Kolkata Knight Riders, the most successful team of IPL 2017, is going to compete with Kings XI Punjab team in 49th match of ongoing Indian Premier League. The two times champions team is set to clash with Punjabi team at Punjab Cricket Association stadium situated in Mohali. The match is scheduled to commence at 8:00 PM on 9th May 2017.
This will be 13th game for KKR while KXIP will be playing its 12th match in this season of IPL tournament. Kolkata’s team is in safer zone as it holds second rank in IPL 2017 points table. KXIP secures fifth position in the same table and needs to win the remaining matches so as to confirm its selection for the playoffs. Presently, the net run rate of KXIP is +0.242.
On other side, Gautam Gambhir led KKR has +0.858 net run rate. Captained by Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell, IPL team KXIP performed superbly in the initial stage of the tournament. The team lost its momentum after first two games. Out of eleven matches, the team lost six games and won five matches. KKR won 8 games out of 12 matches and earned 16 points.
Both team have defeated powerful Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous matches. KKR has already made its position confirm in the playoffs while KXIP requires to clinch victories in the upcoming matches (including today’s game) so as to get an entry into the qualifiers matches, which will be played before the final game.