Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders, two teams languishing in the bottom half of the points are in a must-win position when they lock horns in match 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday.
Both KKR and KXIP have had an erratic campaign this season, but it’s the two-time champions KKR that probably may have the edge in this contest. Kolkata and Punjab are tied with 10 points from 12 matches, but the Dinesh Karthik-led side is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition owing to a better net run-rate.
KKR snapped a six-match losing streak when they defeated Mumbai Indians by 34 runs, while KXIP are on a three-match losing run so far – their recent loss coming against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. Although KKR ensured they return to winning ways against Mumbai, they need to register victories in their final two games to have a shy at the Playoffs berth. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019 playoffs scenario: CSK reclaim No 1, SRH hope to level with MI)
KXIP, with a negative net run-rate, need no less than a win and they have the home advantage to better their prospects. Come Friday, KKR and KXIP will both be gunning for victories. An exciting contest awaits Mohali!