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IPL 2018: Predicting where the 8 Franchises would finish on the Points Table

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123.37K   //    25 Mar 2018, 21:41 IST

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IPL 2018 is all set to begin and the fans of the league are eagerly waiting for their teams to get back in action. The one question that would be on every fan's mind is 'At what place would my team finish in the league'?

IPL has always proved to be an unpredictable tournament and it can be gauged from the fact that the league has had 6 different champions in the 10 seasons.

The prediction of the team's performance gets trickier due to the fact that the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are making a comeback into the league. This article would attempt to provide an answer to the question.


#8 Kolkata Knight Riders

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KKR have a weak middle order this season

Kolkata Knight Riders are a two-time championship winning side and are known for their tactical acumen. This time, though one has to say that the team management seems to have missed a trick or two in the Auction.

The bowling of KKR looks pretty good and there is no big problem there if all players were to regain their full fitness before the 8th of April. The batting strength of the team is an area of concern for Karthik as the middle order looks brittle.

The team would have to rely on the inexperienced Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana to support the captain in controlling the game in the middle overs which is a huge burden on the young shoulders of Gill and Rana.

The team's middle order issue will be sorted only if either of Rana or Gill step up or if KKR manages to find a new star in Ishank Jaggi or Apoorv Wankhade.

The team is also facing injury issues with a number of its top players and with Sunil Narine's participation in the IPL uncertain, it looks like the team will have a tough season.

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