The Kolkata Knight Riders are set to clash with the Punjab Kings on the first of October, with everything on the line as both teams strive to qualify for the knock-out stage. It is shaping up to be a tense encounter, and anyone looking to have a flutter on the match can do so at many of the best cricket betting sites.
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|KKR vs PBKS Match Details|
|Time: 19:30 IST|
|Stadium: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
The second leg of the 2021 IPL , one of the top cricket tournaments is now in full swing, with the fixtures coming thick and fast. The event is now being staged in the UAE, as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have enjoyed much success over the years, however since the departure of talisman Gambhir in 2018, their fortunes have been slightly more mixed, as they failed to make the final stage in the last 2 editions.
KKR have looked impressive for much of the season, but have failed to fully capitalise on their strong performances so far. Their last ball loss in their recent match against CSK will have been particularly painful.
The Punjab Kings have a slightly weaker record overall, but there are some promising signs this time around.; new signing Nathan Ellis already looks at home in the IPL, and their nail biting win against Sunrisers Hyderabad will have given them a confidence boost. However if they are going to go far in the tournament they will need to get more out of their key players, as some of their star names such as Chris Gayle have been below their stellar best thus far.
Odds correct at the time of writing
KKR vs PBKS Betting Tips
The bookies are still drawing up their betting odds for KKR vs PBKS at the time of writing. We will updated you as soon as odds are released.
The pitch at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium tends to be relatively dry as a result of the Dubai heat, and sometimes has noticeable cracks that can assist the spin bowlers.
Occasionally the pitch is tinged with green, which can bring the seamers into the action, but in general it is not a track that helps fast bowlers, and the conditions are rarely favourable for swing.
For these reasons we feel it is unlikely that either side will be skilled out for a low score, although the venue is not know for huge totals either; the average 1st innings score in T20’s at the venue is a fairly middle-of-the-road 144, and for the second innings the average score is 122.
KKR vs PBKS Prediction
Cricket predictions are never easy to make, particularly between sides ass closely matched as these two teams, both of whom are fighting for a place in the play offs.
A lot may come down to the performance of both teams top batsmen. If KKR captain Eoin Morgan can hit his stride we could expect them to rack up an imposing total, but equally if Chris Gayle gets in and finds his old magic the PBKS batting line up could pose a substantial threat to any bowling attack.
With that said, we feel that the Kolkata Knight Riders are slight favourites for the game, as they have a stronger overall record, and they have looked impressive at times this tournament.
With both teams boasting some big hitters, we are expecting a relatively high scoring game, with both teams likely to pass the 150 mark.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Team News:
Eoin Morgan’s team recovered well from their final ball loss to CSK , as they claimed a victory against Delhi Capitals in their latest fixture. They put in a solid bowling display, reducing DC to a first innings score of just 127, a score which they chased down relatively comfortably with Nitish Rana top scoring with 36 from 27.
The Kolkata Riders will take some confidence from their bowling, in particular the impressive economy of Sunil Narine, who conceded just 18 runs from his 4 overs.
This win means they now have 3 wins and 2 losses in their last five games, and they are currently in 4th position so will be feeling confident going into the match against PBKS.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad:
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shakib al Hasan, Lockie Ferguson, , Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Sandeep Warrier, Shubman Gill, Tim Seifert, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee, Rahul Tripathi.
Our predicted line up:
- Shubman Gill
- Venkatesh Iyer
- Rahul Tripathi
- Eoin Morgan (C)
- Nitish Rana
- Andre Russell
- Dinesh Karthik (W)
- Sunil Narine
- Lockie Ferguson
- Prasidh Krishna
- Varun Chakravarthy
Punjab Kings Team News:
The Punjab Kings come into this match having won just 2 of their last 5 matches. Their performance in their most recent fixture against the Mumbai Indians will be of concern to PBKS fans, as they looked out of sorts with both bat and ball.
The one positive they can take from their most recent outing is the form of new signing Aiden Markram. The South African batsman has slotted right into their middle order, and his impressive 42 from 29 against the Mumbai Indians will give him great confidence going into the next game.
KL Rahul (C) (W), Arshdeep Singh Chris Gayle Chris Jordan Darshan Nalkande Deepak Hooda Harpreet Brar Ishan Porel Mandeep Singh Mayank Agarwal Mohammad Shami Murugan Ashwin Nicholas Pooran Prabhsimran Singh Ravi Bishnoi Sarfaraz Khan Dawid Malan Jhye Richardson Shahrukh Khan Riley Meredith Moises Henriques Jalaj Saxena Utkarsh Singh Fabian Allen Saurabh Kumar Adil Rashid Nathan Ellis Aiden Markram
Our predicted line up:
KL Rahul (Captain, WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Head-To-Head Record:
The Kolkata Knight Riders a dominant record against the Punjab Kings, having won 19 of the 28 matches. This reflects the overall fortunes of the two teams, with the Kolkata Knight Riders having been the stronger side overall for most of the IPL’s history.
|Played||Won by KKR||Won by PBKS||Tie||No Result||28||19||9||0||0|
Last 5 matches
|Date||Winner||Won by||Venue||26-Apr-2021||Kolkata Knight Riders||5 Wickets||Ahmedabad|
|26-Oct-2020||Punjab Kings||8 Wickets||Sharjah|
|10-Oct-2020||Kolkata Knight Riders||2 Runs||Abu Dhabi|
|3-May-2019||Kolkata Knight Riders||7 Wickets||Mohali|
|27-Mar-2019||Kolkata Knight Riders||28 Runs||Kolkata|
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Key Stats:
- 150: KKR spinner Sunil Narine became the first bowler to take 150 wickets for the Knight Riders in their recent match against the Chennai Super Kings
- 2: The Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL twice; first in 2012, then again in 2014 when they beat the Punjab Kings (then known as Kings XI Punjab)
- 14:The Kolkata Knight Riders hold the record for the longest T20 winning streak, with an incredible 14 wins in a row.
- 46.18: The IPL batting average of PBKS captain KL Rahul, the highest average of any player to have played more than 10 innings.
- 156.88: The IPL strike rate of PBKS batsman Nicholas Pooran, the fourth highest of any batsman to have faced at least 125 balls.
- 211: The highest T20 total registered at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Betting FAQs
When will the game take place?
The match is scheduled to start at 19:30 IST on the first of October.
Where will the match be held?
The match will be held at the recently constructed Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
What is the best way to bet on the match?
The sites listed above all provide a great betting experience. In particular if you are looking for the best apps for betting on the game we would highly recommend Dafabet.
How can I watch the match?
The match will be streamed by Disney+ Hotstar, YuppTV, and Star Sports, allowing you to watch the action live as well and be the first to know how your bets are playing out.
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