KKR vs PBKS: Kolkata is currently at number four in the points table with 10 points after winning five out of 11 matches. At the same time, Punjab’s team is at number six with four wins and eight points from 11 matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 45th match of IPL 2021 today. The match will be played at the Dubai International Stadium from 7:30 pm. Both Kolkata and Punjab teams will take the field to stay in the race for the playoffs
Kolkata at number four in the points table
Kolkata is currently at number four in the points table with 10 points after winning five out of 11 matches. At the same time, Punjab’s team is at number six with four wins and eight points from 11 matches. In any case, Punjab will have to win all the matches from here. At the same time, the situation in Kolkata is also similar. If he loses, then the position of Mumbai and Punjab will be strengthened
KKR vs PBKS head to head
Talking about the figures, Kolkata has the upper hand in this. There have been a total of 28 matches between the two. Out of this, KKR has won 19 matches and Punjab has won 9 matches. There have been three matches between the two in the UAE, in which Punjab has won two and Kolkata has won only one match. Kolkata won the match between the two in the first phase by five wickets.
Both teams have a new weapon
This time both the teams have a new weapon. KKR have Venkatesh Iyer and Punjab have Ravi Bishnoi. In this match, a match can be seen between Venkatesh’s aggressive batting and Bishnoi’s spin bowling.
KKR batsmen are struggling
Talking about the Kolkata team, the team’s batting in the match against Delhi was not special. Chasing a target of 128 runs, the team lost seven wickets. Apart from Shubman Gill (30 runs) and Nitish Rana (36 runs), none of the batsmen could bat properly. In such a situation, the KKR batsmen may have to face the real challenge in front of the strong bowling of Punjab.
Kolkata bowlers performed brilliantly
The Kolkata bowlers bowled brilliantly in front of Delhi’s strong batting line-up and managed to restrict them for 127 runs. Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Sandeep Warrier bowled well. In the next match, the famous Krishna may return in place of Warrior. At the same time, the responsibility of spin will be on the shoulders of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine. Venkatesh also took two wickets in the previous match.
Except Markram, everything else flopped
Apart from Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda, no batsman could run in the last match against Mumbai. Rahul could score 21 and Mandeep 15. Rahul can make some changes in this match. Mayank Agarwal may return in place of Mandeep. Apart from this, any one of Chris Jordan, Moises Henriques and Fabian Allen can get a chance.
Bishnoi running in excellent form
Punjab’s bowling against Mumbai was also not special. Apart from Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis, none of the bowlers could do well. Mohammed Shami took a wicket, but gave 42 runs in four overs. Rahul will not make any changes in the bowling.
Probable Playing XI of both the teams
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier/Samvid Krishna, Varun Chakraborty.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (Captain), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques/Fabian Allen, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.