The Indian Premier League will see two matches on this Saturday. In the first match of the day Kings XI Punjab will host Kolkata Knight Riders at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. In the second match, the down and out Delhi Daredevils will face fellow strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The first match does have significance in terms of playoffs calculations. But the second match will not have any practical playoffs reckoning. Still, the second match will feature a clash between two generations of stroke makers.
Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Preview
This is an extremely crucial match for both the matches. These two are potential candidates for two vacant spots for playoffs, assuming Chennai Super Kings will follow Hyderabad Sunrisers to the playoffs. So a win here will not only boost each team’s chances of qualifying, but kill off the other team’s chances as well.
A win is a must for Kolkata Knight Riders. They have 10 points from 11 games. Even a win may not suffice for them, considering their poor net run rate. But a loss is likely to effectively puncture their campaign.
Kings XI are in a slightly more solid ground. They have 12 points from 10 games. They can afford even a loss. But they have tougher matches coming up. So, a win would allow them to breathe more easily.
Prediction for cricket betting: Kings XI Punjab to win.
Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Preview
There are some big names in this bottom-dwellers’ clash. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who play for RCB, represent the older generation of stroke makers, while Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant of Delhi Daredevils bear the flag of new generation. Both teams now have only statistical chances of qualifying for playoffs, which will never materialize.
The match could see big hitting from both teams, as none of the teams possess a good bowling unit. Expect a high-scoring match. Expect Kohli and de Villiers to up their ante in their bid to show the young-turks who the boss is.
Prediction for cricket betting: RCB to win.