Match Preview – PBKS vs KKR
The Match 21 of the VIVO IPL 2021 will see Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns against the Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After the first phase of IPL in Chennai and Mumbai, the IPL caravan shifts to Ahmedabad and Delhi. Today’s PBKS vs KKR IPL match will be the first occasion when the world’s largest cricket stadium will host an IPL match.
Punjab comes into this match after a convincing victory against the Mumbai Indians in the last match. They successfully chased down the target of 132 runs with more than two overs to spare. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals. KKR’s poor run with the bat has continued for a longer time which is gradually becoming a cause of concern for the Kolkata franchise. With both teams looking to break into the top 4, this encounter promises to be a fascinating one.
Before we make PBKS vs KKR Today Match Prediction, here’s a look at what does today’s fixture has to offer:
PBKS vs KKR – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
The Kings put on an impressive show in all the departments on a tricky surface in Chennai against a strong Mumbai outfit. The opening combination has begun to click and so has the bowling. Looking at the conditions at Ahmedabad, PBKS are likely to play the same playing XI in today’s IPL match.
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C & WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR has now lost four consecutive matches after their win in the first match. On paper, they have an extremely strong side but the seasoned campaigners have largely failed to get going in the season so far. However, there have been glimpses of their true potential and hence, they are likely to back the same playing XI.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
PBKS vs KKR Head to Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
KKR won: 18
PBKS won: 9
NR : 0
PBKS and KKR have faced each other on 27 occasions before this match. The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders have been on the winning side in 18 out of those 27 matches. However, with winning momentum on their side, Punjab Kings will look to clinch today’s match and close down this gap against their opponent.
Players to Watch out for in PBKS vs KKR IPL match:
Punjab Kings will once again rely on the openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul to provide them with a solid start. Deepak Hooda will bat in the middle order. He has been one of the most impressive young talents in this competition so far. With the ball, Mohammad Shami will lead the attack and he will be well supported by Arshdeep Singh.
Moving to Kolkata Knight Riders, Nitish Rana will be an important player for them. He started the tournament well in the first couple of matches and will look to score some runs in the upcoming match. KKR will also depend on Dinesh Kartik and Andre Russell to provide a strong finish to the batting innings on a high. Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna will take on the responsibility of restricting the opponents with the ball.
PBKS vs KKR Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Kolkata Knight Riders have looked good in phases but have not been able to close the match as a team. They have lacked the batting prowess at the top of the order which hasn’t been helped by a struggling middle-order. Punjab Kings will be aware of this weakness of the Kolkata-based franchise and will definitely try and exploit these vulnerabilities. With a strong show in the previous match, KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings will be favorites and are like to win today’s IPL match against KKR on April 26.