the other night, but Prasidh Krishna exposed his inexperience, and it would be about time that Mavi gets another look in.

Key Players

KKR would bank on Dre Russel and he will be their key player. I would expect him to come up the order and face 5-10 balls before going blitzkrieg. Narine would be another standout performer if KKR is to win this match and keep themselves from an embarrassing campaign.

Predicted Playing XI

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Ishank Jaggi/Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Tom Curran, Shivam Mavi

KXIP Vs KKR: Where to watch/Live streaming?

TV channels: Star Sports, Willow TV, SuperSport, Sky Sports, Channel 9, Fox Sports, Geo Super, BeIN Sport

Live streaming: Hotstar, Sky Go, Yupp TV, SuperSport.

KXIP Vs KKR Match Prediction 11th May, IPL 2018: Who Will Win today’s match?

On a slow Indore pitch, KKR would have the upper hand, but that would mean their trio of spinners being at their best. The smaller boundaries will cater to KXIP’s batting power, so it will be an evenly played contest.

What do you think who will win today’s match between Kxip and KKR? Post your today’s match prediction in the comment section and don’t forget to vote the winning team in the poll below. Also, share the match-analysis with your friends.

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