Both have been one-time semifinalists, both have seen the rise and descent. While Kings XI has been going down since 2008, KKR is rising in strength and performance. Head-to-head there is nothing to choose between them. Yet, KKR on paper is a stronger team.
They have shared the honours till 2010 with 3 victories each in last 6 matches between them. In every edition they have won one match each. Winning the only match played between them in 2011, KKR leads 4-3.
Head-to-Head: KKR 4, Kings XI 3
KXIP def KKR by 9 Runs
KKR def KXIP by 3 Wickets
- KKR def KXIP by 11 Runs
KXIP def KKR by 6 Wickets
- KKR def KXIP by 39 Runs
KXIP def KKR by 8 Wickets
- KKR def KXIP by 8 wickets
Both have reached the semifinals once, Kings XI in inaugural edition, and KKR in the last edition.
In 2008 KKR had 6 Win, 7 Losses, 1 No Result against DD. In 2009 they Won 3, Lost 10 and again had 1 No Result. In 2010 they had the best performance with 7 Wins and 7 Losses. In 2011, they won 8 and lost 7.
Kings XI has reached 2008 semifinals. They won 10 matches and lost 5. In 2009, Kings XI could not reach the semifinal and had even results, winning 7 and losing 7. 2010 saw their worst performance when they won 4 and lost 10. In 2011, they won 7 and lost 7.
KKR has one of the worst record with 26 Wins, 33 Losses and 2 No Result. Kings XI has won 29 matches and lost 31 before this match.
Who Will Win Today!!
KKR is the stronger team, but is struggling with the batting performance of their key players. Although, their bowling has been better than batting, it has not been consistent.
Kings XI on the other hand just tasted first victory of 2012 after two consecutive losses. They have a good captain, a good team also but the bowling appears very weak, specially with Piyush Chawla out of form with ball.
KKR should win the duel.