[videourl mediaid="35nA0jb9" url="https://mum-videostream.s3.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com/cricketcountry/2019/05MAY/02/KXIP-KKR-Preview.mp4"] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kings-xi-punjab">Kings XI Punjab</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kolkata-knight-riders">Kolkata Knight Riders</a>, 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 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/indian-premier-league">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL 2019) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>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 <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/news/">Dinesh Karthik</a>-led side is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition owing to a better net run-rate. <p></p> <p></p>KKR snapped a six-match losing streak when they defeated <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mumbai-indians">Mumbai Indians</a> by 34 runs, while KXIP are on a three-match losing run so far their recent loss coming against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sunrisers-hyderabad">Sunrisers Hyderabad</a> 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. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-playoffs-scenario-csk-reclaim-no-1-srh-hope-to-level-with-mi-mi-srh-kkr-kxip-rr-ipl-playoffs-838037">IPL 2019 playoffs scenario: CSK reclaim No 1, SRH hope to level with MI</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>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!