PBKS Playing 11: Ahmedabad will host its first match of IPL 2021 when Punjab Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders here on Monday. After losing three games in a row, Punjab Kings fought back strongly and defeated a more fancied Mumbai Indians. KKR has been Punjab’s nemesis in the IPL as they have often struggled to beat them. In 27 matches played between these sides, Kolkata lead Punjab 18:9. Last season, both teams won a game against each other. Punjab will be looking to carry the momentum here from the last match.
All players are available for selection for Punjab Kings. Since the pitch will be fresh, Punjab might play Jhye Richardson in place of Fabian Allen. Rest of the combination is expected to be the same.
KL Rahul (C) (wk)
Rahul has been scoring runs consistently as always but Gayle’s innings from the last match will give the Kings a huge relief. Nicholas Pooran’s form is a worry though and Punjab will hope him to fire. Bowling has looked good in Chennai’s slow pitches and if it is similar in Ahmedabad, Punjab will relish bowling there. Traditionally, Motera has been good for spinners and Ravi Bishnoi can play a crucial part here.
PBKS Squad for IPL 2021
KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders match on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar. The match will be played on 26 April and will start at 7:30 pm (IST).