Last Update on: April 25th, 2021 at 11:49 pm
Punjab Kings (PBKS) are now getting ready for their sixth match of the IPL 2021 where they will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad) this Monday (26th April) night.
After their first five matches of this IPL 2021, PBKS have earned 4 points with the help of two wins, while they have also lost the three other matches. While PBKS beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their tournament opener and the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in their last game, they lost against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
IPL 2021, Match 21: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders (PBKS vs KKR) – PBKS Predicted Playing XI
KL Rahul (C & wk)
Captain KL Rahul is superbly maintaining his image as the strong IPL batsman as he has scored 221 runs in five innings in this IPL 2021 with the help of three half-centuries. His scores in this tournament are 91, 5, 61, 4 and 60 not out. The captain is leading the batting line-up from the front.
Opener Mayank Agarwal has scored 130 runs in the five matches of this IPL 2021. Though he struggled in the first two matches of this season, Mayank has now provided some good starts and he is now becoming a crucial batsman for this team.
Caribbean superstar Chris Gayle started this IPL 2021 with the knock of 40 runs off 28 balls. But then he failed to reach the 20-run mark in three consecutive innings. But in the last game, Gayle scored a match-winning 43 not out off 35 balls. His strong batting performance is a huge advantage for PBKS.
In the limited opportunities in the IPL 2021, Shahrukh Khan has impressed with his quality batting performances who has scored 90 runs in four innings with an average of 45.00. Apart from scoring 47 runs against CSK when PBKS batting line-up was totally struggling, his small scores were also useful for the team.
Deepak Hooda started this IPL 2021 with the knock of 64 runs off 28 balls. Though he hasn’t scored big runs since then, especially when he had some good times in a couple of matches, he is an asset in PBKS’ middle-order batting line-up.
In his couple of matches in this IPL 2021, Australian cricketer Moises Henriques has got very limited opportunities. While he was recently in good form in domestic cricket, he can play some important roles for PBKS in this IPL season.
After playing the last two matches of this IPL 2021, Caribbean cricketer Fabian Allen has picked up only one wicket. While PBKS are now moving to Ahmedabad, the all-rounder can play some useful roles for his team.
Finally, the 20-year-old leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi played his first match of the IPL 2021 in the last game of PBKS. While he was in good form in recent domestic cricket, his strong performance in his first game of this season wasn’t a shocker anyway as he had bowling figures of 4-0-21-2 against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. It was surely a great start for this young man in this tournament.
The right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami has picked up 6 wickets in this IPL 2021. While he took two wickets in each of the first two games of this season, he failed to pick up wickets in the next two matches. But the right-arm pacer made a strong comeback in the last game against Mumbai Indians where he had bowling figures of 4-0-21-2.
England cricketer Chris Jordan hasn’t played a match yet in this IPL 2021. However, his presence can play an important role for PBKS in their death-over bowling line-up. Last March, Jordan played all the five T20Is against India at Ahmedabad. Though he was not always in good touch in that away T20I series, he can now utilise those experiences.
Arshdeep Singh has impressed in the early period of the IPL 2021 as he has got 6 wickets after playing five matches of this season. It is expected that he will more improve with the time progress in this tournament.