Last Update on: April 1st, 2023 at 02:49 pm
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders: PBKS’ Playing XI For KKR, IPL 2023, Match 2. Punjab Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders in match 2 of IPL 2023 in Mohali on April 1. The match starts at 3.30 pm IST. Punjab finished sixth in IPL 2022 and KKR finished seventh. Both teams are looking forward to a better campaign in IPL 2023.
Punjab Kings in the history of IPL auctions bought some of the most popular T20 players across the globe. They paid a huge price to rope them in and were quick to release them as well. They picked Sam Curran for 18.50 crores ahead of IPL 2023. He was one of their star acquisitions in this auction.
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul are a few examples who were released by the franchise despite both of them performing consistently. One bad season in 2022 saw Mayank being released by the franchise. He scored 196 runs in 13 matches last season at an average of 16.33.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead Punjab Kings. They also have a new coach in Trevor Bayliss who is a former KKR coach who took them o championship titles in 2012 and 2014. Punjab are placed in group B alongside Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Titans, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Ahead of their opener against KKR, Punjab Kings have been hit by bad news, Liam Livingstone will miss the first game as hehe is yet to get a fitness clearance from the ECB after recovering from a knee injury he suffered in December. The franchise is also missing Jonny Bairstow who is ruled out of the season due to his foot injury.
Their bowling attack looks like a sorted one with Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, and Harpreet Brar the crucial cogs of the bowling attack. Newcomers like Sam Curan and Sikandar Raza will have to play a big part. In this article, we take a look at Punjab Kings’ playing XI for their opener against KKR.
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders: PBKS’ Playing XI For KKR, IPL 2023, Match 2
Shikhar Dhawan (C)
Dhawan will open the batting for Punjab Kings. He has a good record playing against KKR scoring over 800 runs against the franchise. His leadership skills will be tested against KKR. In the last few IPL seasons, Dhawan has been one of the most consistent Indian batters.