Kings XI Punjab will go head on with Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 24 of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, on October 10, on Saturday afternoon.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking for nothing but a win against Kings XI Punjab in their forthcoming fixture. However, Kings XI Punjab will be more desperate for a win as they have ended up losing all their games so far apart from one. One has to feel for KL Rahul, who probably has done everything right so far but has not been able to get that rhythm and combination right. If they don't pick themselves up now, the idea of making it the playoffs will start seeming like a far-fetched idea. Kolkata Knight Rider, on the other hand, has lesser things to worry about and for you guys, I will throw three of the best team markets at you so that you can scratch your heads and place them bets!
The two-time champions have been in decent form but they have been hot and cold in the 13th edition of the IPL. However, at the end of the day those two points matter the most and Kolkata Knight Riders have three wins in their five matches. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab are reeling at the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table after losing five out of their six games so far. The two teams have clashed 25 times in the previous seasons of the Indian Premier League and Kolkata Knight Riders have emerged victorious on 17 occasions, leaving only 8 wins for Kings XI Punjab. Moreover, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 11 out of their last 13 head-to-head encounters against Kings XI Punjab. The last time Kings XI Punjab won a couple of games against Kolkata Knight Riders was back in the 2018 and 2017 edition of the IPL and prior to that, they could not beat the two-time champions for a stretch of four years. LeoVegas is offering odds of 1.73 for a Kolkata Knight Riders victory and the current form is indicative of that fact.
Kings XI Punjab have made a torrid start to their Indian Premier League 2020 campaign but they seem to be winning the race of fours. Their top order has been quite phenomenal and why won’t they be - KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been the two most prolific run scorers for Kings XI Punjab in this ongoing season. Kings XI Punjab have managed to smash 86 fours so far and Kolkata Knight Riders have 65 boundaries against their name in IPL 2020. In the previous season of the Indian Premier League, Kings Xi Punjab managed to hit 196 fours and Kolkata Knight Riders hit just one less than their opponent (195). However, in the last five head-to-head matches, Kolkata Knight Riders seemed to have the upper hand as they smashed 88 fours and, on the other hand, Kings XI Punjab clobbered only 73 fours. Kings XI Punjab have played four matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and they have accumulated 56 fours while the Knight Riders have played only one match at this venue and they could hit 12 boundaries. LeoVegas is offering odds of 1.91 for Kings XI Punjab to hit more fours against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday afternoon.
It has been an exciting edition of Indian Premier League so far as it will be fair enough to say that the run fest has continued and is showing no signs of respite. In the 22 matches of the Indian Premier League 2020 edition so far, 14 scores of more than 170 runs have been registered in the first innings. Believe it or not, 7 out of 10 matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium have produced more than 170 runs in the first innings. In the last five head-to-head meetings between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, four first innings scores of more than 170 runs have been registered. The average first innings total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League has been 181.5 (until match 22 of the IPL). Bet 365 is offering the best odds for this market (1.83) and a 1st innings score of more than 169.5 runs should be easily achieved as the wickets have mostly favoured the batsmen.
Kolkata Knight Riders to win - @ 1.73 (LeoVegas)
Kings XI Punjab to hit more fours - @ 1.91 (LeoVegas)
1st innings score to be over 169.5 - @ 1.83 (Bet365)