IPL 2018: KKR vs KXIP, Apr 21, 18th IPL Match Preview & Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders have a chance to prove to their fans that they are capable of making it to the playoffs without Gautam Gambhir. The Knight Riders is slated to play Kings XI Punjab on 21 April 2018 at Eden Gardens. This exciting game will be the 18th match in 2018 VIVO IPL.

If you are a cricket lover and enjoy playing fantasy cricket, here are the match preview and prediction to help you out.

Match Preview

MatchKolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, 18th Match
DateSaturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 PM ( 10:30 AM GMT / 04:00 PM LOCAL )
VenueEden Gardens, Kolkata
Weather ForecastSunny

The Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab game will be played in Eden Gardens, the home ground of the Knight Riders. The ground’s lush outfield and batter-friendly pitch means that you will witness a run fest.

The Knight Riders is hoping to make it to the playoffs under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik while Kings XI Punjab is hoping to shed their moniker of perennial underachievers. It will be a tough match for both teams, but a lot depends on who wins the toss and elects to bat first.

Match Prediction

Both teams have a weak bowling side. So, the team with a weaker side will end up losing the game at Eden Gardens. Looking at each team, chances are high that Kings XI Punjab may end up on the losing side. Here is why this could happen on 21 April 2018:

  • Ashwin does not have the experience of captaining in T20.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders has a great batting side, with Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Cameron Delport, Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill

  • Dinesh Karthik, the KKR captain, is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsman in India.

  • While KKR’s pace bowling is weak, it has the spin trio of Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav.

  • Kings XI Punjab does not have another wicket-taking pacer to support Andrew Tye.


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