Kolkata Knight Riders host Rising Pune Supergiants in today’s IPL fixture. Both the teams are playoffs hopefuls. The result of this match could determine their position in the final points table.
For the uninitiated, it matters. If a team finishes in the top two positions in the league, it will get a definite advantage in the playoffs. The first two teams in the points table will meet in the playoffs. The winner will go straight to the final. The loser will get one more chance. They will meet the winner of the other playoffs match – between the third and fourth placed teams in the points table.
Therein lies the importance of this match. Both the teams will want to win this. This is going to be a tough fixture. Supergiant are really rising, having won five of their last six matches. And KKR are perhaps the most consistent team in this IPL. Here is our preview.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Preview
They lost their last match, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, by 48 runs. That is only their third loss in 10 matches. At home, they have lost only one match – against the table toppers Mumbai. The pitch in Eden Gardens seems to be favoring pace bowlers. Kolkata’s battery of pacers – Chris Woakes, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav – have exploited the conditions well.
Pune Supergiant boast of some good players of pace bowling: the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni. KKR may be looking to strengthen their spin-bowling department too, by bringing in Shakib Al Hasan along with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav. KKR have no obvious weaknesses. For online betting, when in doubt, go with Knightriders.
Rising Pune Supergiant
They are in good form. Their batting has always been strong. But now their bowling too has been improving. Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir were their only reliable bowlers at the start of the tournament. Now you can add the offspinner Washington Sundar and speedster Jaydev Unadkat to that list. The team looks good to reach the playoffs stage. However, beating KKR in Kolkata is a different proposition.
Our prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to edge out Rising Pune Supergiant.
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