VIVO IPL 2021: PBKS vs KKR Preview & Dream 11 Prediction
- KL Rahul is in excellent form for the Punjab Kings
- KKR is struggling for runs from its top-order
- Punjab Kings has a better team balance than the Kolkata Knight Riders side
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders (PBKSvKKR): The 21th match of VIVO IPL 2021 will be played between these two teams PBKSvKKR, The match will begin on 26 April at 7:30 pm IST.
Punjab Kings won a very important match against the Mumbai Indians in the previous match and moved to the middle of the IPL 2021 table standings. Their opponents in this match, the Kolkata Knight Riders are still looking for their second win of the season and have now lost their previous four matches.
This is going to be the first match in the Ahemdabad leg and it will be interesting to see what kind of a surface is provided to the teams. We saw a relatively fast and bouncy wicket on offer in the T20 series between India and England played there a few weeks ago.
Punjab Kings showed glimpses of form in the previous match while KKR looks a bit lost as to the ideal strategy that it wants to follow.
Both teams would love a win in this match and move closer to the top-4 slots of the IPL league table.
This is going to be an interesting match for Punjab Kings. It finally managed to get its team combination right for a slow Chennai pitch and may need to make changes once more. Fabian Allen may be swapped out for someone like Jhye Richardson to make better use of the conditions.
Moises Henriques has done enough to keep his place as someone who can bowl with the new ball up front and bolster the batting lineup. Also, there is no doubt that pressure must be mounting on Nicholas Pooran to score some runs with Dawid Malan waiting on the bench.
Pooran is not going to be dropped in this match but he is getting ever closer to being dropped.
After two weeks of the competition, KKR appears to be the team that is struggling the most in IPL 2021. It has the best all-rounder in T20 cricket but does not seem to know what to do with him. Even the other tactics, in general, have been quite bizarre.
Date: April 26, 2021 (Monday).
Time: 07:30 PM (IST), 02:00 PM (GMT).
Venue: Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmadabad
PBKS vs KKR: Head to Head:
|Punjab Kings||Head to Head||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|09 won||27 Matches||18 won|
|119 runs||Lowest Score||109 runs|
|214 runs||Highest Score||245 runs|
Pitch and Weather Conditions:
We expect the pitch in AHmedabad to have a decent amount of bounce and pace in it. It should allow for some exciting cricket to be played with scores that reach close to 180 in most matches. The batsmen will be able to dominate, however, the large boundaries will being the bowlers into play as well.
The spinners may have something to work with as the ball gets older.
TV and live streaming details:
TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP
PBKS vs KKR Probably XI:
Batting: KL Rahul has been criticized for his strike rate but he has been the biggest factor in the two matches that his team has won in IPL 2021. With Mayank Aggarwal and Chris Gayle also hitting some form, the Punjab Kings batting is pretty decent.
X-Factor: They have Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, and Shahrukh Khan in the team so they can probably afford to go a bit harder in what should be better batting conditions.
Bowling: Punjab Kings does not have the best bowling lineup but it does have six options in its team. Moises Henriques was quite good with the new ball and could be given that rile once more. We think Jhye Richardson, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, and Arshdeep Singh are all going to be a part of the attack for this match.
Predict XI: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson/Riley Meredith, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Batting: the form of its leading players is very concerning. Shubman Gill is having a very poor IPL so far, Nitish Rana seems to have cooled off after a good start, Eoin Morgan cannot buy a run right now, and the bowling attack is quite underwhelming. In the one match where Andre Russell came to the crease with some overs to bat, he very nearly won them the match from a position that KKR should have had no chance.
X-Factor: The current batting lineup of KKR is quite brittle and seems to lack the X-factor needed to compete effectively. Adding Sunil Narine to the attack has not had the impact that they would have hoped either. His bowling is decent but nowhere near as effective as it used to be. His batting also seems to have deteriorated and we are not sure if he justifies a place in the starting eleven just yet.
Bowling: Shivam Mavi was very good in the only match he played and Varun Chakravarthy has been the best bowler for KKR so far. Prasiddh Krishna has not been to pick early wickets, though, and Pat Cummins continues to be startlingly expensive for a bowler of his stature.
Predict XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
PBKS vs KKR Dream 11 Prediction:
Please check the team once when Playing XI Announced.
Captain Options – KL Rahul, Nitish Rana
Vice-Captain Options – Sunil Narayan, Chris Gayle
PBKS vs KKR Team Prediction: According to the Daily IPL Poll Reports- KKR to win
Punjab Kings (PBKS) squad:
KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Riley Meredith, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Squad:
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora