VIVO IPL 2021: The confident Punjab Kings take on a hopeful Kolkata Knight Riders
With super overs, brilliant knocks, and magnificent figures, IPL continues to entertain the fans every day. It’s now time for the match-21, between the Punjab Kings, and the Kolkata Knight Riders. The teams will take on each other at the Narendra Modi Stadium at 7:30 PM IST tonight.
Both the teams are languishing in the bottom half of the points table and will be seeking to climb up, as the IPL caravan movies to Ahmedabad. PBKS has squared off against KKR 27 times in the history of IPL, and holds a 9-18 win-loss record. PBKS walks into the game on the back of a spectacular victory against the defending champions, while KKR awaits a much-needed victory after losing 4 games on the trot.
The Punjab Kings had suffered a hattrick of losses before winning the match against MI. The top order had a thrilling run-chase in their outing against the Mumbai Indians and will look to continue the same. KL Rahul, the team’s leading run-getter, had scored an unbeaten 60 off 52 balls including three massive sixes and was named the Man of the match. The clash also saw the Universe boss, Chris Gayle returning to form, after scoring 43 runs out of 35 balls.
In their bowling unit, Ravi Bishnoi had picked up 2 wickets in the previous match, and might continue the same run of form. Both Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh have been doing a good job for Punjab, with 12 wickets between them and an economy of 8 and less.
The two-time winners of the title, KKR, had started the season with a victory and will look to go back to the winning ways. Shubman Gill, who has three half-centuries in five innings against Punjab, has scored 209 runs at an average of 104.50 against them. Rahul Tripathi has been doing well and has scored 127 runs at the strike rate of 142.69 so far.
For KKR, the bowling attack has been lethal as both Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy have 13 wickets between them. The young bowler Prasidh Krishna is also a potential threat to the opponent batsmen.
With teams as good as these, an entertaining clash is guaranteed.
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