Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Match 24 of IPL 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The two teams have faced each other 25 times in the IPL so far, with KKR holding a 17-8 head-to-head win/loss record over KXIP.
An inconsistent middle-order has been an area of concern for Kolkata Knight Riders in this edition of the Indian Premier League. When it takes on an under-fire Kings XI Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, the spotlight will be on Andre Russell and skipper Dinesh Karthik.
After struggling to get its opening combination right in the first four games, the Knight Riders seem to have finally found a right pair in Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi – who proved his mettle with a gritty 81 off just 51 deliveries against Chennai Super Kings.
Squads (Predicted XI)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine/Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Prabhsimran Singh/Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Match No 24 – Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi