KKR vs PBKS- Prediction, Who Will Win The Match Between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings? IPL 2021 Match 45. Punjab Kings face off Kolkata Knight Riders in the 45th match of IPL 2021 on Friday. The two sides will be taking on each other for the second time this season. Kolkata Knight Riders won the game by 5 wickets when last time these two sides squared up against each other.
Punjab Kings would be looking to make things even on Friday, though they have more than just that one reason to win the game.
Punjab Kings currently sits at sixth position on the points table with 4 wins in 11 matches. For them to have any chances of making the playoffs, KL Rahul and Co. need to win all their remaining three matches. As far as bowling is concerned, there’s isn’t a lot to worry about.
Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Nathan Ellis and Ravi Bishnoi have all been doing a great job with the ball. The biggest worry for them is the middle order. Aiden Markram has been amongst the runs and that is great news for them, however, the lack of runs from Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran isn’t helping them a lot. Nicholas Pooran has been given way too many chances.
The southpaw hasn’t done bore fruits at all this season. Chris Gayle too hasn’t been someone to depend on too much. Deepak Hooda scored 26 off 28 in the last game, however, replacing him with Shahrukh Khan wouldn’t be a bad option.
Facing them are Kolkata Knight Riders, who have made a stellar comeback in the second leg of IPL 2021. KKR have impressed one and all with their performances. In their last games played in UAE, KKR have managed to win three of them. As a result of that, they currently find themselves at fourth position with 5 wins in 11 matches. To confirm their playoff berth, they ought to win all their remaining three matches.
The inclusion of Venkatesh Iyer at the top of the order had reaped rewards to KKR. The team is battling with an aggressive mindset and things are working out pretty well for them at the moment. Unfortunately, their two players, Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson won’t’ be available for them in the next game due to injuries. Another worry for them is the poor form of Eoin Morgan.
KKR’s top four have scored the majority of their runs and there’s no denying that they are lacking firepower at the fag end of the innings. The likes of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik have to get back among the runs if KKR ought to reach the playoffs.
Venkatesh Iyer bowled for the first time this season in the last game against DC. He returned with the figures of 2 for 29 in 4 overs. His ability to bowl apart from opening the batting further strengthen the bowling unit of KKR.
KKR restricted Delhi Capitals to 127 runs in the last game. KKR lost wickets at regular intervals in the second innings but Nitish Rana’s 36-run unbeaten knock off 27 balls helped the side chase down the order in 18.2 overs.
They have three games remaining and would be keen to win all three to confirm their playoff berth. However, how they cope up in the absence of Ferguson and Russell will be interesting to see.
KKR vs PBKS- Prediction, Who Will Win The Match Between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings? IPL 2021 Match 45
Teams’ Head-to-Head Records
|Stats||Matches||PBKS Won||KKR Won||Tied||No Result|
|At Dubai International Cricket Stadium)||0||–||–||–||–|
|In the last 5 matches||5||1||4||0||0|
Recent venue records (Records at Dubai International Cricket Stadium)
STATS – T20
|Matches won batting first||34|
|Matches won bowling first||26|
|Average 1st Inns scores||144|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||122|
|Highest total recorded||211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs PAK|
|Lowest total recorded||71/10 (19 Ov) by KEN vs IRE|
|Highest score chased||183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE|
|Lowest score defended||134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK|
Toss Prediction for Match 45 of IPL 2021
The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Predicted Scores for Match 45 of IPL 2021
|Team||1st batting||2nd batting|
(Teams’ forms) – Oldest to Latest
Kolkata Knight Riders: LWWLW
Punjab Kings: WLLWL
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Who will score the most runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the match: Venkatesh Iyer or Shubman Gill
Who will pick the most wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in the match: Sunil Narine or Varun Chakravarthy
Who will score the most runs for Punjab Kings in the match: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
Who will pick the most wickets for Punjab Kings in the match: Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh