KKR vs PBKS: The 45th match of the IPL 2021 will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings for the second time on 1st October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders is turning out to be a happy side after claiming victories in three of the four matches they played in UAE. Their only defeat came against Chennai Super Kings in the second phase of the IPL 2021. Overall they have won five of their eleven league stage games and are currently placed at the fourth spot in the points table. They are coming into this match on the back off 3 wickets victory against Delhi Capitals.
Punjab Kings, on the other hand, is repeating what they have been doing for years. They are trying too many combinations and are lacking consistency. They have won four of their eleven matches. They are currently sitting at the sixth spot in the points table with 8 points in their kitty. They lost to Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter by 6 wickets. It’s a must-win game for them and it will be interesting to see who they will bring in the top with Chris Gayle being ruled out of the remaining phase of the tournament.
KKR vs PBKS Match Details
- Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Match 45
- Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
- Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
KKR vs PBKS Weather & Pitch Report
This pitch favours batsmen more than bowlers. Batting first and putting runs on board could be the mantra for winning on this pitch. As the game progresses, the pitch is expected to become slower and will start assisting the spinners more. Also, strike rotations will be key, with the boundaries of the ground being relatively longer than the other. Both teams will look to bat first after winning the toss, with 160-170 being a good total at the venue.
The weather in Dubai is expected to be hot with temperatures hovering around 31 degrees Celsius. While there are no chances of rain interruptions in the match, dew could play a major role in determining the winner of the match.
Average First Innings Score
The average first innings score at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai considering the last 5 matches played here is 159 runs.
Record of Chasing Team
Based on the last 5 matches played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai —
- Matches Won: 3
- Matches Lost: 2
- No Result: 0
KKR vs PBKS Head-to-Head
Kolkata Knight Riders & Punjab Kings Form
KKR vs PBKS Predicted Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy.
Bench: Sheldon Jackson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee/Andre Russell, Karun Nair, Tim Seifert, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
Lokesh Rahul (C & WK), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Fabian Allen, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Ravi Bishnoi, Aiden Markram.
Bench: Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Ishan Porel, Chris Gayle, Adil Rashid, Saurabh Kumar, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Darshan Nalkande, Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Murugan Ashwin, Prabhsimran Singh.
Match Predictions For Match 45 – KKR vs PBKS
If Kolkata Knight Riders Won the Toss & Bowl First
- Punjab Kings Powerplay Score: 45-50
- Punjab Kings Overall Score: 160-185
Punjab Kings wins the match.
If Punjab Kings Won the Toss & Bowl First
- Kolkata Knight Riders Powerplay Score: 45-50
- Kolkata Knight Riders Overall Score: 160-160
Punjab Kings wins the match.
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