IPL 2023: KKR vs PBKS, Match Prediction and more details

KKR is looking for a win to stay in the race of playoffs. Eden Gardens will host the KKR vs PBKS match. KKR lost in the previous clash between the two sides.

Kolkata Knight Riders have 8 points in 10 games while the Punjab Kings are tied on 10 points with 4 teams. KKR comes into the game on a back of a win while their opponents PBKS suffered a loss from the Mumbai Indians. Here is all you need to know before the KKR vs PBKS match.

KKR has had a poor run leading into this game. In their last 7 matches, they have won only 2 games. They have lost their last three matches even in their home ground in Kolkata. Kolkata has fared poorly in the fast bowling department while they would be delighted with the returns that their spinners are getting. In their last game, Varun Chakaravarthy successfully defended 9 runs in the last over. No other spinner has successfully defended less than 10 runs in the final over in Indian Premier League history. KKR would need to win their next 4 matches to enter the playoffs. 

PBKS has also had a below-par performance with the ball just like KKR. They have conceded more than 200 runs consecutively in their last 4 games. Kolkata who has been poor at their home venue will need to pull up their socks against a PBKS side who has been excellent away from home. In their 5 away matches, they have won 4 times. Their batting has shielded them from losses this season. As in the last 4 matches even though they have conceded more than 200 runs their batting has stepped up and has helped them in getting two victories. It will be a tough challenge for the PBKS batting lineup against a potent spin department of KKR.

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KKR vs PBKS Match Details

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Match 53, IPL 2023

Venue:

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date & Time: 

Monday, May 8, 7:30 PM 

Telecast & Streaming Details: 

Star Sports Network and JioCinema

KKR vs PBKS Pitch Report:

Three of the four games at Eden Gardens this season that have been played have been won by teams batting first. Teams batting first have scored more than 200 runs on three occasions, while the season’s average first-innings total is 211. Therefore, the captain who chooses to bat first will want to score a high total and put the opposition under pressure.

KKR vs PBKS Probable Playing XIs

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):

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

Punjab Kings (PBKS):

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

KKR vs PBKS Probable Best Performers

Probable Best Batter

Liam Livingstone:

In the first five innings of the season, Livingstone has amassed 157 runs, with an average of 39.25 and a strike rate of 163.54. He played a brilliant innings in the last game against MI, scoring 82* off 42 balls. He played an outstanding 40 off 24 balls earlier against CSK. During tonight’s clash, Livingstone will once again prove to be difficult to be dismissed by KKR.

Probable Best Bowler

Varun Chakravarthy:

With 14 wickets from 10 games, Chakravarthy leads KKR in wicket-taking for the current season. He won the match with a 1/20 spell in four overs during the previous match against SRH, earning him Player of the Match honours. The mystery spinner will be hoping to bowl his team to victory against PBKS after having already won two Player of the Match awards this season.

KKR vs PBKS Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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