Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) & Punjab Kings (PBKS) will face each other at the 45th Match of Vivo IPL 2021. The match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE on 1st October at 7.30 PM IST.
KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders have taken the second phase of the game by storm and putting on a great show so far in all their matches. They are at the middle of the point table. KKR has 10 points from 11 matches with 3 wins in 4 matches in the UAE leg. They returned to winning ways in the last game against Delhi Capitals chasing the 130-run target.
Punjab Kings are finding it difficult to gather momentum and move ahead in the league phase. They need to win this match else their qualification chance will take a big hit. They have posted below par scores in the last 2 matches as their batting line-up looks for spirited performances. PBKS have 8 points from 11 matches with just 1 win out of their 3 matches in the second leg. They are struggling with their middle order as they lost their last match failing to chase 4 runs in their last over.
KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Weather Report
Dubai will have hot and humid weather with no chances of rain whatsoever. We expect a full match with no interruptions from the weather. Temperature is expected stay around 37°C with a wind speed of 23 km/hr.
KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Pitch Report
Dubai has a fairly new pitch with a lot of grass in it in the last game. Batsmen will enjoy batting on this surface especially with the new ball. The pitch might be tough once the ball gets softer and older.
KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Probable Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell/Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Dream11 Team Prediction
Dream11 Team: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, KL Rahul (c), Aiden Markram, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
KKR vs PBKS: Result of last 5 Matches
Kolkata Knight Riders: L/W/W/L/W
Punjab Kings: W/L/L/W/L
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KKR vs PBKS: IPL 2021: Match Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders have been in superb rhythm in the UAE leg with aggressive batting at the top and their spinners and pacers ratting the opposition batsmen effectively. Andre Russell and Ferguson`s injuries and Skipper Morgan`s form are their worry going in this match. Punjab Kings have failed to capitalize on the crunch situations and lost both their matches from a position of strength recently. They will hope to bring their A-game in this crucial match to keep their qualifications hopes alive. We expect KKR to win this match owing to their form and momentum.