Both the teams will be playing the game at a new venue, Ahmedabad. This IPL is being played in India, but totally different from any other IPL season. None of the team has got a single game to play on their home soil. After Mumbai and Chennai, the game has now shifted to two new venues, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have failed to win a game after their first match and both the teams will be entering this match after facing a defeat from their last game. Kolkata Knight Riders is performing better with the bat but, their bowlers have failed to take the game over the winning line. Punjab on the other hand, have failed to find their best XI for this season and as a result they are struggling a lot. So, who’s going to win the game? Read our match prediction and preview.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Review
Kolkata Knight Riders have one of the best teams in this IPL and there is no doubt at all. They are filled with young guns like Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, and Nitish Rana. Moreover, they have fire powers in batting in the form of Eoin Morgan and Andre Russel. Dinesh Karthik can also play a good cameo on his day. When it comes to the bowling department they have quality bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins. However, despite having a well-balanced team they have failed to find their best eleven in this season. We can expect that in this match they will make a clear strategy and get their 2nd win under the belt.
Punjab Kings Review
Despite KL Rahul, the team has failed to perform to their levels. Mayank got a fifty but he is not looking good this year to score big. Some big names like Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, and Mohammed Shami have failed to perform as they were known for and as a result they are standing at the last of the points table. We can expect for some change in this game from Kings XI Punjab as they will leave no stone unturned to bag their 2nd win of the season.
Head to Head Record
Both the teams have played 27 games, and Kolkata has managed to win in 18 matches. Here’s the head-to-head record between them.
- Total Matches: 27
- Kolkata Wins: 18
- Punjab Wins: 9
Recent Performance of KKR
The team has won on two occasions in their last five encounters considering the 2020 and 2021 season. Here’s their past record of the last five games.
Recent Performance of PBKS
The same thing happened with this team as they have only won 1 game from their last five encounters. Here’s their performance mentioned below.
Probable XI of Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan ©, Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, and Prasidh Krishna.
Probable XI of Punjab Kings
Lokesh Rahul © (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Arshdeep Singh
Venue Details, Records, Historical Facts
This match is being expected to be high scoring as it will be played on a batting track of Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The team winning the toss will field first.
- Stadium: Narendra Modi Stadium
- Location: Ahmedabad, India
- Opened: 2021
- Capacity: 1,10,000
- Known as: Motera
- Ends: Adani Pavilion End, GMDC End
- Time Zone: UTC +05:30
- Home to: Saurashtra
- Floodlights: No
Final Prediction: Both the teams are looking great when it comes to their team combination. However, Kolkata is slightly taking the lead as a team because they have performed slightly better than Punjab. So, we are predicting Kolkata Knight Riders to win the game.