IPL 2018, Eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals Match No . 58 at Eden Garden Kolkata

Eliminator 1st  of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). Who will win today’s IPL 2018 playoffs game?

Resurgent Rajasthan Royals will look to defy odds and upset 'home favourites' Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

KKR are the only team among the four knockout entrants to have got their matches in their own backyard. If they win the Eliminator, their Qualifier 2 will also be at the same venue on 25 May.

Kolkata Knight Riders Play off 2018 KKR vs RR at eden garden Kolkata

Besides having the home advantage, KKR will also start as favourites against depleted Royals who made the playoffs by the skin of their teeth.

Sans the services of in-form England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes, Rajasthan got past Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must-win last league engagement to make it to the knockouts.

Chennai Super Kings' five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab sealed Royals' place in the playoffs while Mumbai Indians also lost to Delhi Daredevils. Both Punjab and Mumbai were in the fray for the fourth playoff spot which went to Royals.

For KKR, a five-wicket triumph over Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured they finished third in the table.

When and where will the Eliminator, KKR vs RR, IPL 2018 match be played?

Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on Rajasthan Royals on 23 May, Wednesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Where can I watch the Eliminator, KKR vs RR clash LIVE?

The match will be broadcast live on television by Star Sports. It will be available on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports Select 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD.

What time will live coverage of the match start?

The match will start at 7 pm, while the coin toss will take place at 6.30 pm.

Where can I follow the match online?

The match will be streamed online on Hotstar.

A team that kinda struggled in the beginning of the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders were quick to repair their damages as they brought their season back on track. While Chris Lynn took time to get into his explosive form, it was youngster Nitish Rana who kept the team afloat with a few match-winning performances early on. Once the team found their rhythm, the experienced players such as Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell were all contributing as KKR found themselves in a comfortable position.

On the bowling side though, KKR wasn’t particularly impactful because key names such as Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav weren’t really effective. Although an exception can be made for Kuldeep Yadav, who spun a web the last time these two teams met, KKR’s bowlers were never really a force to reckon with.

Rajasthan Royals Playing IPL Play Off 2018 KKR vs RR

Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have never really displayed a performance that made spectators take notice. On the contrary, they have always been underperformers. With big money buys in Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat, Rajasthan Royals still had to depend on young Sanju Samson to take them over the finish line on multiple occasions.

Their batting mainly depended on Samson and captain Ajinkya Rahane while their bowling attack was wayward at times before young West Indian Jofra Archer inspired the team to victory later on in the tournament. Although Rajasthan Royals won their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they still needed Mumbai Indians as well as Kings XI Punjab to lose their respective games for them to secure qualification. Lady luck clearly played a part as Rajasthan became the fourth and became the final team to qualify for the playoffs.

IPL Match Predictions 2018: KKR vs RR

There is no doubt that the atmosphere will b electric at Eden Gardens when it comes to a game of this magnitude. While Kolkata Knight Riders will try to take advantage of being the home team, Rajasthan Royals are known for being so unpredictable and could easily snatch a victory.

For Rajasthan Royals, their key players will also be the costliest players in IPL 2018. KKR, on the other hand, would be hoping for some West Indian magic from Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. So sit back and enjoy the entertainment that comes with a typical playoff game as KKR lock horns with RR.

Although it is difficult to give a full IPL match prediction, it would perhaps be wise to put one’s money is on KKR just because they find themselves in a position that they have enjoyed in the past. Even popular betting site Bet365 goes with the home team with odds of 1:2 while Rajasthan Royals have odds of 13:8 stacked against them.

IPL 2018 Playoffs, Qualifier 1: SunRisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings In Battle For Spot In Final

SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings would both be keen to seal of final spot.

With the race for the IPL 2018 Playoffs having been settled on the most recent day of the association commitment, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would both be quick to close a billet in the Season11 last when they meet in IPL Qualifier 1 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday. SunRisers Hyderabad finished over the IPL 2018 Points Table despite the fact that they lost their last class commitment, while Chennai Super Kings completed second, by pursue rate they won their last association coordinate. Kane Williamson and MS Dhoni will lead two of the most effective groups in SRH and CSK and the match guarantees to be a significant challenge. 

