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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, IPL 2023, Today Match Prediction

Eden Garden, Kolkata

182/5 in 20.0

9.10 Star

179/7 in 20.0

8.95
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Punjab Kings won the toss and chose to bat first

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by 5 wickets

Punjab Kings look to get through the top 4

  • PBKS are at number 7 with 10 points tied with number 4, 5, and 6
  • KKR have won 2 of their last 3 matches while losing their last game at home
  • Punjab’s bowling has been out of form lately

KKR to win the match

Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Garden, Kolkata | Toss: To Bowl

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Name
GT
CSK
LSG
RR
RCB
MI
PBKS
KKR
SRH
DC
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
11
8
3
0
0
16
0.951
11
6
4
0
1
13
0.409
11
5
5
0
1
11
0.294
11
5
6
0
0
10
0.388
10
5
5
0
0
10
-0.209
10
5
5
0
0
10
-0.454
10
5
5
0
0
10
-0.472
10
4
6
0
0
8
-0.103
10
4
6
0
0
8
-0.472
10
4
6
0
0
8
-0.529

kkr vs pbks Live Prediction

2023-05-08 22:23:28

After 8 Overs

KKR are at 67 for 2 having lost their openers. A required run-date of 9.42 is achievable as there are no demons on the wicket.

2023-05-08 21:31:56

End of 1st Innings

PBKS finish at 179 for 7 with heroics in the last two overs. It is the lowest first innings total at Eden this year. PBKS has conceded 200+ last four games, and KKR will draw inspiration from it

2023-05-08 21:09:08

High-Value Tip

PBKS lose 4 wickets for 34 runs in the most crucial phase of play. The chips are down for the visitors, and KKR has the edge in the death overs of the 1st innings. Bet on KKR @ 1.60

2023-05-08 20:29:15

After 10 Overs Prediction

The game is evenly balanced, with PBKS at 82 for 3 after 9 overs. It isn’t a 200+ wicket, as the ball is turning. PBKS have lost two of their best strikers. KKR has quality spinners and depth in batting, giving them the edge

2023-05-08 19:05:36

After The Toss

PBKS win the toss and choose to bat. The side backs its superb batting form with 200+ scores in the last four games. But have our money on KKR as the side has variety in the attack. Bet on KKR @ 1.83

KKR will be facing PBKS in yet another home game as they look to stay alive in the race to the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their last 3 consecutive matches at the Eden Gardens.

It hasn’t been a good home season for KKR but they’ve won a couple of games recently and will be hoping to carry the momentum to Kolkata. Punjab Kings are facing a big issue in their bowling department.

It is a pretty solid-looking bowling attack with the likes of Arshdeep, Rahul Chahar, and Sam Curran. Nevertheless, Punjab have been very expensive in their recent outings and have failed to put the opposition under any sort of pressure.

The batting looks promising for both teams. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh helped rescue KKR in their last game against SRH after early collapse.

In spite of inconsistencies, KKR can be confident of their batting given the amount of talent in this side. Punjab Kings’ Jitesh Sharma is in his best form this season. He will be a key player in the middle order and can deliver a big finish for PBKS.

Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

This is a crucial game for the Knight Riders as the race to top 4 gets tighter. There are 4 teams tied at 10 points each followed by KKR with 8 points at number 8.

KKR will need to win every game from here on to stay alive in the contest and give themselves a chance to qualify for the playoffs. Nitish Rana will be happy with the bowling performances from his team in the last match.

Defending a 171-run target, Vaibhav Arora and Shardul Thakur picked 2 wickets each while Varun Chakravarthy finished with 1 for 20 in his 4 overs. Anukul Roy also bowled 3 overs as KKR chose him over Suyash Sharma as the impact player.

It was a good sign for KKR to have their middle order step up and deliver after the top-order collapsed. The big guns Roy and Gurbaz failed to make an impact and were back in the hut early.

If those two get back in form and find their rhythm at Eden Gardens, KKR can be looking at another competitive total. They’ve lost two games at this venue while batting second. That will also be on their mind when they take the field against a strong overall side like Punjab Kings.

Given how Punjab have struggled to defend even big totals in recent times, KKR might consider batting second in this match.

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

Kolkata Knight Riders Key Players From Previous Game Of Indian Premier League 2023

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
R Singh
46
35
4
1
131.43
N Rana
42
31
3
3
135.48
A Russell
24
15
1
2
160
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
V Arora
3.0
0
32
2
10.67
S Thakur
3.0
0
23
2
7.67
H Rana
4.0
0
27
1
6.75

Kolkata Knight Riders Actual Playing XI:

Harshit Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh, Vaibhav Arora, Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana, Suyash Sharma, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Punjab Kings Preview

Punjab Kings is another inconsistent team of this IPL. Their form in the last 5 outings has been L W L W L. Two of their last 3 defeats have come at Mohali where the bowlers failed big time.

First it was against LSG where Punjab ended up conceding the highest total of this year’s IPL. And in their recent home game against MI, some brilliant batting performances from LIvingstone and Jitesh Sharma helped Punjab post a 214-run total batting first.

In spite of that, they were never on top of the game while defending the total and lost by 6 wickets. Sam Curran and Arshdeep Singh are among the best left-arm seam bowlers who can deliver breakthroughs for any side whether it be Punjab or their national teams.

The failure of these two is a big concern for Punjab along with the inconsistency of Rahul Chahar who’s struggling to find any success. Rishi Dhawan might get another chance after he delivered with the ball in the last game.

Considering their bowling form, Dhawan would be inclined to opt to bowl first and back his batters to chase down any total. Atharva Taide deserves another chance in the top order, especially since Prabhsimran and Dhawan are struggling to give a good start.

Punjab Kings Predicted Playing XI:

Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Punjab Kings Key Players From Previous Game Of Indian Premier League 2023

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
L Livingstone
82
42
7
4
195.24
J Sharma
49
27
5
2
181.48
S Dhawan
30
20
5
0
150
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
N Ellis
4.0
0
34
2
8.5
R Dhawan
3.0
0
20
1
6.67
A Singh
3.5
0
66
1
17.22

Punjab Kings Actual Playing XI:

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
28
0 mm.
2.8 k/h
From: SSW
0%
03h
31
0 mm.
4.17 k/h
From: SW
20%
06h
34
0 mm.
2.49 k/h
From: SW
13%
09h
39
0 mm.
2.56 k/h
From: W
13%
12h
38
0 mm.
4.38 k/h
From: SSW
27%
15h
32
0 mm.
4.9 k/h
From: SSW
7%
18h
30
0 mm.
5.09 k/h
From: SSW
4%
21h
29
0 mm.
3.84 k/h
From: SW
0%

Weather Conditions

It is a batting-friendly wicket at the Eden Gardens with a bit of help on offer for the spinners. Once set, the batsmen can play their strokes and score big on this ground. The weather will be mostly sunny in Kolkata with a high of 39 degrees Celsius.

Venue Details

Eden Gardens in Kolkata is the venu for the KKR vs PBKS match. The average 1st innings score on this ground is 164 runs. The square boundaries are shorter and batters would be looking to clear those for sixes. A match-winning total would be something over 185-190 given the bowlers also deliver a decent performance while defending the total.

Toss: To Bowl

Though teams batting first have won 3 of the 4 matches at Eden Gardens this season, considering the bowling form of both teams, we reckon it will be in their best interest to chase down a total.

There is not much difference between the two sides. No clear winner in this comparison. Both have plenty of issues to deal with. KKR have a bad home record this year which is a point against them. Whereas Punjab’s bowling has been very expensive which makes them unreliable when it comes to defending a score. If the pitch continues to offer good bounce and carry, it will be another high-scoring game and we reckon KKR will have a slight edge going into this match.

KKR to win the match

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