KXIP vs KKR 03 May 2019 Match Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

KXIP vs KKR 03 May 2019 Match Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

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The 2019 VIVO IPL is gearing up for its final lap. Match number 52 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders is set in Mohali. With just two games left to go, a win for either team is very important. Both KXIP and KKR sit on 10 points and a win will take them closer to that qualifying spot. We bring to you the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course match predictions.

Kings XI Punjab

Punjab squandered their chances in the last match to make it in the top four. Currently they are placed below KKR owing to poor net run rate. Kings XI is on a three match losing streak and all will be lost for Ashwin and his boys if they fail to win against KKR. KXIP boast of a destructive opening pair in the form of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Rahul has been in tremendous form this season and has amassed 520 runs so far. With Warner gone, now is the chance for him to close the gap for the Orange cap. Gayle has been unimpressive so far but we all know what happens if the big man gets going. KXIP will be without Sam Curran, who has left for the World Cup camp. The likes of Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran and David Miller will have to be at their best against KKR.

The bowling will be spearheaded by Ravi Ashwin and Mohammad Shami. Both of them have had impressive seasons so far and have to stop KKR at all costs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was very costly in the last match and will need to improve his game for this one.

KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are the front men for KXIP in batting. Ashwin and Shami will have to handle the bowling unit.

Predicted XI

Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mohammad Shami, KL Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata had a pretty tumultuous season. At one point they were vying for the top spot but after six straight losses find themselves on the brink of elimination. With 10 points from 12 matches, KKR are in desperate need of a win to stay afloat in the competition. Their batting is headed by Andre Russell, who was again at his destructive best in the last match against MI. Shubman Gill put forth an impressive performance and KKR will bank on him and Lynn to give them a flying start. Although, KKR has been overly dependent on the one man show of Russell. For them to move on further, KKR will need to collectively work as a team.

KKR have been let down by their bowling unit once too many in this season. Narine looks like a shadow of his former self and Piyush Chawla also proves ineffective at times. Russell is looking sharp with the ball too having picked up two in the last match. Gurney will need to be at his best for this match.

Andre Russell is the obvious danger man for KKR. The West Indian alone has dragged the team so far with his batting and bowling.

 Predicted XI

Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthhappa, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Sandeep Warrier, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill.

Prediction: Who’ll Win?

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    This game is a must win for both sides. KXIP will have to stop Russell early on if they do not want to lose the match. A team performance from Kings XI Punjab will see them secure the win.

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