IPL Play off Chennai super kings vs sunrisers hyderabad

While the victor cruises straight into the last slated for May 27, likewise at Mumbai, the washout will play Qualifier 2 in Kolkata on May 25. 

A slight net run-rate distinction isolated the two groups which completed the class arrange on 18 focuses. 

CSK appear to hold a slight edge going into the match as they have not just showed signs of improvement of their southern adversaries twice in the class phase of the opposition yet in addition have the triumphant force going into the match on what guarantees to be a bouncy track. 

While Chennai halted the desires of Kings XI Punjab by beating a troublesome begin the previous evening in their received home base of Pune, SRH have been on a three-diversion losing run, having fixed their play-off spot with a triumph on May 10 against Delhi Daredevils. 

They had by one means or another not possessed the capacity to assemble up the power appeared in the better of their association arrange crusade and to some degree their profoundly appraised knocking down some pins assault likewise looked offensive in the past three recreations. 

It was the Chennai Super Kings who stopped Sunrisers Hyderabad's six-amusement winning streak with a thorough eight-wicket drubbing on May 13 in Pune. 

SRH have depended absolutely on their skipper Kane Williamson, who has been in dynamite shape to ascend to the number two space in the main run-getters' rundown with 661 keeps running at a little more than 60 for each amusement. 

Just he and Shikhar Dhawan (437 runs), who set aside some opportunity to go ahead, have demonstrated consistency with the bat as opposed to their rocking the bowling alley assault which, excepting the last couple of recreations, has been the argument of the season. 

In knocking down some pins they have depended for the most part on seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sidharth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma and additionally on abroad spinners Rashid Khan and Shakib Al Hasan. 

The in addition to point for CSK, who have on the other hand blown hot and icy in their last six amusements, is that they have not relied upon only a few batsmen in spite of the fact that Ambati Rayudu has been their champion entertainer with 586 runs. 

Shane Watson (438 keeps running from 13 matches) too has been in top frame alongside captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The type of key batsman Suresh Raina, who tied down the innings wonderfully against Kings XI Punjab yesterday with an unbeaten 61, is another empowering sign. 

IPL 2018 Playoff : Chennai Super Kings Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

The remarkable spell of quick knocking down some pins by youthful South African Lungi Ngidi, who got 4 for 10 to take the man of the match grant the previous evening, couldn't have come at a more fortunate time for the Super Kings. 

With Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo doing their bit on the pace knocking down some pins front, Super Kings will rely upon turn twins Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja to convey in the center overs. 

A ladies' display amusement will occur at 2 pm before the night conflict with top Indian and remote players participating in the diversion. 

Playing Squad 

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey. 

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.

IPL 2018 : Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur in Match 53

RR vs RCB: Rajasthan Royals host Royal Challengers Bangalore in Jaipur in Match 53 of Indian Premier League.

It has been a massive comeback out of nowhere for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. Just when it looked the side will have another early exit from the tournament this season, RCB have sprung up to become a strong contender for the Playoffs. With three straight victories in three games, the side have found a new lease of life in the tournament and have emerged as the side that can take spoil celebrations for other teams hoping to finish in the top four. RCB are currently in the fourth position with 12 points and need a win to almost seal their entry in the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals, though, need to win for the same reason, and will challenge them for a spot in the top four. 

Ipl Matches Virat Kohli , AB de Villiers

In a do-or-die match, Rajasthan Royals will clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both teams need a win to survive in the tournament. But while Virat Kohli's RCB are flying at the moment with three big victories on the trot, Rajasthan Royals are in trouble with the in-form batsman Jos Buttler, leaving for England, RR will be without him and will have to depend on the rest of the batting line up to fire.

Rajasthan Royals Player Ben Stokes

Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore match is a knockout - plain and simple. It's do or die. The team that wins stays in the tournament. The team that loses is out. The stakes are high. Who will win this challenge? Only time will tell. 

