- Kolkata Knight Riders face Punjab Kings in the 45th match of IPL season 2021.
- KKR and PB match will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai at 07:30 PM (IST) and 02:00 PM (GMT).
- In this match, we predict that Kolkata Knight Riders will win the match.
KKRvsPBKS, IPL 2021 MATCH PREDICTIONS: Punjab Kings will face strong rival Kolkata Knight Riders in the 45th match of VIVO IPL 2021. The match will start at 07:30 PM (IST) and 02:00 PM (GMT) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
Based on the position of both the teams according to the points table, Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth in the points table with 5 wins and 7 losses while Punjab Kings are sixth in the points table with 4 wins and 7 losses.
KKR beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets on the rough surface of Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the absence of Andre Russell. Where DC gave a target of 129 runs. In that match, Sunil Narine performed at his best with both bowling and batting skills and Venkatesh Iyer handled all matches to help KKR win and remain steadfast in the fourth position on the points table.
In the last 10 innings, KL Rahul scored 4 half-centuries against KKR at an average of 35.11 and a strike rate of 142.99. Additionally, he prefers to bat in Dubai, scoring 441 runs in 9 innings at a normal average of 55.13 and a strike rate of 138.68.
Mayank Agarwal is expected to make a rebound comeback to missing the last match due to back pain. He has scored 183 runs in six innings for PBKS against KKR at a normal of 36.80 and a strike rate of 134.56.
Expected Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy
KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
KKR vs PBKS Head-to-Head
Total Match: 28 Match
Kolkata Knight Riders: 19 wins
Punjab Kings: 9 wins
Match: Kolkata Knights Riders vs Punjab Kings – 45th Match
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Time: 07:30 PM (IST) and 02:00 PM (GMT)
Dubai has been the best batting track in the leg of the UAE season. So we can see a ton of high scoring matches. While the wicket has slowed down and the spinners can get some turn, it is as yet a mainly seamer-accommodating wicket.
KKR vs PBKS last 5 Encounters
26th April 2021: Kolkata Knights Riders won by 5 wickets
26th October 2020: Punjab Kings won by 8 wickets
10th October 2020: Kolkata Knights Riders won by 2 runs
3rd May 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets
27th March 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 28 runs
Going by the previous match and player performance of both the teams we are confident that Kolkata Knight Riders will win today’s match.