IPL 2018 match 44 KXIP VS KKR: Battle to upgrade from mid-table
IPL 2018 match 44 KXIP VS KKR: Battle to upgrade from mid-table

In the match number 44 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2018, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders will come up against each other. Both the teams have locked up in the mid-table battle for a playoff berth. The game will be played on the pitch of Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

Earlier in the VIVO IPL 2018, KXIP had 5 wins from 6 matches. However, the team has lost a bit of that momentum and fallen behind in the race. KXIP posts just one win in their last four matches. KKR have slipped to the bottom half of the table in this year tournament. The Dinesh Karthik-led team have not managed to carry forward momentum for more than two matches.

Both the teams, KXIP and KKR, have come off defeats in their previous matches. KXIP suffered at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, while KKR suffered a drubbing at the hands of their nemesis Mumbai Indians.

Team Head to Head:
--In the Indian Premier League, the overall matches being played in between KXIP VS KKR are 22 where Kings XI Punjab won 8 and Kolkata Knight Riders won 14 matches.
--Both the team earlier as well met in Kolkata where KXIP walked away with the two points after they got the better of the Knight Riders in a rain-affected encounter.

Match Preview:
In the seven Indian Premier League match played in Indore have been won by the team chasing. So far this season, teams have chased down 175 & 153, winning both matches quite convincingly.

Probable Eleven:
KXIP: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh / Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Rehman

KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav

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