Kings XI Punjab (13/2 IPL Outright Winner) have given their IPL playoff hopes a major boost after earning an eight-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah Stadium on Monday.

The 2020 IPL campaign is drawing to a close and all eight franchises still have the opportunity to secure a spot in the season-ending playoffs.

KXIP have climbed into the top four at the expense of Kolkata Knight Riders following a comprehensive victory to make it five wins on the bounce.

KKR set a target of 149 after Shubman Gill (57) and Eoin Morgan (40) enjoyed a decent spell at the crease, although their playoff rivals made easy work in surpassing that total with an over to spare.

Mandeep Singh was the star of the show, finishing the day on 66 not out, while KL Rahul made 28 and Chris Gayle (pictured) reached 51 in 29 balls before his late dismissal.

After a positive start to the campaign, the Knight Riders have lost four of their last six games and are in danger of missing out on a playoff spot with just two matches left to play.

Tuesday’s action sees Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals square off at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Match Betting – Sunrisers Hyderabad 11/10, Delhi Capitals 8/11).

Delhi Capitals are under pressure to perform after losing back-to-back games but they still head into the clash sitting second.

Defeat for Sunrisers Hyderabad is likely to bring an end to their slim hopes of securing a top-four berth.

2019 champions Mumbai Indians sit top of the standings ahead of their next out against third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday (Match Betting – Mumbai Indians 4/5, Royal Challengers Bangalore EVS).

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