Today’s match in the IPL sees the Kolkata Knight Riders travel to Mohali to take on the Kings XI Punjab, as the likely final league positions begin to take shape.
For the Kings XI the position is clear, to claim fourth place they must win their remaining three games and hope the Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their final game.
However, this will not be easy. They will be without their South African stars Hashim Amla and David Miller, who return to their national side, while Aussie all rounder Marcus Stoinis has dislocated his shoulder.
The Knight Riders have a greater ambition. A victory today would give them a strong chance of a top two position and an easier route through the playoffs.
KKR have had the better of the Kings XI over the history of the IPL, holding a 14-6 lead and winning the last eight clashes. We at Lap of the Odds expect this run to continue, and look for the man of the match to come from their ranks.
West Indian spin demon Sunil Narine has been a revelation since becoming a pinch hitter, and his dual role means the 9/1 for him to win the man of the match accolade offers value.
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