Bengaluru, Oct. 26: After getting their campaign back on track with four wins on the trot, the Kings XI Punjab will take on a resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 46 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday.
In a mid-table clash at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the KL Rahul-led Punjab side will hope to carry on their momentum against the Knight Riders in a must-win clash.
Currently the KXIP are placed fifth on the points table, having won five games from eleven matches. Meanwhile, the Eoin Morgan-led Knight Riders are placed a rung above them on the points table, as they occupy the fourth spot, with 12 points from eleven matches.
With the race for the playoffs heating up a win is of utmost importance for both sides on Monday. If the Punjab side win it will elevate them to the top four, while a win for KKR will take them to 14 points and the Kolkata side will be on equal points as the top three teams in the tournament.
After getting their season back on track, the KXIP must win all their games to keep their playoff chances alive. Meanwhile, the Kolkata team will want to carry on their winning momentum after their convincing win over the Delhi Capitals.
The Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab have faced each other 26 times in the tournament and the Kolkata side holds a massive edge over Punjab as they have won 18 times, while KXIP have only won on eight occasions.
Here, mykhel brings you the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab match updates:
Kings XI Punjab defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets and climb to the fourth spot on the table
OUT! Prasidh Krishna picks up Gayle at short third man. The damage is done though as Gayle goes for 51 off 29
100 comes up from the partnership off 61
SIX!! A maximum to finish the over. Just three needed to win off 12 balls
FOUR! Mandeep times it well as he puts it away for four
Chris Gayle brings up his half-century off 25 deliveries. 30th IPL half-century for the Universe boss.
FOUR-SIX! Gayle hammering Ferguson
Mandeep Singh scores his 6th IPL half-century off 49 deliveries. Emotional moment for Mandeep as he dedicates his 50 to his father whom he lost a few days ago. An important knock for Mandeep
FOUR! Mandeep Singh pulls it to deep midwicket for a boundary
Kings XI Punjab need 37 off 30 to win
9 comes off Chakravarthy's final over
Four to begin Varun Chakravarthy's last over
FOUR! Mandeep times it well as he puts it away for a boundary. Eight runs come off Ferguson's over
SIX! Gayle pulls it over wide long-on. The West Indian is single-handedly taking the game away from the Knight Riders. KXIP need 54 off 42.
FOUR more! This time its Gayle who gets the boundary off Ferguson. 10 runs come off Ferguson's over
FOUR! Mandeep hits Ferguson for a boundary on the first delivery
Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack now
SIX to finish Narine's over. Gayle looks like he wants to finish this off quickly.
SIX more! Back-to-back maximums from Gayle
SIX! And the Universe Boss settles in with a maximum as he whacks Chakravarthy over long on
FOUR! Mandeep Singh finds the boundary
Gayle is the new man in
OUT!! KL Rahul ponders on whether to review it but he doesn't waste the review. Rahul goes for 28 off 25
Powerplay ends. 36 runs come off the powerplay
Good over from Chakravarthy as he gives away just two runs
Varun Chakravarthy comes into the attack
Good over for KXIP as Cummins leaks 13 runs
FOUR! Mandeep is picking on Cummins as he finds the second boundary off the over
Run out appeal but Singh is back in time
SIX!! Cummins hammered for a maximum as Mandeep pulls it over midwicket
Two boundaries to begin Prasidh's over
FOUR! Pressure on Prasidh as Rahul sends away the first ball for a boundary
Mis-hit and he just clears mid-off as Lockie Ferguson isn't able to get to it. Mandeep Singh's safe
Good over from Prasidh Krishna as just four runs come off the over
Five runs come off the first over
FOUR! Rahul finds the boundary on the first delivery
A dot to end the innings. Kolkata Knight Riders post 149/9
OUT! Varun Chakravarthy goes for 2 off 4.
9 runs come off Shami's final over. Jordan to bowl the last over
SIX!! Ferguson taking over the reigns
OUT!! And Shami strikes to pick up the important wicket of Shubman Gill. Nicholas Pooran takes an easy catch at deep midwicket
Good over for Knights as 11 runs come off it
Back-to-back FOURs! Ferguson picks up two important boundaries off Jordan
Good over for KKR as 10 runs come off Ashwin's final over
Ashwin in for his final over
Ferguson in. Four overs to go
OUT! And Bishnoi gets him this time. Cummins goes for 1 off 8. KKR seven wickets down
KXIP lose the review as Cummins is safe
Big appeal. Not given and Rahul reviews it
Bishnoi in for his last over
Excellent over from Ashwin as he picks up a wicket and gives away just one run
Pat Cummins the new batsman in
OUT! And Nagarkoti's painfully slow innings come to as end
Shubman Gill brings up his 7th IPL fifty off 37 deliveries. An important knock from the KKR opener.
