Punjab Kings
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Kolkata Knight Riders
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9-123
5-126
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Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 21st Match IPL 2021

26 Apr 2021, Narendra Modi Stadium, Indian Premier League 2021
Kolkata Knight Riders win by 5 wickets
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Current Batters
Eoin Morgan – 47(40)
Dinesh Karthik – 12(6)
Current BowlerArshdeep Singh – 2.4ov – 27/1
Current Run Rate7.56
TossKolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl.
Home TeamPunjab Kings
Score: 9-123 | Overs: 20.0
Away TeamKolkata Knight Riders
Score: 5-126 | Overs: 16.4
SeriesIndian Premier League 2021
UmpiresReiffel, P R
Barde, Y C
Ravi, S
Match RefereeBhatt, P J

Match Scorecard

1st Inn Kolkata Knight Riders
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Shubman Gill lbw: Shami 9 8 2 0 112.50
Nitish Rana c: Khan b: Henriques 0 1 0 0 0.00
Rahul Tripathi c: Khan b: Hooda 41 32 7 0 128.13
Sunil Narine c: Bishnoi b: Singh 0 4 0 0 0.00
Eoin Morgan not out 47 40 4 2 117.50
Andre Russell run out (Singh) 10 9 2 0 111.11
Dinesh Karthik not out 12 6 2 0 200.00
Total (16.4 Ov, RR: 7.56) 126/5
Fall of wickets: 2-9 (Shubman Gill, 1.5), 1-5 (Nitish Rana, 0.4), 4-83 (Rahul Tripathi, 10.6), 3-17 (Sunil Narine, 2.6), 5-98 (Andre Russell, 14.1)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Moises Henriques 1.0 0 5 1 5.00 0 0
Mohammed Shami 4.0 0 25 1 6.25 1 0
Arshdeep Singh 2.4 0 27 1 10.13 0 0
Ravi Bishnoi 4.0 0 19 0 4.75 0 0
Chris Jordan 3.0 0 24 0 8.00 0 0
Deepak Hooda 2.0 0 20 1 10.00 0 0
1st Inn Punjab Kings
BATSMEN R B 4s 6s SR
Lokesh Rahul c: Narine b: Cummins 19 20 2 1 95.00
Mayank Agarwal c: Tripathi b: Narine 31 34 1 2 91.18
Chris Gayle c: Karthik b: Mavi 0 1 0 0 0.00
Deepak Hooda c: Morgan b: Krishna 1 4 0 0 25.00
Nicholas Pooran b: Vinod 19 19 1 1 100.00
Moises Henriques b: Narine 2 3 0 0 66.67
Shahrukh Khan c: Morgan b: Krishna 13 14 0 1 92.86
Chris Jordan b: Krishna 30 18 1 3 166.67
Ravi Bishnoi c: Morgan b: Cummins 1 4 0 0 25.00
Mohammed Shami not out 1 2 0 0 50.00
Arshdeep Singh not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Total (20.0 Ov, RR: 6.15) 123/9
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Lokesh Rahul, 5.4), 4-60 (Mayank Agarwal, 11.2), 2-38 (Chris Gayle, 6.3), 3-42 (Deepak Hooda, 7.4), 6-79 (Nicholas Pooran, 14.2), 5-75 (Moises Henriques, 13.1), 7-95 (Shahrukh Khan, 17.2), 9-121 (Chris Jordan, 19.4), 8-98 (Ravi Bishnoi, 18.1)
BOWLING O M R W ECON WD NB
Shivam Mavi 4.0 0 13 1 3.25 1 0
Pat Cummins 3.0 0 31 2 10.33 1 0
Sunil Narine 4.0 0 22 2 5.50 0 0
Prasidh Krishna 4.0 0 30 3 7.50 2 0
Andre Russell 1.0 0 2 0 2.00 0 0
Varun Chakravarthy 4.0 0 24 1 6.00 0 0

Match Prediction

The Chennai and Mumbai legs are done and dusted and one half of the IPL 2021 caravan moves to Ahmedabad. Both Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played their first five games at these two venues – KKR played three in Chennai and two in Mumbai while it was vice-versa for Punjab. And both teams haven’t had the best of first halves this season.

