The Norwegian finished 12th but his points total of 1317 now ensures he only needs a solitary point in the final event to clinch the title in the race for the crystal globe.
Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer and Andreas Kofler placed fifth and sixth to see Kofler drop out of mathematical contention and Schlierenzauer fail to put real pressure on Bardal.
Only Schlierenzauer winning in the final jump in Planica with Bardal failing to place would see the World Cup head to Austria.
But Kranjec was the star of the day as his opening jump of 227.5m set the tone before following it up with a 215m distance to claim victory with 434.3 points.
Last season’s World Cup runner-up Simon Ammann pushed Kranjec hard with distances of 212m and 222m to record 423.4 points but couldn’t overhaul the Olympic bronze medallist.
Martin Koch put in another excellent performance after his win in Oslo to come in third with 418.6 points and round off the podium.
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- Gregor Schlierenzauer
- Andreas Kofler