Both the teams are involved in the mid-table tussle for a playoff berth. Eoin Morgan’s side is placed fourth, with 10 points in 11 games. They have won 3 out of 4 matches in the UAE leg. KL Rahul’s team, on the other hand, have lost 2 out of 3 games in the second half of the season. They have 8 points in 11 matches; should they lose to KKR, the chances of them qualifying for the playoffs will be close to nil.
On the head-to-head front, KKR have a great 19-9 record in their favour over Punjab. The 2-time champions registered a comfortable 5-wicket win against PBKS when they met last time, earlier in the season in Ahmedabad.
Eoin Morgan, who is currently struggling for runs, was Man of the Match in that game for his 47 off 40 balls as KKR chased a low total of 124 inside 17 overs. The KKR skipper would like to regain his form versus PBKS.
IPL 2021, Match 45: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings – Toss Report
Punjab Kings win the toss and elect to field first against Kolkata Knight Riders. Punjab Kings have made 3 changes in their lineup while KKR have made 2 changes in their side.
IPL 2021, Match 45: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings – Playing XI Details:
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(C), Dinesh Karthik(Wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee,Tim Siefert,Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Punjab Kings Playing XI:
KL Rahul(C,WK), Mayank Agarwal, Fabien Allen, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shah Rukh Khan, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.