PBKS vs KOL: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season is off to a flying start with the first doubleheader featuring Punjab Kings (PBKS) versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KOL) on April 1st at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
Shikhar Dhawan takes the helm as the new captain of Punjab Kings for the upcoming season. They underwent a significant roster overhaul before the mini-auction, with the release of nine players, including former captain Mayank Agarwal, Odean Smith, and Sandeep Sharma.
At the auction, they invested heavily in six new players, with the most significant purchase being Sam Curran for INR 18.5 crores, making him the most expensive player in auction history. It will be intriguing to see how the team performs with their new lineup.
As for Kolkata Knight Riders, they will be under new leadership this season, with Nitish Rana taking over as captain after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury.
They retained only 14 players before the mini-auction and released 15, but made some exciting trades, including Shardul Thakur from Delhi Capitals, Lockie Ferguson and Rahmanullah Gurbaz from the Gujarat Titans.
As two teams with some of the most talented players in the Indian Premier League, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are set to face off in a highly anticipated match at Mohali.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads, player records/stats and dream11 fantasy team predictions for the Match 2 of the Indian Premier League, 2023.
PBKS vs KOL Match Details
- Match: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 2
- Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
- Time: 3:30 PM (IST) | 10:00 AM (GMT) | 3:30 PM (Local)
- Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Pitch Report For PBKS vs KOL, Match 2 of IPL 2023
The Mohali pitch is expected to be a batsman’s paradise, with pacers also likely to find some assistance. Recent history suggests that chasing will be the way to go, with four out of the last five IPL matches being won by teams batting second.
Pitch Stats of Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali For PBKS vs KOL, Match 2 of IPL 2023
Stats based on previous five matches played at this venue-
- Average First Innings Score: 140
- Average Total Score: 130
- Team Batting First Won: 2
- Team Bowling First Won: 3
Probable Playing XI For PBKS vs KOL, Match 2 of IPL 2023
Punjab Kings Playing XI
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Matthew Short, Prabsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (WK), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI
N Jagadeesan (WK), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana (C), Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.
PBKS vs KOL Head-to-head Records for Match 2 of IPL 2023
Stats of Punjab Kings & Kolkata Knight Riders Form in Last 5 Matches
PBKS vs KOL Top Players to Pick in Fantasy Team for Match 2 of IPL 2023
With 460 runs in just 14 innings at an impressive average of 38.33 and a strike rate of 122.66, he was the highest run-scorer for the Kings last season. He is also the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, having breached the 6000-run mark.
After being picked as a replacement player for Jason Roy in the previous season, Gurbaz was a part of the Gujarat Titans squad but didn’t feature in any games.
However, his talents did not go unnoticed as Kolkata Knight Riders traded him prior to auction. With a T20 career of 3104 runs in 124 matches at a strike rate of 150.24, Gurbaz is a promising young talent in the IPL circuit.
The Punjab Kings invested heavily in Sam Curran, making him the most expensive player in IPL history. The team management will be hoping that he can deliver on the faith shown in him and make a significant impact on the field.
PBKS vs KOL Player Record/Stats (Must Picks) For Match 2 of IPL 2023
|Player||Stats (IPL Career)|
|Shikhar Dhawan||6244 Runs|
|Sam Curran||32 Wickets & 337 Runs|
|Arshdeep Singh||40 Wickets|
|Nitish Rana||2181 Runs & 7 Wickets|
|Andre Russell||2035 Runs & 89 Wickets|
|Sunil Narine||152 Wickets & 1025 Runs|
|Umesh Yadav||135 Wickets|
PBKS vs KOL Captaincy Picks For Match 2 of IPL 2023 Between Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
- Andre Russell
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Sam Curran
PBKS vs KOL Dream11 Prediction – Fantasy Team Suggesting For Match 2 of IPL 2023
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Fantasy Team 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Batters: Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana, Shahrukh Khan
- All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Sam Curran
- Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar
- Captain: Andre Russell
- Vice-Captain: Sam Curran
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Fantasy Team 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Batters: Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer
- All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Sam Curran
- Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Arshdeep Singh
- Captain: Shikhar Dhawan
- Vice-Captain: Nitish Rana
PBKS vs KOL Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s Match?
Punjab Kings is expected to win this match.
PBKS vs KOL – Match 2 of IPL 2023, Live Broadcast & Online Streaming Details, Where to Watch in India?
- Live Streaming: JioCinema
- TV Broadcast: Star Sports Network
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.