Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions

PBKS vs KKR Betting Tips & Predictions IPL 2021
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Last updated on 25th April 2021

Published: 25/04/2021

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Punjab Kings will look to continue their on their winning journey when they face a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2021 on Monday, April 26.

The match is scheduled for a 7:30 pm IST start at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

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Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders betting predictions

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This is one of those games that is a bit too close to call. Kolkata are on a four-match losing streak while Punjab just found their bearings after a hat-trick of defeats.

That said, we are going with Punjab on this one because they are looking slightly better than KKR as a whole right now.

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Match Winner: Punjab 1.53 Betway
Toss Winner: Punjab 1.90 10CRIC
PBKS Total Sixes: Over 6.5 1.90 Betway
HOT BET! Varun Chakravarthy to be KKR Top Bowler 4.00 10CRIC

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Punjab Kings Team Logo for the IPL match with Kolkata Knight Riders

Punjab Team News

Punjab Kings are coming in this match after a much-needed win in the IPL 2021. They most recently beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets in a match largely set up their bowlers.

Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammad Shami saw the crucial wickets and thus restricting MI to a low total. When PBKS boys came on to bat, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul made sure of the win.

Punjab would be pleased with this result, seeing that their bowling and batting are falling into place quite nicely. Gayle’s 43 not out in the previous game is surely a sign of good things to come.

The real challenge for the team, however, is to pick the right combination of players for the pitch in Ahmedabad. The ground is expected to favour the batsmen and PBKS are likely to go with their strongest batting line-up.

We may also see Dawid Malan play in his maiden IPL match, seeing that Nicholas Pooran is yet to prove his worth to the team. Plus, Malan has batted on the Motera pitch before during the India-England series. Jhye Richardson or Riley Meredith may also get a nod for Monday’s match.

Likely XI: Agarwal, Rahul, Malan, Gayle, Hooda, Henriques, Khan, Jordan, Ashwin, Singh, Shami

Punjab Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders IPL Team News

Kolkata Team News

The nightmare continues for Brendon McCullum’s Kolkata Knight Riders who have now lost four matches consecutively. As a result, they are at the bottom place in the table with 2 points, in comparison to Punjab’s fifth place.

They were last beaten by Rajasthan Royals on Saturday by 6 wickets in a futile attempt to defend a low total of 133 runs. The match before, they had lost while chasing a huge target of 221 runs.

The problem with KKR lies in their top order batting – Shubham Gill is yet to make an impression while Nitish Rana continues to be the driving force in batting, assisted by Rahul Tripathi.

Eoin Morgan will be crucial to the team’s success here and having batted on this pitch before, he will be expected to play the captain’s innings.

Expect some change in the batting, possibly the replacement of Gill by some of the other players in the side. As for the bowling, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Seifert serve as viable alternatives.

Likely XI: Gill, Rana, Tripathi, Morgan, Karthik, Narine, Russell, Cummins, Nagarkoti, Chakravarthy, Krishna

Venue & conditions

The Motera Stadium is holding its first IPL game and the frame of reference will be the five T20 matches it hosted during the India-England series earlier this year.

The ground has seen scores as high as 224 and totals as low as 124 while teams batting first have won just twice. In both those cases, the defending totals were over 180 runs.

Dew is also likely to be a factor, this being an evening match. Teams would ideally prefer to chase rather than defend on this pitch.

PBKS vs KKR Head-to-Head

Kolkata hold a massive lead over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, having won five of their last six meetings.

The 2020 edition saw both the teams take a win each over the two legs.

PBKS vs KKR IPL 2021 H2H Stats

Toss Winner

KKR also lead the way when it comes to the toss, having won 16 out of 27 times. Since we are backing Punjab here, let’s go all the way and back them to win the toss too.

PBKS vs KKR Coin Toss 2021 IPL Stats

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
Punjab 11 40.74%
Kolkata 16 59.26%

Punjab vs Kolkata Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back PBKS to win @ 1.87 with Betway

Going purely by the player quality, Punjab Kings are considerably ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders. After all, they have the world’s best T20 batsman Dawid Malan, alongside KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Mayank Agarwal.

There is an equally formidable bowling line-up too, with the likes of Richardson, Meredith, and Shami, and Singh. And then there are other T20 specialists like Moises Henriques and Fabian Allen.

They are also riding high on confidence after picking up a win over the giants like Mumbai Indians.

Meanwhile, KKR are banking upon the local talents to get the job done and so far, they have been unsuccessful. They are not clicking at the moment and are in real trouble. For them to win, their bowlers and batsmen need to step up and rise to the occasion.

In this regard, Punjab have had better luck, especially in games where they have performed well with the bat and ball.

Combined with the fact that the pitch in Ahmedabad is likely to favour batsmen, Punjab get the obvious nod here.

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Punjab Total Sixes: Over 6.5

Recommended Bet: PBKS Total Sixes: Over 6.5 @ 1.90 with Betway

Let’s look at the numbers – in their last three matches, Punjab Kings have hit a total of 18 sixes – 6 in the win over Mumbai Indians and 10 against Delhi Capitals.

Given their batting depth and the presence of big names, hitting over 6.5 sixes in 20 overs is certainly not that difficult, especially with Gayle, Rahul, or Agarwal manage to find their rhythm quickly.

Today’s PBKS vs KKR Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Varun Chakravarthy to be KKR Top Bowler @ 4.0 with 10CRIC

Chakravarthy has taken six wickets in five games and has proven himself to be a rather consistent player.

He often takes wickets and bowls out his entire spell; in the last game against Rajasthan, he had picked up two wickets to be the team’s best bowler for the day.

Between him, Krishna, and Pat Cummins, we are going with Chakravarthy for he is available at attractive odds.

Punjab vs Mumbai Fun Statistics

  • Gayle has hit 54 sixes against KKR – the most by any player against the Kolkata outfit
  • Harbhajan Sing has dismissed Gayle five times in his career and an economy of 6 against the Jamaican
  • Sunil Narine has picked up 28 wickets in this fixture – the highest by any player in the two teams
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