PBKS vs KKR IPL 2021: It is time for another exciting battle in this blockbuster Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season as the Punjab Kings (PBKS) are ready to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 26. The Punjab Kings have won two of their five matches so far in this league and are currently placed at the fifth position on the points table. On the other hand, KKR are languishing at the bottom of the list with four losses in 5 matches. However, both the teams will now be eyeing to perform with their best of abilities in this crucial phase of IPL 2021 and there will be many exciting names in action in this mouth-watering PBKS vs KKR encounter.
1. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul has once again led his team from the front in the ongoing edition of the IPL with some remarkable performances with the bat. On a difficult Chepauk wicket against Mumbai Indians, Rahul played a brilliant knock of 60 runs off 52 balls that included 3 sixes and as many fours. The Punjab Kings skipper also scored 91 runs off 50 balls against Rajasthan Royals in their first game. Rahul is currently the second highest run-getter in this tournament with three sensational half-centuries.
KL Rahul in IPL 2021
2. Nitish Rana
Kolkata Knight Riders’ opening batsman Nitish Rana has played two wonderful innings in this tournament so far. Rana smashed a match-winning knock of 80 runs off 56 balls that included 9 fours and 4 sixes against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He also scored an excellent half-century against Mumbai Indians in the second match for KKR in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Rana being the highest run-scorer for KKR, he will remain a key player in this game as he has the ability to play an impactful innings with the bat.
Nitish Rana in IPL 2021
3. Chris Gayle
Punjab Kings’ big-hitting batsman Chris Gayle showed his worth and experience in the last match against Mumbai Indians while batting in a nervy chase. Gayle played a superb knock of 43 runs off 35 balls that included 5 fours and 2 sixes. He also composed a match-winning partnership of 79 runs with skipper KL Rahul to lead the Punjab Kings to a fantastic win. He played a crucial innings of 40 runs off 28 balls against Rajasthan Royals. Gayle has a terrific record against Kolkata Knight Riders since IPL 2011 having smacked 5 fifties and 1 hundred.
4. Andre Russell
Although, Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Andre Russell failed to contribute much with the bat and ball in the last match but he has delivered some crucial performances so far this season. Russell looked in a terrific touch in the match against Chennai Super Kings during his brilliant knock of 54 runs off only 22 balls that consisted of 6 sixes and 3 fours. He also picked up a magnificent five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians and smashed 31 runs off 20 balls against RCB. Therefore, Russell will be a key performer for KKR in this match both with the bat and ball.
Andre Russell in IPL 2021
5. Varun Chakravarthy
For the Kolkata Knight Riders, mystery bowler Varun Chakravarthy has been a tremendous inclusion since the last season of the IPL. While defending a low total of 134 runs in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, Chakravarthy picked two vital wickets of Jos Buttler and Shivam Dube. He also took two important wickets in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Chakravarthy picked up a total of 17 wickets in the previous season at an economy of 6.84.
Varun Chakravarthy in IPL 2021
This will be the first game of the season for the Punjab Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad after having witnessed three losses and 2 wins during their Chennai and Mumbai-leg of games. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have also arrived in Ahmedabad for the first time after completing their Chennai and Mumbai-leg of matches with 4 losses and a single victory.
IPL Live Score
The 21st match of the IPL 2021 season between Punjab Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on April 26. The first ball of the match will be bowled at 7:30 PM IST. The mouth-watering PBKS vs KKR clash will be streaming live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar app.
PBKS Player List
KL Rahul (C & WK), Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Saurav Kumar, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh.
KKR Player List
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Rahul Tripathi (Batsman) Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Andre Russell, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer, Shivam Mavi, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Vaibhav Arora, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Gurkeerat Singh Mann.
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