On Friday night, Match 51 of IPL 2019 will bear witness to a KKR vs KXIP battle. Both teams are almost certainly out of the running for the IPL playoffs with a handful of matches to go. So in other words, this KKR vs KXIP match is for bragging rights.

H2H record

There have been a total of 24 KKR vs KXIP clashes with Kolkata’s lead in the head to head scene nearly double. In other words, the Knight Riders have taken 16 wins to the Kings XI Punjab’s 8. As of now, the momentum likely swings towards Punjab inspite of losses for both teams in their last game. This is because the Knight Riders have been on a losing streak. The highest score statistic goes to KKR’s side with 245 to KXIP’s 214. The lowest score stat goes the other way with KXIP on 119 to KKR’s 109.

Predicted Playing 11

Kolkata: Chris LynnShubman GillNitish RanaDinesh KarthikAndre RussellSunil Narine,  Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep YadavLockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier

Punjab: Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Agnivesh Ayachi

KKR vs KXIP
Gayle vs Russell

Weather and pitch report

The IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali is expected to favour batsmen and dew will also play a big role. As a result, the chasing team will likely be at an advantage.

On Friday night, the weather is expected to be cloudy and that could cancel out the dew factor. With regard to temperature, it is set to range in the 30s during the match.

Prediction for match result

Both teams head into the game on the back of losses in their last match. This match is also set to go down in the Kings Xi’s backyard, so this KKR vs KXIP match may swing towards the Punjab team. Also, adding to that is the fact that the Knight Riders have lost their last 4 matches.

Conclusion

This is the second time that there will be a KKR vs KXIP meeting in IPL 2019. The Kolkata home leg of the KKR vs KXIP tie resulted in the hosts coming out on top. So, can the Kings XI Punjab exact revenge or will Kolkata break their losing streak?