KKR vs PBKS Match Preview: The 45th match of IPL 2021 will have Punjab Kings (PBKS) take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday. Punjab Kings are currently languishing at sixth position on the points table with 4 wins in 11 matches. Their chances of making it into the playoffs are hanging by a thread.
For them to reach the playoffs, they ought to win all their remaining three matches. They are coming into the game on the back of a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians. Punjab Kings didn’t get off to a great start, with KL Rahul getting out on 21 off 22 balls. The likes of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, once again, got out early. Aiden Markram top-scored for them with 42 and helped them post 135 runs in the first innings.
The bowlers bowled brilliantly in the second innings. Ravi Bishnoi picked two wickets, while Shami and Ellis picked one apiece, however, the total was too little to defend. MI eventually chased down the score in 19 overs. Ahead of an important game against KKR on Friday, Punjab would be keen to come back to winning ways.
Facing them are Kolkata Knight Riders have made a great turnaround in the second leg of the tournament. In the last four matches, they have managed to win three games. They currently find themselves at fourth position on the points table with 5 wins in 11 matches. They won their last game against Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets.
A great bowling effort from the side restricted Delhi Capitals to 127 runs in the first innings. Ferguson, Iyer and Narine picked two wickets each. Kolkata Knight Riders lost seven wickets but eventually chased down the score in 18.2 overs. Nitish Rana starred for them with the bat, staying unbeaten at 36 off 27 balls.
Head to Head
Total – 28
Kolkata Knight Riders won – 19
Punjab Kings – 09
No result – 0
KKR vs PBKS Match Details
Match No.: 45
Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders & Punjab Kings
Match Date & Day: October 1, Friday
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Timing: 7:30 PM
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Disney+ Hotstar
KKR vs PBKS Predicted XI
KKR: Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson.
PBKS: KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Aiden Markram, Ravi Bishnoi, Fabian Allen.
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