Prediction for the match
After a win against the David Warner-captained Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), KKR have lost four in a row. The Knights are next set to face the Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Monday, April 26 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.The PBKS, in the meantime, would be high on confidence after they beat the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) by nine wickets with 14 balls left at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. KL Rahul’s men would now want to garner back-to-back wins.While it's difficult to predict which team could have the upper hand on this brand-new surface, PBKS, with their winning momentum, start as the marginal favourites. They look more settled as a team, and if their top order fires, they'll fancy their chances of beating a struggling KKR team.
Avg first inning score: 171 runs ( 5 T20I matches played here.)
Records of chasing team:
Won - 3
Lost - 2
Tied - 0
Final Prediction: The team, bat second to win the match.
1) If PBKS won the toss and bowl first, KKR could score 160-180 runs and PBKS to win the match.
2) If KKR won the toss and bowl first, PBKS could score 165-185 runs and KKR to win the match.
KL Rahul to be the best batsman from PBKS.
KL Rahul has reasonable numbers against the Kolkata-based franchise in the IPL. In nine innings, the right-hander has notched 297 runs at an average and strike rate of 37.13 and 147.76 respectively.The Bangalore-born also has four half-centuries to go with the highest score of 74. In the ongoing tournament, he has scored 221 runs at an average and strike rate of 55.25 and 133.13 respectively.
After breaking the order of defeat in Ahmedabad three matches, the Punjab Kings team will try to maintain the winning momentum against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League here on Monday. Priti Zinta-owned Punjab started the tournament with a win but then suffered a loss in three consecutive matches. The team, however, managed to break the order of defeat by defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets on Friday. The team will now go on to win against Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR, which has lost their last four matches.
Punjab's batting order is strong and captain Lokesh Rahul is one of the players who have consistently performed well on behalf of the team. He played an important role in the team's victory by scoring an unbeaten 60 against Mumbai, his third half-century in five matches. Opener Mayank Agarwal is also in good form, while Universe boss Chris Gayle signaled his return to form by playing an unbeaten 43 against Mumbai which is good news for the Punjab team.
However, if Punjab are to win consistently, Deepak Hooda will have to improve his performance, failing to replicate a good performance in one match in the rest of the matches. The final XI is in danger of replacing Nicholas Pooran, who has managed just nine runs in four innings and failed to open the account in three matches during this period. Punjab bowlers proved to be quite expensive in the initial matches and performed well in the last match.
Ravi Bishnoi (2 for 21) and India's senior fast bowler Mohammad Shami (2 for 21) played a key role in the team's win against Mumbai, while young Arshdeep Singh also performed well by taking six wickets in five matches. Have been. On the other hand, KKR's team playing under the captaincy of England World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan has failed to improve the performance. The team suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Royals in the previous match.
If KKR is to break the order of defeat, then their batsmen will have to perform better. The team's top order has failed to meet expectations. Nitish Rana has hit two half-centuries while Dinesh Karthik has played some good innings but has been disappointed by other batsmen. Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten 66 against Chennai Super Kings but could not win the team. The team will however expect a better performance from the specialist batsmen.
Gill and Morgan are struggling with bad form and their form will be important for the team. Gill has managed just 80 runs in five innings while Morgan has scored just 45 runs in five innings. Sunil Narine was sent up the batting order twice but the West Indies batsman managed to play only four and six runs. In the bowling department, Andre Russell, Varun Chakraborty and renowned Krishna have performed well and have taken seven, six and five wickets so far. Cummins, however, has not been able to perform as expected and has managed to take just four wickets in five matches.
Timing: April 26th 2021, 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT.
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
The pitch in Ahmedabad has been suitable for batting. The five-match T20I series between India and England took place at the venue and it turned out to be a high-scoring series.
The track isn’t expected to change nature and therefore batting second should be the way forward. The temperature will be around 37 degrees Celsius. The skies will be clear with no chances of rain.
PBKS seem to have found their best combination in Chennai, but their season now shifts to Ahmedabad. So, they may think about making one or two changes if the current set up fails. Ravi Bishnoi, who didn't play the first four games of the season, made an immediate impact in the victory over MI, making him undroppable. With Deepak Hooda also being used as a bowler, one change they may think about making is replacing Fabian Allen, who was a tad expensive last time out. Chris Jordan could be the one Rahul and co bring into the side. The rest of the team may remain unchanged from their last outing in the IPL 2021 bar an injury.
Possible XI: KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi
Bench: Mandeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Saurabh Kumar, Prabhsimran Singh, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Utkarsh Singh, Riley Meredith, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Murugan Ashwin
Kolkata Knight Riders>>
KKR will be one of the sides that will definitely look to ring some changes to stop their poor run. Aside Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripath, the rest of the top order including opener Shubman Gill and skipper Eoin Morgan have failed to get amongst the runs. The options they have on the bench are Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Sheldon Jackson. However, they may persist with the same opening pair for now. The other changes KKR may make, is in the bowling department as they may look to bring in Lockie Ferguson into the line-up and that could be at the expense of Sunil Narine, who can also be replaced by Shakib Al Hasan as a like for like overseas replacement. They also have an option of all-rounder Ben Cutting on the bench.
Possible XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Vaibhav Arora, Sandeep Warrier, Harbhajan Singh, Shakib Al Hasan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti