The Ultimate Combination: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab

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The clash between two of the most popular teams in IPL is set to be mouth-watering. Their popularity has been constant throughout the last decade because of the Bollywood angle. Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla own KKR, while Kings XI have the ever-smiling Preity Zinta in their pavilion cheering for them every year.

The last couple of seasons have been average for KKR who already have three titles to their name, and they haven’t qualified for the playoffs. On the other hand, Punjab have always had great potential but haven’t really ever found the right combination that can get them to the title.

On the field, it will be a battle between two captains who are great friends off the field and teammates in the Indian team. Karthik has been leading KKR for the last two seasons, while KL Rahul is captaining a team for the first time this year as Ashwin, their captain in 2019, was relieved by KXIP for this season.

So, Now let’s take a closer and clear look at the numbers for Head to Head:

KKR vs KXiP Head to Head Stats:

Total matches KKR KXIP No result
25 17 8 0

KKR has been the dominant team in this contest, historically winning more than two-thirds of the contests. But Kings XI Punjab might spring a surprise this year with a more balanced squad to unleash.

Players to watch out for - KKR vs KXiP 2020 :

Team Analysis of - Kolkata vs Punjab

Both teams have made significant changes this year from the last squad by relieving few players and picking up nine players each in this year's auction. It is important to get this done, as better IPL results are only possible once the team is extraordinary, enthusiastic and well trained. Although there are many twists and tricks to make and maintain a team but that is beautifully done and managed by the board and the team heads.

  • KKR went all guns blazing in the auctions to get Pat Cummins for a whopping price of INR 15.5 Cr to strengthen their fast bowling department. He will be carrying the burden of leading their attack and restricting the opposition.
  • Chris Gayle, the Universe Boss as he is called, will be with Kings XI but will be difficult to accommodate in the playing XI as he is 40. But his sixes can more than overcompensate for denying those few singles. That will be a difficult decision for the team management to make.
  • KL Rahul has had two great seasons in the IPL in 2018 and, 2019 and Kings XI will bank on him to get the tone set at the top of the order.
  • Eoin Morgan has been brought in by KKR to strengthen their middle order which is at times guilty of being over-reliant on Andre Russell.
  • Mohd Shami, who has been the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack in the past couple of years but hasn’t really lived up to expectations in the IPL, can be useful on slow and low pitches in the UAE.
  • Sarfaraz Khan, another promising talent coming on the back of a very successful season for Mumbai Ranji team will be important in addressing KXIP’s finishing woes.
  • Glex Maxwell, coming after scoring a century in the recently concluded series in England versus Australia, will be difficult to stop when he gets going.
  • KKR will depend on the spin duo of Narine and Kuldeep Yadav to provide them with the crucial wickets in the middle overs.

The probable XI for 2020 

A team with all the energy and enthusiasm to win is the one that outshines. If we talk about KKR vs KXIP, both have a bunch of outstanding players who maintain the shine in the team and prove themselves by each passing year. So, why not take a look at these talented players?

Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) Lokesh Rahul (C & WK)
Shubman Gill Mayank Agarwal
Nitish Rana Karun Nair
Eoin Morgan Nicholas Pooran
Andre Russell Glenn Maxwell
Sunil Narine Sarfaraz Khan
Nikhil Naik James Neesham
Pat Cummins Murugan Ashwin
Kuldeep Yadav Ravi Bishnoi
Sandeep Warrier Mohammed Shami
Shivam Mavi Sheldon Cottrell

IPL Stats of KKR vs Kings XI Punjab

No. Tournament Venue Winner
1. 2008 IPL Mohali Kings XI Punjab won by 9 runs
2. 2008 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wickets
3. 2009 IPL Port Elizabeth Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets
4. 2009 IPL Durban Kolkata Knight Riders won by 11 runs
5. 2010 IPL Kolkata Kings XI Punjab won by 8 wickets
6. 2010 IPL Mohali Kolkata Knight Riders won by 39 runs
7. 2011 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets
  8. 2012 IPL Kolkata Kings XI Punjab won by 2 runs
  9. 2012 IPL Mohali Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets
 10. 2013 IPL Mohali Kings XI Punjab won by 4 runs
 11. 2013 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets
12. 2014 IPL Abi Dhabi Kings XI Punjab won by 23 runs
13. 2014 IPL Cuttack Kolkata Knight Riders won by 9 wickets
14. 2014 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 28 runs
15. 2014 IPL Bangalore Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wickets
16. 2015 IPL Gahunje Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wickets
17. 2015 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 1 wicket
18. 2016 IPL Mohali Kolkata Knight Riders won by 6 wickets
19. 2016 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 runs
20. 2017 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 8 wickets
21. 2017 IPL Mohali Kings XI Punjab won by 14 runs
22. 2018 IPL Kolkata Kings XI Punjab won by 9 wickets (DLS Method)
23. 2018 IPL Indore Kolkata Knight Riders won by 31 runs
24. 2019 IPL Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders won by 28 runs
25. 2019 IPL Chandigarh Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets

The squad of KKR and KXiP for IPL 2020

Though the one on the field might be eleven, but the team prepared for the game comprises many more talented players. In the same manner, this squad went to UAE in the year 2020 for KKR vs Punjab.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubhman Gill Batsman
Rinku Singh Batsman
Nitish Rana Batsman
Nikhil Naik Batsman
Eoin Morgan Batsman
Rahul Tripathi Batsman
Siddhesh Lad Batsman
Sunil Narine Bowler
Kuldeep Yadav Bowler
Prasidh Krishna Bowler
Harry Gurney Bowler
Lockie Ferguson Bowler
Sandeep Warrier Bowler
Pat Cummins Bowler
Manimaran Siddharth Bowler
Kamlesh Nagakoti Bowler
Varun Chakravarthy Bowler
Dinesh Karthik Wicket Keeper
Tom Banton Wicket Keeper
Andre Russell All Rounder
Shivam Mavi All Rounder
Chris Green All Rounder

Kings XI Punjab

Karun Nair Batsman
Chris Gayle Batsman
Mayank Agarwal Batsman
Sarfaraz Khan Batsman
Mandeep Singh Batsman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman Bowler
Darshan Nalkande Bowler
Murugan Ashwin Bowler
Arshdeep Singh Bowler
Hardus Vilijoen Bowler
Mohammad Shami Bowler
Jagadeesha Suchith Bowler
Ishan Porel Bowler
Chris Jordan Bowler
Ravi Bishnoi Bowler
Sheldon Cottrell Bowler
Lokesh Rahul Wicket Keeper
Nicholas Pooran Wicket Keeper
Simran Singh Wicket Keeper
Harpreet Brar All Rounder
James Neesham All Rounder
Tajinder Singh All Rounder
Deepak Hooda All Rounder
Glen Maxwell All Rounder
Krishnappa Gowtham All Rounder

Watch both teams maintain their position in the IPL league table this year and shine like a star in the series of 2020. Stay tuned with the IPL live score today and enjoy the fantasy game of your team.

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