KOL vs PBKS Prediction: Sunrisers Hyderabad took on Chennai Super Kings in a must win game for them yesterday. After being put in to bat first, Sunrisers only managed 134/7 in 20 overs. None of their batsmen got going except Wriddhiman Saha who top scored with 44. Josh Hazlewood and Dwayne Bravo were at their economical best and picked up five wickets between them. CSK chased down the target without much fuss after getting a good start from the openers. Jason Holder picked up three wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings now lock horns in an important clash tonight. If Punjab lose this one they will be out of contention for the playoffs. Kolkata cant drop points either and they will be desperate to continue their winning run. They had won the reverse fixture by 5 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings
Match 45, Indian Premier League
1 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
KOL vs PBKS Head to Head: Kolkata have dominated this fixture with 19 wins compared to Punjab’s 9 victories.
KOL – 60%
PBKS – 40%
Knight Riders have won three of the four matches in UAE and narrowly lost one. They are the more balanced side. Punjab’s foreign contingent have not showed any kind of form and their batting is struggling. We expect KKR to win this one and knockout the Kings.
Bet365: KOL: 1.72; PBKS: 2.10
Venkatesh Iyer has been one of the main reasons for KKR’s resurgence in the UAE leg. He is an aggressive batsman who hardly takes any time to settle down. He is also entrusted with the ball in hand. Iyer has 126 runs and two wickets in four games.
Sunil Narine put on a match-winning performance in the last game. He can wreak havoc in Punjab Kings’ weak middle order. He has 9 wickets in 8 games.
Ravi Bishnoi takes wickets whenever he plays. The wily leg spinner has a dangerous googly in his armor. He has 9 wickets in six games at an economy of just 6.1.
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
PBKS Playing XI
Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
Dubai is the finest of the three wickets available in the UAE for batting. Fast bowlers will get some assistance early on. It’s possible that dew will play a role, and that batting in the second innings will be simple. The side that wins the coin toss will go for the chase. On this wicket, the average projected score is 160-170.
If PBKS bats first: 150-160
If KOL bats first: 160-170
Dubai might get some clouding during the day. Nights are going to be clear. Day maximum is going to be 37 degrees Celsius. During match hours it shall be around 33 degrees Celsius. With high humidity and light winds, it will feel like 40 degrees Celsius and the players will have to sweat a lot.
WICKET-KEEPERS: L Rahul, N Pooran
BATSMEN: A Markram, R Tripathi, S Gill
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Narine, V Iyer
BOWLERS: M Shami, L Ferguson, V Chakravarthy, R Bishnoi
Captain choices: V Iyer/ S Narine
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