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KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2020: Kolkata, Punjab play same team, Russell still not fit

IPL 2020, KKR vs KXIP: Kolkata and Punjab are in the race to playoffs.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 26, 2020 7:42:33 pm
KKR vs KXIPIPL 2020, KKR vs KXIP LIVE: Both sides know the value of a win on Monday. (BCCI/IPL)

IPL 2020, KKR vs KXIP:  Kolkata Knight Riders will square-off against Kings XI Punjab in a mid-table IPL clash on Monday. KXIP are placed fifth on the points table having won five games from 11 outings, while KKR are a notch better, occupying the fourth spot with 12 points. (KKR vs KXIP Live Score, Live Updates)

With the race to playoffs heating up, both sides know the value of a win on Monday.

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KKR vs KXIP, IPL 2020:

19:10 (IST)26 Oct 2020
19:06 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KKR Playing XI: No changes

Eoin Morgan: "We would have bowled as well, pretty much for the same reasons. We did well against DC, played the way we wanted. Our fate is still in our hands, that's good. We have depended a lot on match-ups, it works at times, it doesn't at times. Andre Russell is unfortunately still not fit, so same team"

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik(w), Eoin Morgan(c), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

19:04 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KXIP Playing XI: No changes

KL Rahul: 'We will bowl first. Like to have a target on the board, the dew might have an effect as well in the second innings. Winning gives a lot of confidence to the group, it makes them keep performing better and better. The back-room staff have been phenomenal right from even the tournament started. No changes to our team'

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

19:01 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Toss

Kings XI Punjab win toss, elect to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders. 

18:22 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Gavaskar praises KL's captaincy, credits Kumble for KXIP turnaround

“KL Rahul has grown into the captaincy role…he made sure, with his field placing, with his bowling changes, even giving Chris Jordan that 19th over and then trusting Arshdeep (Singh) to defend 14 in the final over is fantastic.”

“Do not forget the role of Anil Kumble! Anil Kumble has been a fighter all his cricketing career, you could see when he went out with a broken jaw and bowled, and that spirit is seen in the KXIP,” Gavaskar said referring to the 2002 Test series against the West Indies.

18:03 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Arshdeep Singh: KXIP’s young man for the tough jobs

In the six matches in this IPL, he has bowled 16 of his 19 overs in the powerplay or in the last five overs. In this game, in the 18th over, Singh had got the match-turning wicket of the well-set Vijay Shankar with a short-of-length delivery bowled from around the wicket. Singh has earned the captain’s trust that he can execute any plan. After their previous game against Delhi Capitals, Rahul had said, “To come and nail six out of six yorkers is a really good job”. (READ MORE)

17:54 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Probable XI changes:
17:15 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KXIP Probable XI:

Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing XI: KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan/James Neesham, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh

16:56 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KKR Probable XI:

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

16:14 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Varun vs former team

Varun Chakravarthy, who picked up five wickets with 20 runs in his 4 overs, will be up against his old team in tonight’s clash. He is  KKR's lone bright spot in the bowling department and their most restrictive bowler of the tournament with an economy rate of 7.27. 

15:26 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Punjab eyeing sixth consecutive win
14:52 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Varun Chakravarthy on a roll

Varun Chakravarthy was on a roll with the ball against DC and following his match-winning effort of 5/20, became the first bowler to take a five-wicket haul this season. The mystery spinner will be eager to continue his good form.

13:53 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Last time these two sides met

In their last meeting, KKR and KXIP played out a last-ball thriller where KKR edged out KXIP by two runs, defending 164.

13:32 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Are the stars aligned with KKR today?

It is the auspicious occasion of Bijaya Dashmi in Kolkata so will the blessings of Durga be with the Knights tonight?

13:30 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KKR so far:

KKR will also be all fired up after their comprehensive win over the formidable Delhi Capitals and would be desperate to keep the winning momentum going. After the embarrassing eight-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, the two-time champions did well to regroup and inflict a 59-run defeat on the Capitals, who occupy the second spot in the points table.

Promoted to open the innings, Nitish Rana revelled in his new role and smashed a whirlwind 81 while sharing a game-changing 115-run stand with Sunil Narine (64). Leg- spinner Varun Chakravarthy then tore apart the DC middle-order with a five-wicket haul. (PTI)

13:14 (IST)26 Oct 2020
KXIP's concern

KXIP's bowling has been their weakest link. Barring Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of the bowlers have inspired confidence, especially in the death overs. But when their batting unit failed to put runs on the board on Saturday, the KXIP bowlers produced an excellent display of death over bowling against Sunrisers Hyderabad. They defended 126 by taking five wickets in the final two overs to eke out an incredible win.

13:04 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Delhi Capitals eye playoff berth in clash against SRH

Delhi Capitals would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the playoffs when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League match here on Tuesday. Two back-to-back defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab must be hurting but DC need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 16, which will elevate them to the top of the table. 

12:55 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Big Ben tolls after Hardik blitz trumps Jofra stunner

A scintillating 59-ball hundred from Ben Stokes helped Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by eight wickets and stay alive in the IPL. Chasing 196 for victory, RR won with 10 balls to spare. An unbroken 152-run partnership (82 balls) between Stokes and Sanju Samson took the game away from MI. RR’s win officially slammed the playoffs door shut on Chennai Super Kings. [Read More]

12:06 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Stats

KKR at this venue: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2
KXIP at this venue: Played 4, Won 3, Lost 1

11:54 (IST)26 Oct 2020
Milestones Alert:

Rahul Tripathi needs 60 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs.
Nitish Rana requires 87 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs for KKR.
Chris Gayle needs 16 runs to complete 1000 IPL runs for KXIP.
KL Rahul requires 65 runs to complete 2000 IPL runs as a wicketkeeper.

KKR vs KXIP KKR vs KXIP: Lockie Ferguson and Chris Gayle will be in action tonight. (Source: IPL)