IPL 2020 – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab taking place? Monday 26th October, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab taking place? Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

What is the expected weather for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab? 33c sunny

Where can I get tickets for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab? IPL 2020 matches will be played without spectators to begin with but the official IPL website will update fans if this situation changes

What channel is Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE PREDICTION

The race for the fourth and final play-off place is hotting up nicely and these two teams are firmly in the race. Kolkata Knight Riders are currently sitting in fourth spot but there are two teams just one win behind them and the surging Kings XI are one of those sides. KKR come off an excellent 59-run win over Delhi Capitals and their batting performance especially will give them some good confidence ahead of this match in Sharjah. They may be able to count upon Andre Russell who is edging back to fitness but it is hard to see Morgan, Narine, Cummins or Ferguson making way on current form. They have good balance in the side right now and they will likely resist the urge to bring him back in right now. Kings XI have now won their last four games and miraculously dragged themselves into contention for the knockout phase. They defended 126/7 last time out against Sunrisers and ultimately won by 12 runs so that will give their bowling attack confidence. They will have to bat much better in Sharjah though as this promises to be a high-scoring shootout. KKR won the last meeting between these two and it could well come down to which batting line-up clicks into gear. KKR’s bowling unit with Lockie Ferguson and Sunil Narine in decent form can make the difference here however and they are marginally preferred to win this blockbuster.

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