Sports Desk The 52nd match of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League will be played between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali from 8pm on Friday night. Kolkata and Punjab have 10-10 points in 12-12 matches. However, on the basis of Net Runrate, Kolkata is sixth and Punjab is at number 7.
Anyone who loses in this match will lose the chance of reaching the playoffs. In such a way, Kolkata and Punjab will try to continue their campaign in the tournament by winning the match. Punjab lost to Hyderabad by 45 runs in their previous match.
Kolkata have lost to Mumbai by 34 runs in their last match. This season, Punjab's home ground so far has a better record. He has played 5 matches this season in Mohali this year, in which he has managed to win 4. It will also benefit the domestic conditions in this match.
Talk about the clashes between Kolkata and Punjab in Mohali, the success rate of both of them is equal. So far 6 matches have been played between the two on this field. Both of these teams were successful in winning 3-3 matches. By the way, Kolkata defeated Punjab in Mohali on 9 May 2017.
Figures of the outcome of the IPL are in favor of Kolkata. There have been 24 matches between the two so far. Of these, Kolkata team has managed to win 16 matches. Punjab has just lost to Kolkata in just eight matches. This season, Kolkata also won the first match between the two teams.
If Kolkata is hoping to get better performance from Russell, then if Kolkata wants to rotate in Mohali, then Andre Russell will have to play a good innings again. Russell is the top scorer of the team with 486 runs in 12 matches so far. Apart from them, Nitish Rana, captain Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn also have to fulfill their responsibility.
There are many good players in the Punjab team too. Lokesh Rahul, who was selected in India's World Cup team, is in the best form. Caribbean batsmen Chris Gayle are also playing well. Rahul scored 5 fifties in 12 matches with 5 half centuries and one century, while Gayle has scored 448 runs in 11 matches.
Both the teams are Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubhaman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Joey Denly, Srikanth Munde, Sandeep Warrior, Famous Krishna, Lucky Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Casey Cariappa, Yara Prithviraj
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Puran (wicketkeeper), Mandeep Singh, Varun Chakraborty, Mujib ur Rahman, Andrew Toy, Ankit Rajput, Devil Miller, Sarfaraz Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Barar, Sam Kurn, Simran Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, Arshadeep Singh, Darshan Nalqande, Agnivesh Ayeychi.