PBKS vs KKR: After breaking the order of defeat in 3 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.
Punjab started the tournament with a win but after that, they lost in 3 consecutive matches. The team, however, managed to break the order of defeat by defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets on Friday. The team will now look to win against KKR, who have lost their last 4 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 is 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 Mohammed Shami (2 for 21) played a key role in the team’s win against Mumbai, while young Arshdeep Singh also performed consistently with six wickets in five matches. are doing.
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 innings.
In the bowling department, Andre Russell, Varun Chakraborty, and the famous 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.
PBKS vs KKR Match Preview: Full Squads
Punjab Kings: Lokesh Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabhasimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshadip Singh, Ishan Borrell, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, David Malan, Jhay Richardson, Shah Rukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, and Saurabh Kumar.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narayan, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Famous Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, and Pawan Negi.
Timing: The match will start at 7:30 pm.