The IPL 2020 season, the 13th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 46th match on 26th October when Kolkata Knight Riders will face Kings XI Punjab at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders
After a disappointing loss against RCB, KKR bounced back strong against DC on Saturday, winning by a whopping 59 runs. Their 194 total was the courtesy of Nitish Rana’s blistering 81-off-53 and Sunil Narine’s 32-ball-64. Varun Chakravarthy was the star of KKR’s defence with his amazing 5-wicket haul, plus triple strikes from Cummins and one scalp for Lockie Ferguson.
Full Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik (wk), Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth.
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP are back in winning ways and they displayed a marvel of defence versus SRH on Saturday. Despite scoring only 126 runs with the skipper KL Rahul (27) and Pooran (32*) making a mark, the KXIP bowling squad completely obliterated the SRH batting squad as they were all out by 114 runs. Both Chris Jordan and the young Arshdeep Singh secured three wickets each, while Ravi Bishnoi landed remarkable economic bowling.
Full squad: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ravi Bishnoi, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel.
Waging odds: Kolkata Knight Riders (1.83) vs Kings XI Punjab (1.90)
Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites and are priced at 1.83, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹183.
Kings XI Punjab are priced at 1.90 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹190 if they come out as winners.
In their previous faceoff in the current IPL, KKR edged out with a 2-run win. That match was also the last defeat for KXIP as they have swept up 4 straight wins since then. Both teams have shown stout bowling action in their last matches. However, KKR’s superb batting compared to KXIP will give them a confidence boost to pick up another win.
It will be a close victory for Kolkata Knight Riders.