PBKS may be the happier side coming into this game as they beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the last game but there is a lot of work to do for them. If the famed top three fail, the batting falls off the cliff and it’s already happened twice which resulted in paltry totals. Shahrukh Khan has shown promise but the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda (who was superb in the first game) need to be contribute a lot more.

The Punjab bowling was very impressive in the last game but they will constantly be put under pressure. The inclusion of Ravi Bishnoi seems to have added some teeth to a rather indifferent bowling attack. They will need shrug off the inconsistency and the execution and control will need to get better.

Meanwhile, things have gone downhill for KKR ever since they couldn’t chase down 31 runs off the last five overs against MI. That was their second game of the tournament and they had already registered a 10-run win in their tournament opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). That loss against MI from a commanding position would’ve hurt and KKR haven’t recovered since. They lost Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while chasing big targets (both in excess of 200) before being outplayed by Rajasthan Royals (RR) in all three departments.

The bowling has blown hot and cold a touch but it is the batters that have disappointed. The lack of runs from Shubman Gill and Eoin Morgan alongside the inconsistency of the KKR middle-order has cost them quite a bit. The Eoin Morgan-led side next face a side they have enjoyed playing against. KKR have won 18 games against Punjab while the latter have manged just nine. Thus, KKR will hope to take some positive from that head to head stat.

Team Pld Won Lost Tied N/R Net RR Pts
1 Delhi Capitals 8 6 2 0 0 0.547 12
2 Chennai Super Kings 7 5 2 0 0 1.263 10
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 7 5 2 0 0 -0.171 10
4 Mumbai Indians 7 4 3 0 0 0.062 8
5 Rajasthan Royals 7 3 4 0 0 -0.19 6
6 Punjab Kings 8 3 5 0 0 -0.368 6
7 Kolkata Knight Riders 7 2 5 0 0 -0.494 4
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 1 6 0 0 -0.623 2

Team News

Team news: Punjab Kings

PBKS have no injury concerns and all the players are fit and available for this game. They replaced Murugan Ashwin with Ravi Bishnoi and the latter was mighty impressive. Moreover, their fifth bowling option might be a concern but KL Rahul and co are unlikely to change a winning combination.

Team news: Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR don’t have any injury worries and all the players will be available for this game. They might look to make a tactic change according to the pitch in Ahmedabad. Harbhajan Singh might slot back in and he may replace one of the Indian pacers Shivam Mavi or Prasidh Krishna if the 22-yard surface dished out is on the drier side.

Predicted XI

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi/Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna

Key players

Chris Gayle: It’s been a slightly up and down tournament for Chris Gayle so far. The Universe Boss who has been batting at No. 3 since the last IPL season has had a couple of scores of 40s while three in the teens. He played a nice, adaptive knock against MI in the last game and his unbeaten 43 helped PBKS get over the line.

Gayle will continue to be the key for Punjab going forward and his role in the middle overs, upping the ante will be critical. He has an excellent record against his first IPL side, KKR against whom he has amassed 700 runs at an average of 46.67 and a strike-rate of 152.17.

Shubman Gill: It hasn’t been a great start to this IPL 2021 for Shubman Gill. The 21-year-old opening batsman has mustered just 80 runs in five innings with a highest of 33. He has got a few solid starts but he has failed to kick on and get those big scores. Thus, KKR will be hoping that Gill can roar back into form soon.

He is crucial at the top of the order and if he can set the tone early on, it makes the job easier for the power-packed middle-order. What might help is KKR’s next opponents – PBKS against whom Gill has an excellent record. Gill has smashed three half-centuries in his last three knocks against Punjab and has been dismissed only twice in five innings.

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