Kings XI Punjab will take on 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.
Kings XI Punjab have been outshone in almost every single game they have played so far and one has to feel for KL Rahul the skipper, who has only tried to lead from the front. Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have been decent so far and have won three games, which propelled them to the third spot on the IPL 2020 points table. Despite the positions of the two teams on the points table, this could well be a nerve-wracking encounter. To make things more interesting, I have gathered three of the best player markets for you to bet on.
I really have no idea what Kolkata Knight Riders team management were thinking when they initially benched Rahul Tripathi for the initial games. Then in the game against Delhi Capitals he was made to bat at number 7 and finally against Chennai Super Kings he was sent to open the innings with Shubman Gill! His scores so far in this 13th edition of the IPL are - 36 and 81, which proves that the Knight Riders had this little gem in their ranks and they were not using it. He has played 74 T20 games in his career and has 1618 runs against his name at an average of 26.96. Among those 74 games, 36 of them have been in his IPL career, and in those many matches, Tripathi has 875 runs to his name at an average of 28.22.The last time Tripathi played against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL, he registered a knock of 50 runs from 45 balls. LeoVegas is offering odds of 1.87 for Rahul Tripathi to score at least 22 runs against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday afternoon. The kind of form this man is in right now, it should be quite easy for this right-hander!
Kolkata Knight Riders'; middle order is a dream one and they surely are relishing the presence of the England skipper Eoin Morgan in it. Morgan is the kind of finisher that can take the game away from their opponents in no time with his big-hitting prowess. In the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, Morgan has already smashed 10 sixes in 5 games, averaging 2 hits per match. Kolkata Knight Riders have played three out of their five matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and Morgan has hit three sixes, which is an average of at least one six per game. Before coming into this IPL, earlier this year, in the two T20 series against Pakistan and South Africa, Morgan smashed 15 sixes in 6 matches, which is more than two sixes per game. In 281 T20 innings in his career, Morgan has managed to clear the boundary ropes 304 times and that again is working perfectly in our favour. Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.72 for Eoin Morgan to hit at least one six against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Kings XI Punjab's achilles heel has been their middle order conundrum and as a result of that they have not been able to close their games, which they could have actually won. However, Nicholas Pooran has been that vital cog in that middle order who has been saving some grace. The swashbuckling left-hander is the third highest run getter for Kings XI Punjab in this ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Pooran has notched up 196 runs in six matches at an average of 39.20. Nicholas Pooran also registered the fastest fifty of the Indian Premier League 2020 season in his last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have a quality bowling attack. The last time Pooran played against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, he scored a blistering 48 from just 27 balls. He has played 12 matches so far for Kings XI Punjab and has 287 runs to his name at an average of 28.70. LeoVegas again is offering best odds of 1.87 for Nicholas Pooran to score at least 21 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders in their forthcoming fixture and his form is indicative of the fact that he is likely to score a lot more than that.
Expect 22 runs from the bat of Rahul Tripathi - @ 1.87 (LeoVegas)
Eoin Morgan to hit at least one six against Kings XI Punjab - @ 1.72 (Bet 365)
Expect 21 runs from Nicholas Pooran - @ 1.87 (LeoVegas)