IPL 2018: KXIP vs KKR Preview

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In their last five matches, they have conceded more than 200 twice and more than 180 on one other occasion. Piyush Chawla has taken wickets but has been expensive, Narine has been threatening but teams have often chosen to play him out safely, while their fast bowlers have been taken apart.

Narine scored 75 off 36 balls hitting 9 fours and 4 sixes after being caught off by Rahul in Tye's spell. Narine too went past his half-century off just 26 balls.

Narine (1-44) bowled Rahul in the ninth over to ease any KKR nerves and Ashwin and Aaron Finch played their parts in getting Kings XI that much closer than Kolkata would have liked, the Knight Riders held on for an important win.

Chris Lynn was the first to lose his wicket in the 6th over in Tye's spell at score 27.

Losing their way after a bright start, KXIP, KKR clash to decide play-offs fate.

For KKR, West Indies' Javon Searles has come in place of Tom Curran, whereas Rinku Singh has been left out. The opening batsman seems to be on a mission, scoring 471 runs from 10 innings at an average of nearly 59 and a strike rate of 156. However the trouble has been a lack of contribution from other batsmen in the team.

KXIP bowling unit, has been top class.

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Russell put the expensive Axar Patel, whose four wicket-less overs went for 52, onto the roof in a 15th over that cost 19 runs and Karthik set about Mujeeb, who must have wished he had stayed off the field when he was taken for 21 in the 16th.

For Kolkata Knight Riders consistency has been the biggest issue throughout the tournament so far. Read also: IPL 2018, KKR VS MI: IPL marred by some horrendous umpiring decisions, nothing more freaky than Tom Curran's front-foot no-ball With 12 points from 10 games, KXIP are in a tricky situation.

The form of openers Sunil Narine and Chrius Lynn will be crucial for the away side. The middle-order has been a concern for us and that's why we brought in Finchy. Narine picked him in the ninth over, which made KKR the firm favourites. The RCB are now at the penultimate spot in the points table after managing to win just three of their 10 outings so far and need to win each of their remaining four games to stand any remote chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

The match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM IST.

KKR can not afford to lose Saturday's match in Indore.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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