This game has a lot riding on it for both teams as Kolkata holds the final playoff spot at the minute with 12 points from their 11 matches, while Kings XI Punjab trails them by just two points.
With only three games left to play this season, we would be very surprised if we didn’t see one of these two sides into the semis, however, we somewhat doubt it will be both.
KKR beat the Delhi Capitals at the weekend by a comfy 59 run margin thanks to impressive batting from Natish Rana and Sunril Narine and a five-wicket haul from Varun Chakravarthy.
As impressive as that performance was though, a total of just 84 against Royal Challengers Bangalore prior to that leaves a lot of concerns over their consistency.
The same can’t be said for Kings XI, who made it four wins on the bounce at the weekend after they defended their relatively poor 126 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
What makes that recent run even more impressive is that they beat three of the four teams above them in the table and they’ll want to continue their charge for the playoffs.
Kings XI Most Sixes
The market we like most for this encounter is Kings XI to have the most sixes. Indeed, they’ve already hit as many as 73 this tournament compared to Kolkata’s 61, while both Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul have hit 20 or more already.
Eoin Morgan heads that list for the Knight Riders with his 16, double as many as any of his teammates, and on the shorter boundaries, it looks a great bet.