PBKS vs KKR: After breaking their three-match losing streak in the previous encounter against Mumbai Indians, the Punjab Kings will now be aiming to maintain their winning momentum against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 21st Match of the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Punjab’s batting line-up seems strong and captain KL Rahul is one of the players who have consistently done well for the team, scoring an unbeaten 60 against Mumbai and playing a key role in the team’s victory which was his third half-century in five matches. Opener Mayank Agarwal is also in good form, while Universe boss Chris Gayle has also hinted at his return to form by playing an unbeaten knock of 43 against Mumbai Indians. Ravi Bishnoi, who played his first match of the season on Friday looked in great touch as well as he picked up 2 wickets while conceding only 21 runs in his 4 overs.
However, the middle order of Punjab Kings needs to play some more sensible cricket. They have to spend more time on crease instead of giving up their wickets by playing some irresponsible shots. Their management needs to think more about West Indian, Nicholas Pooran’s form, who has so far failed with the bat. He managed only nine runs in four innings and failed to open the account in three matches.
Nevertheless, with momentum on their side, the Punjab Kings will ideally fancy a win as they look to sustain their challenge for an IPL 2021 playoff spot.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, are having a disappointing campaign in IPL 2021 so far. Although they began their season with a decent win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Knight Riders have since lost four games back to back.
The top order of the team – Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, and Rahul Tripathi has been inconsistent in the previous matches they played. While their captain Eoin Morgan has so far failed with the bat. The onus will be on Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins to deliver the goods with the bat if Kolkata have to return to winning ways.
Their bowlers also need to come up with better performances if they have to win against a team which has solid batting line up. Given the conditions in Ahmedabad, Kolkata will need the likes of Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy and possibly Lockie Ferguson to fire big time in what is a crucial game for the former IPL champions.
PBKS vs KKR Match Details
- Match: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 21
- Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
- Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
PBKS vs KKR Weather & Pitch Report
As witnessed in the series between Indian and England last month, a decent batting track beckons at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. However, the pitch looks to be on the slower side with some ample swing available for bowlers too.
We can also expect some high scoring matches at the venue, considering the dimensions of the ground. Change of pace will be key for the fast bowlers. Powerplay overs will yet again be crucial, given the field restrictions. The track isn’t expected to change nature and therefore batting second should be the way forward.
It will be the hit evening in Ahmedabad with the temperature hovering around 32 to 37 degree Celsius. The skies will be clear and hence there are no chances of precipitation and humidity will be around 15 per cent.
PBKS vs KKR Head-to-Head
Punjab Kings & Kolkata Knight Riders Form
Punjab Kings Form
Kolkata Knight Riders Form
PBKS vs KKR Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Bench: Riley Meredith, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Prabhsimran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Harpreet Brar, Dawid Malan, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Saurabh Kumar.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi.
Bench: Ben Cutting, Sheldon Jackson, Lockie Ferguson, Shakib Al Hasan, Sandeep Warrier, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Tim Seifert, Karun Nair, Vaibhav Arora, Kuldeep Yadav.
Match Predictions For Match 21 – PBKS vs KKR
If Punjab Kings Bowl First
- KKR Powerplay Score: 40-50
- KKR Overall Score: 160-180
Punjab Kings wins the match.
If Kolkata Knight Riders Bowl First
- PBKS Powerplay Score: 45-55
- PBKS Overall Score: 165-185
Kolkata Knight Riders win the match.
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