IPL 2018 : Predicted playing 11 for the match between Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings

IPL 2018 Live, DD vs CSK: Delhi Daredevils will be playing for pride as they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Delhi Daredevils have Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday with the two sides destinies fixed. Chennai Super Kings have 16 focuses from the 12 matches they have played up until now and are second on the focuses table. They are in this way one of the two groups, the other being Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have met all requirements for the playoffs. Delhi Daredevils, then again, have had another disillusioning season and are base of the table with six focuses from their 12 matches. RCB beating SRH on Thursday has likewise made it unthinkable for Delhi to get up from the base of the table.

DD Vs CSK live Match Score from Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium delhi

Predicted Playing XIs

Delhi Daredevils: Prithvi Shaw, Colin Munro/Gautam Gambhir, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Shahbaz Nadeem.

Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi

It has been a rather strange season for the Delhi Daredevils. On the one hand, they have had a miserable win-loss ratio this season - they have won just three of the 12 matches they have played thus far - and will finish the season as wooden spooners once again. On the other hand, they have found a group of young batsmen in Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw around whom they can build a team in the future. For now, it this and the next game serve little purpose other than restoring some pride.

IPL 2018 : Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL Match No. 51

IPL 2018: RCB v/s SRH Preview and Prediction

Their odds of influencing the playoffs to in any case hanging by a string, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will go up against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in another must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) experience, in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The continuous triumphs over Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab have resuscitated RCB's expectations, while SRH has been having some fantastic luck, having won nine matches out of 12. RCB are as yet grieving at the second keep going position on the table, while SRH are over the table with 18 focuses.

Virat Kohli's RCB has persevered through an intense season, having lost seven of its 12 coordinates up until now yet the current turnaround has revived any expectations of a conceivable shot at the playoffs billet gave some different outcomes go the group's way. The hosts are obviously dependant on Kohli and South African swashbuckler A B De Villiers.

The two have joined to score about portion of RCB's aggregate runs this season yet the side needs greater commitments from any semblance of Moeen Ali and Corey Anderson. In superior shape, Kohli has been a champion entertainer with 514 keeps running from 12 recreations. De Villiers (358 runs) is alongside him, in spite of the fact that he has played two recreations not as much as the Indian. On the knocking down some pins front pacer Umesh Yadav has conveyed for the group, taking 17 wickets up until this point.


SRH, then again, depend a considerable amount on opener Shikhar Dhawan (369 runs) and captain Kane Williamson (544 runs) for motivation. Williamson has been a sharp pioneer, who might hope to combine the group's best spot and guarantee a best two complete toward the finish of the class organize.

Aside from Dhawan and Williamson, Yusuf Pathan (186), Manish Pandey (189) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (166) have likewise contributed at crunch circumstances for SRH. In any case, what has been genuinely remarkable for SRH is their assorted rocking the bowling alley assault. The bowlers, drove by India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8), have been fantastic.

Bhuvneshwar has been moved down eminently by Siddharth Kaul (13 wickets), Sandeep Sharma (8), leg-spinner Rashid Khan (13) and Shakib-Al-Hasan (12). Given their steady run, SRH would be relied upon to pull it off on Thursday however RCB, having rediscovered some shape, may very well spring an amazement.

Playing Squad :

RCB Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.

SRH Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma.

Mumbai Indians (MI) probable playing XI against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

Mumbai Indians play Kings XI in one of the most important matches of this IPL season

In a standout amongst the most vital conflicts of this present seasons' Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians welcome Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede. While KXIP have a reasonable way forward - win both the rest of the matches and fit the bill for playoffs, Mumbai don't know of a compartment regardless of whether they go ahead to win both of theirs. 

Additionally, a thrashing today around evening time would fill in as a knockout punch for both the sides. In this manner, in the development to such a high-voltage conflict, both the research organizations would work additional opportunity to guarantee they get the mix right today. 

Here's the means by which Mumbai may arrange against Kings XI Punjab. 

MI vs KXIP IPL Todays Match

Evin Lewis: The West Indian opener hasn't had an awesome presentation season in the money rich T20 class. Be that as it may, he has still figured out how to score more than 300 runs and has given Mumbai some strong begins. 

