Kings XI Punjab struggle to stay relevant
Kolkata Knight Riders are favourites to make the playoffs as the fourth team ahead of Kings XI Punjab, but their odds of doing that could hinge on their fixture against the rival team on Monday. The Eoin Morgan-led side has had favourable results in the recent past, but will have a major hurdle to overcome Punjab. KKR have better odds of 1.71 to win this fixture.
Kings XI Punjab come off the back of four successive wins, including impressive performances against the current Top 3 in the points table. After a listless start to the season, they have managed to make a superb comeback and are in contention to make the playoffs. However, KXIP will have to beat Kolkata, the odds for which aren’t that good and stand at 2.05
Overall record massively in favour of KKR
The overall head to head record between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders is overwhelmingly in favour of Kolkata with 18 wins in 26 matches. Punjab have managed just 8 wins in all these years against Kolkata and will be up against history when they fight for a play-off berth on Monday.
RECOMMENDED BET: KKR come off the back of an impressive win against Delhi and have odds of 1.71 to win this game
Since 2018, Kings XI Punjab have won just one game and lost four to Kolkata Knight Riders. Earlier in the season when these sides met, Kolkata won a close game by 2 runs.
Keep an eye on…
Sunil Narine: After a short hiatus, Sunil Narine made an impressive comeback last game against Delhi Capitals and will be banked to take down Kings XI Punjab’s ordinary bowling attack while contributing with the ball too. The West Indian remains a potent threat for this game.
Kolkata’s overseas bowlers: Pat Cummins has started to take wickets and Lockie Ferguson made a resounding entry to the league earlier last week. Kolkata now have two reliable hit-the-deck seamers capable of swinging matches with the ball.
TIP: Mohammed Shami has had a great season so far with 17 wickets, the second most by any bowler, and has odds of 2.75 to be the top bowler.