KKR vs KXIP Today IPL Match Prediction – ICE Baba predicts that KXIP wins this match today.
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Today is the 44th match of the IPL 2018 and between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR vs KXIP Today IPL Match)
Date: Saturday, 12th May, 2018
Time: 04:00 PM with the toss at 3:30 PM
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
The weekend brings with it, its promised dose of IPL thrillers. What better way to start of the weekend than a rock roller between the Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knightriders. With virtually every match in the tournament now a knock-out, the stakes are higher than ever. A win meaning not only two points but also a crucial lead for Punjab over KKR in the top 4 race will see Punjab give it their all today.
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Starting 4 pm the two teams will take to the field in hopes of edging ever closer to the prized playoff spot. With Punjab sitting on 3rd with 12 points, KKR finds themselves two places behind on 10. The importance of the match couldn’t be empathized upon more than the captain’s pre-match conferences where both spoke about what a win would do for their team’s fortunes.
Having lost their last match after losing their way while batting, Punjab needs to bounce back immediately. With just a day to cool off, Punjab were seen battling it out in the nets yesterday leaving no stone unturned. The expansive and explosive batting side has been let down by their biggest assets the last few matches. After having dominated the first half of the tournament which had left them on the top of the pile after 7 matches, Punjab has lost their way subsequently. The ever reliance on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul haven’t fared off nicely for the side. It is high time that captain Ashwin and the team management sit down and find a solution to this. Underperforming stars like Yuvraj Singh and David Miller will have to be sacrificed if the team are t consolidate their batting unit. KKR on the other hand have loads of problems themselves having failing in both batting and bowling. Overall we give Punjab a better chance of winning today.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Owners-Shahrukh Khan (Red Chillies Entertainment) – 55% shareholder, Jay Mehta and Juhi Chawla (Mehta Group) – 45% shareholder
Captain- Dinesh Karthik
After the departure of their long-serving captain Gambhir, Kolkata looked to quickly fill the vacant slot as they took no time in announcing Dinesh Karthik as their new captain. The veteran Indian wicket-keeper who is coming off a match-winning knock against Bangladesh will be looking to pair up well with coach Jacques Kallis this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders( Team)
Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain/Wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna
Kings XI Punjab
Owners-Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, Mohit Burman, Karan Paul
Having snatched up the wily Ashwin from Chennai Super Kings, the Punjab side went all out in the auction, snatching up everyone within their side. They’ll be looking to their players do justice to the faith put in them by the owners and coach Brad Hodge.
Kings XI Punjab (Team)
Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Saran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.
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