Another good over for KXIP as two runs come off it
The game has swung both ways and the ball is in Punjab's court once again as the bowlers put the brakes on the Knights
Good over from Bishnoi as four runs come off it
Bishnoi back for his second over, Nagarkoti the new batsman in
WICKET! Slow ball and Narine drags it. An important wicket from Jordan as Narine goes for 6 off 4
Four! Sunil Narine sends this over the keeper's head
Sunil Narine is the new batsman in
Morgan and Gill's 81 run partnership came to an end. An important innings from the captain after KKR lost three quick wickets in the first two overs
OUT!! Big big wicket as Morgan goes for 40 off 25. The captain's blistering innings come to an end as he is caught by Ashwin at deep backward square leg. Bishnoi picks up the important wicket.
SIX!! Gill clears long on
Ravi Bishnoi comes into the attack. KXIP need to break the partnership
A welcome quiet over for KXIP as Jordan gives away only two runs
Chris Jordan into the attack now
SIX! Gill sends it over wide long on as it goes out of the stadium again to end the over with a maximum. 14 runs come off Ashwin's over
SIX!! Morgan sends it over the ropes and Maxwell goes looking for it. The captain is in rampaging form as he clears long on for a maximum
M Ashwin into the attack now
SIX to end the over as 12 runs come off Maxwell's over. What a recovery from the Knight Riders as Morgan's playing a superb innings and leading the Knight's innings from the front
FOUR! Morgan sends Maxwell over extra cover for a boundary. 50 comes up from the partnership off 29 deliveries.
Powerplay ends. After losing the early wickets, captain Morgan and Gill have recovered KKR's innings as 54 comes up from the powerplay for three wickets
Back-to-back sixes from Gill. The KKR duo punished Shami this over as 21 runs come off Shami's third over.
FOUR more! The KKR skipper punishing Shami now. Morgan sends this wide of point
FOUR to begin Shami's over. Morgan keeps the scoreboard ticking as he sends it over mid-on
10 runs come off Arshdeep's over
FOUR! Morgan steadying the ship after the early wickets
FOUR! Morgan cuts it over point. A welcome boundary. Five runs come off Shami's second over
Eight comes off the third over. After losing wickets in the first two overs, Morgan, Gill will be relieved with Arshdeep's over.
FOUR! Shubman Gill hits Arshdeep for four on the first delivery. Eoin Morgan the new batsman in
KKR lose the review as Dinesh Karthik goes for 0. KKR at 10/3 in two overs. Phenomenal start from KXIP.
Big appeal for out and its given. But Dinesh Karthik reviews it immediately.
OUT!! Great start from KXIP. Two overs and two wickets. Shami picks up a wicket this time as Rahul Tripathi is caught behind by KL Rahul. Tripathi goes for 7 as KKR is reduced to 10/2
Shami into the attack now. A dot to begin the over
9 runs came off the first over after KKR lost Rana early
SIX!! Tripathi hammers Maxwell for the first maximum of the night
Rahul Tripathi the new batsman in
OUT! Maxwell strikes early to remove Nitish Rana on the second ball of the match. Big wicket for KXIP as Gayle picks up Rana at short fine leg. Rana goes for 0 off 1
A single to begin
Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana set to open. Glenn Maxwell handed the new ball
Play set to get underway at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. According to the experts the pitch is back to being a batting beauty. Another high-scoring match on the cards tonight?
After choosing to chase, Punjab skipper, KL Rahul said that the team liked chasing and also of late there has been dew around. KKR captain Eoin Morgan would have also chosen to bowl first due to the dew factor.
Playing XI: Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c&wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Playing XI: Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Kings XI Punjab win the toss and opt to bowl first
An hour to go for the toss of the 46th match of the season at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. A win is a must for KXIP to keep their hopes alive, while KKR will look to strengthen their chances. What will the captains want to opt for after winning the toss at Sharjah?
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After getting their campaign back on track with four back-to-back wins, the KL Rahul-led side will take on a rejuvenated Eoin Morgan-led side in a must win clash of the 13th edition.
In match number 46 of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Kings XI Punjab will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.