Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet each other in match number 24 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. After five defeats from six games, KXIP are in need of a win and must bounce back. KKR, who beat CSK in the previous match, will be hoping to continue in the same vein against a depleted KXIP.

KKR saw Rahul Tripathi do well as an opener and he is set to keep his place. Sunil Narine can be used as a floater in the middle. Andre Russell is yet to fire with the bat and this serves as a perfect game for him to find his feet going.

KXIP have plenty of issues and the batting especially lacks substance. They are over-dependent on their openers and that’s a worry. Nicholas Pooran has been a source of strength and the southpaw needs support from the other end.

KXIP vs KKR: Dream11 team prediction

Batsmen: Nicholas Pooran, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill.

Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul (wk)

All-rounders: Andre Russell (vc)

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.

Rationale behind the Dream11 team

It’s a utility packed batting unit given the nature of pitches in UAE. Rahul leads this Dream11 side and is backed by the aggressive Nicholas Pooran. From KKR, Gill, Rana and Morgan fill up the slots.

Russell is the lone all-rounder. The bowling unit sees a packed one with Mavi and Chakravarthy representing KKR. Both have picked wickets. Shami, Arshdeep and Bishnoi are the other three bowlers who made the cut.

Probable starting XI

KXIP – KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.

KKR – Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.

Match prediction

KKR will get through a depleted KXIP unit.

Head-to-head record

In 25 meetings, KKR have won 17 to KXIP’s 8.

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