IPL 2019: KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview: Last chance for either side

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KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview Highlights:

  • The Kings XI Punjab will move back to their home comfort when they take on KKR in one last bid to push their challenge forward for a last 4 finish
  • Having lost their previous 3 encounters, the Punjab based franchise have slumped all the way down to the perilous 7th position after sitting the top half at the beginning of the season
  • The match will begin at 8:00pm with the toss slated for 7:30pm. Star Sports 1,2,  Select HD 1, Hindi/HD will broadcast the encounter

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

This is bound to be the last chance ever accorded to either side to launch a bid for the remaining solitary place in the knock-out berth. Dwindling on a run-rate that is down in the trenches, another defeat will mean curtains down for the losing side. Having been wiped out from the floor, we have an encounter on our hand that is set to blow up when the two sides square off in Punjab at 8:00 pm on Friday.

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Having lost their way massively with three straight defeats, it’s now or never for Punjab. Having slumped all the way down to 7th place after coming right off the blocks in the initial stages, the tournament couldn’t have swerved off in worse fashion for the Punjab based franchisee.

It’s been the same script for the Kings as the previous season. After having wiped apart sides in the first half, the second half has seen them be trounced with comprehensive ease. They’ve fizzled out, way before they could sizzle, a downward slide that has seen their campaign lose all semblance.

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

Previous Encounter

The last time the two sides had met in the exhibition Indian Premier League, it was Punjab who were on the losing side of this clash yet again. An extremely high scoring encounter saw Punjab give a real fight to peel off the 218 runs made by KKR but the task at hand proved to be just too massive to negotiate around.

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Key Battle

Chris Gayle Vs Sunil Narine

Players of the same country both will be completely aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. And perhaps one of the two batsman who Punjab have turned to get the big runs for them, the need for Gayle to score a whirlwind innings and take on KKR’s bowlers to break apart their confidence is a huge one.

It’ll by no means be an easy going for him though. KKR have two spinners who’ll trouble him and expect Narine to be deployed pretty early on against Gayle. The wicket to wicket bowling by Narine who prefers to go with the faster deliveries can leave Gayle stumped and this promises to be an extremely intriguing watch.

Andre Russel Vs Mohammed Shami

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

The biggest improvement that Shami has shown over the last year has been the ability he’s acquired to limit the scoring in the death overs. He’s become much more aware of the deliveries needed to cramp the batsmen up for room in the final part of the innings and him facing off against Russell could well turn the match either way.

Russell was promoted the last time around, a move that should have been long due by KKR. If he’s sent up the order yet again to bide his time out in the middle, Shami will be unleashed against him to limit the scoring. Expect lot many slower deliveries, shorter bowled ones and the fingers being worded around the ball by Shami here to get the ball to dance to his tunes.

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Mayank (58) and Miller (59) had both scored half-centuries for their sides but limited to 190, a 28-run defeat meant that Punjab lost three straight matches against KKR.

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview

Probable XI

KXIP: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, David Miller, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

KKR: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(C and WK), Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney and Sandeep Warrier

KXIP Vs KKR IPL match preview – Match Details

Match 52, KXIR Vs KKR

Date and Time: 3rd May 2019, Friday- 8:00pm

Television: Star Sports 1, 2, Select HD 1, Hindi/HD

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