Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings
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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.

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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.

Mohammed Shami
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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.

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer
Shubman Gill (r) and Venkatesh Iyer. Credits: IPL

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.

Lockie Ferguson, KKR
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

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

Mayank Agarwal
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Teams’ Head-to-Head Records

Stats Matches PBKS Won KKR Won Tied No Result
Overall 28 9 19 0 0
In IPL 28 9 19 0 0
At Dubai International Cricket Stadium) 0
In the last 5 matches 5 1 4 0 0
IPL 2021 1 0 1 0 0

Recent venue records (Records at Dubai International Cricket Stadium)

STATS – T20

Total matches 61
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
KKR 150-160 130-140
PBKS 140-150 140-150

(Teams’ forms) – Oldest to Latest

Kolkata Knight Riders: LWWLW

Punjab Kings: WLLWL

(Players’ form)

Kolkata Knight Riders:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Strike Rate
Rahul Tripathi 11 315 144.50
Nitish Rana 11 279 126.82
Shubman Gill 11 232 120.21
Andre Russell 10 183 152.50
Venkatesh Iyer 11 161 144.83
Eoin Morgan 11 107 100.94

Who will score the most runs for Kolkata Knight Riders in the match: Venkatesh Iyer or Shubman Gill

  • Bowling

Players Matches Wickets Average
Prasidh Krishna 10 12 1
Lockie Ferguson 4 7 13.43
Tim Southee 1 1 29
Sunil Narine 8 9 23.44
Varun Chakravarthy 11 11 27.27
Venkatesh Iyer 4 2 17.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in the match:  Sunil Narine or Varun Chakravarthy 

Punjab Kings:

  • Batting

Players Matches Runs Strike Rate
KL Rahul 10 422 133.29
Mayank Agarwal 9 332 142.49
Chris Gayle 10 193 125.32
Deepak Hooda 11 157 131.93
Aiden Markram 3 95 117.28
Deepak Hooda 11 157 131.93

Who will score the most runs for Punjab Kings in the match: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal 

  • Bowling
Players Matches Wickets Average
Mohammed Shami 11 14 22.21
Arshdeep Singh 9 13 17.92
Ravi Bishnoi 6 9 16.44
Harpreet Brar 5 5 18.20
Nathan Ellis 2 1 44.00
Chris Jordan 3 2 38.00

Who will pick the most wickets for Punjab Kings in the match: Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh