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KKR Vs PBKS: Wavering Knights, Kings Eye Crucial Points To Stay Alive In Playoffs Race

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Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are staring at a possible elimination and would be looking to collect the points to keep their chances alive.

Two- time champion Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to continue its winning run when it takes on Punjab lords in a virtual battle of survival in an IPL 2023 match at the Eden auditoriums in Kolkata on Monday.

Having won a close battle against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the former spin, KKR will be keen to use it as an alleviation to maintain the instigation at home.

Both sides are gaping at a possible elimination and would be looking to collect the points to keep their chances alive. Punjab lords is in a better situation considering its two- point advantage in the league table leaving the host with the job of catching up. Punjab lords has 10 points from as numerous matches and is placed seventh in the table while KKR is positioned a pealed below with eight points from its 10 jaunts.

Triumphs have been an occasional chapter in KKR’s progress so far as the platoon managed to win two at home and doubly as a caller to slide down to the eighth spot. With just four matches remaining in the league phase, KKR’s trainer Chandrakant Pandit will have to find out the right form that would help the side find success more constantly.

Punjab lords under the leadership of Shikhar Dhawan will also be coming out hard as it looks to recapture form after losing its former match against Mumbai Indians.

With four games to go for Kolkata Knight Riders, they’re in must- palm home if they’re to finish on 16 points- that was the magic number last season for a top- four finish, so it’s likely palm or bust for Nitish Rana’s side.

Punjab lords have a little further breathing room- indeed with one further defeat they can get to 16, but that is about all the periphery for error they have. However, also lords need to win at Eden Gardens- and in a satisfying manner too, to boost their poor net run rate, If they do not want to follow KKR into do- or- die home.

That’s veritably much a possibility for lords, however, with down brigades enjoying success at Eden auditoriums this season. KKR haven’t won at home in their last three matches and, indeed if their openers Jason Roy and Rahmanullah Gurbaz are in moderate form, their top order is a major weakness.

Kings’ middle order, led by Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma, has the goods to beget extreme damage at Eden auditoriums, and pound- for- pound give as important trouble as Rana, Rinku Singh and Andre Russell. They’ll just have to be cautious of the peril Varun Chakravarthy and Suyash Sharmapose. However, lords will be favourites to decide the hassle, despite the fact that they have blown hot and cold themselves they’ve not won two games in a row since their first two this season, If they navigate that successfully.

Ellis is skiddy and has a knack of taking lattices across all phases, with three raniums all in the powerplay, the middle, and the death this season. His powerplay frugality of6.8 in six innings is stunning, and so he could start ahead of Rabada. But lords will also have in mind that Rabada’s redundant pace and incisive short balls could trouble KKR’s Indian batters and Russell and Sunil Narine. Kings could also add a batter- cum- incentive option by bringing Sikandar Raza in for Matthew Short.

Knight Riders are likely to stick with the same fur order and spin group. How the Indian cleft line up is anyone’s conjecture however, with two of Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana and Umesh Yadav anticipated to start. Johnson Charles, who was roped in as Litton Das’ relief, has linked up with the KKR platoon, but it remains unclear whether he’ll be available for selection for Monday’s game. Neither side has injury enterprises. Know More IPL News…

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