Suryakumar Yadav: The ploy to send the Mumbaikar to open the innings has worked ponders for the Rohit Sharma-drove side and the youth has scored 473 keeps running in 12 matches, driving MI's run-scoring diagram. 

Rohit Sharma: The captain of the side has been grim this season. 267 keeps running in 12 innings don't do equity to the gauge of Indian opener. Rohit would need to advance up in a crunch match and take Mumbai through. 

JP Duminy: The South African every single rounder wa drafted in the side after rehashed disappointments of Kieron Pollard. Duminy, notwithstanding, hasn't had enough opportunities to substantiate himself and isn't sure of his batting position yet. 

Ishan Kishan: The adolescent has been utilized as a floater in the batting line up and thus, hasn't possessed the capacity to discover the musicality expected to go ahead. Kishan has 250 keeps running in 12 matches. 

Hardik Pandya: The Indian every single rounder ha had an inversion in fortunes and after below average trips in the previous piece of the competition, the more youthful of Pandya siblings has quieted every one of his skeptics. He has 224 runs and 18 wickets to appear for in 12 matches - effortlessly outstanding amongst other entertainers of this season. 

Krunal Pandya: One of the three hard-hitting finishers in the group, Krunal has scored 192 keeps running in 12 matches. His best however has accompanied the ball, 11 wickets at an economy of 6.93. Rohit would need him to come great with the ball once more, particularly against any semblance of Gayle and Rahul. 

Ben Cutting: The Australian every rounder ha played only four innings, in which he has 55 hurries to appear for. Cutting has packed away two or three wickets too and would keep assuming the finisher's part for MI. 

Mitchell McClenaghan: After going unsold in the closeout, McClenaghan was restricted in by MI after they lost Pat Cummins to damage. The Kiwi has reimbursed the confidence appeared in him by the group administration and has packed away 12 wickets in 10 matches. 

Mayank Markande: The adolescent began the competition in style and was at one time the Purple Cap holder. Be that as it may, the batsmen appeared to have lifted him up as of late. Markande has 14 wickets in 12 matches, still praiseworthy for a 20-year-old playing his first IPL. 

Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah was required to be one of the best wicket-takers of the competition. The Indian pacer, in any case, has 13 wickets in 12 matches to appear for. His economy of 7.13 however demonstrates why he's viewed as extraordinary compared to other T20 bowlers going around.

KKR vs RR in IPL Match 49 at Eden Gardens kolkata

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Live IPL Match Today at Eden Gardens Kolkata

Two IPL 2018 Playoffs spots are remaining and there are five groups competing for those. Two of them, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, conflict against each other on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens. Knight Riders have the Royals and this will be a wafer of a diversion. Knight Riders appear to have gotten their energy back and for Royals, they have won their past three recreations and are fourth in the IPL 2018 Points Table. Jos Buttler is the fundamental purpose behind the uprise late in the competition. Be that as it may, they have to perform by and by against Kolkata as Eden Gardens will support the home group. KKR would be upbeat to see Sunil Narine discover his batting magic back and furthermore how Dinesh Karthik is performing.

The encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals is extremely crucial with both teams up for a Playoff spot contention. After KXIP's heavy loss against RCB, KKR have climbed to the third position with a better NET RUN RATE than both RR and KXIP, with 12 points. While RR are at the 4th position with same points. 

IPL Live Score 2018 KKR versus RR: A light Kolkata Knight Riders will bolt horns with an energized Rajasthan Royals in a fight for survival at the Indian Premier League T20 competition at Eden Gardens on Tuesday. Their destiny hanging in adjust, a misfortune in the penultimate class round match may for all intents and purposes sound the demise chime for one of the two groups. 

It's a frantic scramble for the two accessible play-off billets with five groups including KKR and RR, who are tied on 12 focuses, staying in the chase. To make the opposition stiffer, both the groups have gotten late force in the business end of the competition. 

KKR vs RR at eden garden Kolkata

Down after consecutive annihilations, KKR ricocheted back with a blast, posting the fourth most elevated aggregate of the IPL - 245/6 - to down Kings XI Punjab by 31 keeps running in their last match. 

From being very nearly disposal, RR too have come back to the retribution with a cap trap of wins, on account of the imperious frame appeared by Jos Buttler who was decreed man-of-the-coordinate in all the three triumphs. 

The RR opener struck an unbeaten 94 to seal a simple seven-wicket prevail upon Mumbai Indians the previous evening. This was the English wicketkeeper-batsman's fifth back to back 50 years - an IPL record together held with Virender Sehwag. 

His scores in the last five innings read 67, 51, 82, 95*, 94* and Buttler alongside allrounder Ben Stokes, who has played in various positions in the batting request, will be the two noteworthy dangers for KKR.

Both KKR and RR will be desperate to get a win and move closer to a playoff spot. Both teams have great firepower in their batting line-up and it may eventually come down who bowls better and handles the pressure better.

Hence, as they possess some great firepower in both the departments (batting and bowling), the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR who will be playing their final league game at home seem favourites at the moment.

KKR also comprehensively beat the Ajinkya Rahane-led side earlier in the tournament. But RR can’t be counted out as they have momentum on their side and they are coming into this game with great confidence as well.
IPL 2018 : Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match No. 48 at Holkar Stadium Pune

IPL 2018 : Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match No. 48 at Holkar Stadium Pune

Virat Kohli’s RCB need to win each of their remaining three games to stand a chance to qualify for the playoffs

Rulers XI Punjab (KXIP) have the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday. The last time these two groups met in Bangalore, RCB got their first win of the season, on account of a fabulous rocking the bowling alley exertion constraining KXIP to 155. The RCB batsmen drove by de Kock (45) and de Villiers (57) pursued down the objective with four wickets to  save. 

RCB come into this amusement on the back of a confidence boosting win against the Delhi Daredevils. Delhi riding on Rishabh Pant's 61 off 34 balls and debutant Abhishek Sharma's unbeaten 46 off 19 presented 181 for RCB on pursue. 

Subsequent to losing their openers early, Kohli (70) and de Villiers (72 not out) hung together a 118-run organization removing the diversion from Delhi, as RCB won by 5 wickets. 

KXIP saw their third place position on the table debilitated after a thrashing to Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata supported by Narine's 75, Karthik's 50 and Russell's 31 posted a mammoth aggregate of 245, the most astounding in the IPL this season. Russell at that point got three wickets as the Knight Riders limited KXIP to only 214/8 of every 20 overs, winning by 31 runs.

IPL 2018 : Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Feroz Shah Kotla

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live at Feroz Shah Kotla in Match 45 of Indian Premier League.

Delhi Daredevils will host Royal Challengers Bangalore today. After facing a thumping defeat against the Surisers Hyderabad, DD have been knocked out of the tournament. For RCB, this is a must-win game for them too as they would be shown the exit gate if they lose another game. Virat Kohli will play at his home ground against DD. RCB, who have just three wins from 10 games, have to win their remaining four games to have any chance of making the play-offs. With the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum in their squad, the Bangalore franchise will once again bank upon their batting strength.

Delhi Daredevils Squad  Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Prithvi Shaw, Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Liam Plunkett, Amit Mishra, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Nadeem, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Junior Dala

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Manan Vohra, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Murugan Ashwin, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Negi, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande

IPL 2018 : Kolkata Knight riders vs Kings XI punjab

KKR is placed at the 5th position on Vivo IPL points table and will bat first against Kings XI Punjab at Holkar Stadium

In the 44th match of Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) Ravichandran Ashwin's Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) won the toss and invited Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to bat first at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. 

Dinesh Karthick KKR Captain

Here are the squads for both the team:

Kings XI Punjab playing XI for today's match: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI for today's match: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav

With 10 points from 11 games, KKR are placed at the 5th position on the Vivo IPL points table and today's IPL match will be a must-win encounter for Dinesh Karthik and his men if they want to keep their playoff chances alive.