Eoin Morgan, KL Rahul will be desperate to seal the fourth spot in the standings


Dubai: Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will fight in a virtual play-off to make it to the top four in the lone IPL fixture of the day at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

While the Eoin Morgan-led KKR shocked a high-flying Delhi Capitals by 59 runs on Saturday to stay in fourth spot, pushing them hard will be a resurgent Kings XI Punjab, who won their fifth game against SRH – and fourth in a row – to be in the fifth position. The turnaround in Punjab’s fortunes have been remarkable as they looked down and out even about weeks back – with luck smiling on them in crucial moments and the addition of Chris Gayle in their batting line-up adding a lot of value.

As the action shifts to the smaller venue of Sharjah where the wicket has slowed down over the past month, spinners will play a bigger role – with KKR having some edge in this department in terms of variety.


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