Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Betting Tips & Predictions

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The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a close defeat to the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday in a low-scoring thriller to check their momentum after a promising opening day win over the Chennai Super Kings.

The Punjab Kings (PBKS), meanwhile, were irrepressible in their five-wicket win over the same opponents in their only game of the IPL so far. Can they make it two from two? What are my Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings betting tips? Any hot bets? You find the best online cricket satar bazar in my full IPL betting preview below.

The game gets underway at 7:30 pm (IST) on Friday 1st April at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

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KKR vs PBKS Betting Odds

The PBKS come into this tie as favourites – and I have to agree with the bookmakers on today’s IPL betting odds.

Topping the list of my cricket predictions is a win for the PBKS. My colleague argues they have the best batting line-up in the Indian Premier League, and I concur. I fancy they will have too much for the KKR.

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Winner: PBKS 1.77 Pure Win
Toss: KKR 1.9 Betway
HOT BET! Liam Livingstone top PBKS batsman 5.0 10CRIC

KKR vs PBKS Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back Punjab Kings to win @ 1.77 with Pure Win.

When compiling my Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings match winner betting prediction, the first thing I am looking for is the strength in the batting line-up. They say catches win matches, but I subscribe to the guns mean runs philosophy – and the PBKS have a heavy artillery!

The KKR’s lightweight batting was exposed by the RCB on Wednesday – they failed to see out their 20 overs and were bowled out for 128. Five of their top six batsmen all reached double figures, but none could convert their starts into a meaningful score – Andre Russell top scoring with 25 runs.

Conversely, six of the seven PBKS batsmen that chased down 205 in their first match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore contributed healthy scores. A special mention to Odean Smith – the West Indies star effectively won the game for his side with an astonishing 25 runs from 8 balls at a strike rate of 312.50.

I just feel the PBKS have too much power in the shed – that’s why they are my win prediction! I will be backing my match prediction with Pure Win – they are one of the top online cricket betting sites in India and provide competitive odds and a great range of markets. Read our Pure Win review to find out more.

Today’s KKR vs PBKS Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Liam Livingstone to be the Punjab Kings’ top batter @ 5.0 with 10CRIC

The Lancastrian threatened to spark into life for the PBKS on Sunday, smashing two sixes on his way to hitting 19 from 10 balls.

Despite ultimately underperforming, there was enough in his innings to remind us why the PBKS spent so much money on the all-rounder. His career strike rate of 144 speaks for itself and his performance for the Southern Brave in The Hundred last summer (where he was player of the tournament) still sticks in my mind.

I think there is enough juice in the price for me to back him as top scorer for the PBKS against the KKR. I will be placing my bet with 10CRIC – they are one of the best betting sites for individual player markets and provide competitive odds.

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KKR Recent Form

Mixed. A promising opening day victory over defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been franked by a disappointing defeat to RCB on Wednesday.

I was critical of their batting unit above, but there are still some heavy hitters – the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, and Sam Billings are capable of providing the fireworks to drag their side to competitive totals.

It’s their bowling unit that delivers the most promise – Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Andre Russell, and Sunnil Narine reads like the international dream team it is! The irrepressible Yadav and Southee claimed five wickets for just 36 runs between them in an admirable effort to defend their meagre total.

If the Kolkata Knight Riders are to have a chance, they will need their bowlers to step up!

Team News

There are no new injury concerns after the defeat to the RCB – though observers remarked the failure of Andre Russell to complete four overs is problematic for the team. Could he be struggling with an injury?

Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins remain absent on international duty – they are missing the KKR’s first five matches of the IPL.

Player to Watch: Shreyas Iyer

After the elation of winning against the defending champions on captaincy debut, Iyer is now facing his first challenge as team leader. Can he galvanise his side to respond? Will his personal form pick up? Will he get the best out of his bowlers?

He is such a good batsman that it’s hard to ignore him in the Man of the Match stakes – I will be backing him to claim the MVP award at 8.0 with Betway.

KKR’s Likely XI

Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.

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PBKS’ Recent Form

There may only be one game to go off, but the Punjab Kings have laid down an early marker as a contender for this year’s IPL crown.

I thought they had one of the strongest IPL Mega Auctions of any side – you can read my full IPL Mega Auction breakdown here – and so far the new signings are looking the part.

The Knight Riders will provide a key litmus test – should they win, I predict the PBKS will build momentum and prove a tough team to stop.

Team News

The scary part about the PBKS team? They still have to welcome two of their biggest international stars – and one of them will be available for the clash against the Knight Riders.

Kagiso Rabada can play after returning from international duty and completing his three-day isolation period.

Jonny Bairstow, however, remains unavailable – he is on his way from the West Indies after his country’s disappointing test series defeat.

Player to Watch: Odeon Smith

What a way to mark your debut! When Odean Smith came to the crease, his team still required 50 runs from five overs, with just four wickets intact.

Smith went to work and 24 balls later, the game was over! His stunning 25 runs from 8 balls was enough to win him the Player of the Match award – deservedly so in the opinion of this writer.

It will be fascinating to see how he gets on here.

PBKS’ Likely XI

Shikar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Shahrukh, Odean Smith, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh.

Venue & conditions

The Wankhede Stadium hosts its third game of the IPL tournament . So far, the pitches have favoured the bowlers – there is yet to be a game at the venue this season where a team has scored more than 160 runs.

The weather in Mumbai will be extremely hot throughout Friday, with high humidity levels expected.

Despite the lack of runs so far, I can see Friday’s game being more of a run-fest because of the strength of batting on show.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Head-to-Head

The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings head to head record heavily stacks in favour of the former – with a 19-10 win record.

Typically, this is a fixture where the team batting last comes out on top – 18 of the 29 clashes between these two have been won by the chasing side.

Last season, the shares were spoiled. I am backing the Kings to draw first blood here.

KKR vs PBKS Head-to-Head IPL 2022

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Toss Prediction

It isn’t just the head to head record in which the Knight Riders dominate – they also have a distinct advantage at the coinflip too. They have won 17 of the 29 tosses between the two.

I am backing the KKR to continue that dominance with another win at the toss here.

KKR vs PBKS toss winner statistics IPL 2022

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
KKR 17 58.62%
Punjab 12 31.38%