PBKS vs KKR T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips, IPL 2023
Match 2 of the 2023 Indian Premier League sees Punjab Kings go head to head with Kolkata Knight Riders. This game sees last year’s sixth placed team take on the seventh placed side with the Kings finishing only two points above the Knight Riders. Both will be targeting the play-offs ahead of this year’s tournament. This match gets underway at the Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium at 15:30 local time.
Punjab Kings have finished in sixth place for the last four seasons but look to have recruited a really strong squad ahead of this campaign. They should have enough talent to get off to a winning start in this match.
Kolkata Knight Riders do look a little light in terms of their batting ahead of this new campaign. We expect them to struggle in this opening game.
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders T20 Live Streaming
TV channels: Live action will be available on the Star Sports Network (India), Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sports (UK), Willow TV (US)
IPL 2023 Live Streaming: Live action of PBKS vs KKR can be watched on Jio Cinema in India.
PBKS vs KKR Match Toss Prediction
With 61.2% of T20 games won by teams batting second at this venue, we predict that both captains will want to field first ahead of this match.
PBKS vs KKR, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Pitch Report
There is always something in this pitch for batters as well as quick and spin bowlers. A par total in this game will be around 175-180.
Mohali Weather Report
Looking at the weather forecast, we can expect rain to disrupt the game at Mohali. There is a 45-50% chances of rainfall shown in the weather prediction and the wind speed is expected to be around 11 km/h. The temperature will hover around 22°C.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2023
PBKS Team News & Playing 11
PBKS Team News
With Liam Livingstone injured and Kagiso Rabada on international duty with South Africa, Punjab Kings will not be at their best in this match. However, they have a fine group of overseas players to select from ahead of their opening game of IPL 2023.
PBKS Key Players
- Shikhar Dhawan- only Virat Kohli has scored more IPL runs than the Punjab Kings skipper. He has hit the most fours of any player in the history of the competition.
- Sam Curran- the short left-handed batting and bowling all-rounder won the Player of the Series Award in the 2022 T20 World Cup. He is a natural stroke maker.
- Arshdeep Singh- the left-arm pace bowler enjoyed a very strong start to international cricket last year and has taken 28 wickets across the last two IPLs.
PBKS Team Form
Punjab Kings struggled for consistency across the campaign in 2022 but did win three of their final five matches in the competition.
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PBKS Predicted Playing 11
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Harpreet Singh, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Raj Bawa
KKR Team News & Playing 11
KKR Team News
With Bangladesh completing their IT20 series with Ireland on Friday, Kolkata Knight Riders will be without the talented keeper-batter Litton Das and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for this game. Captain, Shreyas Iyer, is out of this and future games with a persistent back injury.
KKR Key Players
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz- the Afghanistan opener is from a generation of players who only know how to attack in this format of the game. He is yet to play in the IPL and will be excited about making an impact in this game.
- Shardul Thakur- the bowling all-rounder has become a consistent international performer for India over recent years. He has 82 wickets across his IPL career.
- Lockie Ferguson- the New Zealand right-arm fast bowler has had injury problems over recent years but comes into this game without any niggles or injuries.
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KKR Team Form
Kolkata Knight Riders had a very bad run during the middle section of the 2022 competition, losing five successive games. However, they ended the season with three wins from their final five matches.
KKR Predicted Playing 11
N Jagadeesan (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
PBKS vs KKR Head to Head
Kolkata Knight Riders lead the overall head to head 30-20 and came out on top in the only clash between the sides in 2022. That game was also played on April 1st with the Kings losing by six wickets.
PBKS vs KKR Head to Head Stats in T20's
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PBKS vs KKR Betting Odds
According to the bookies, there is not a huge amount to choose between the two teams. However, they have Punjab Kings as the favourites to win this game.
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Who will win Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders T20 Match?
Both teams will not be at their strongest in this fixture with some key players unavailable. With this in consideration, we expect Punjab Kings to be the top team on Saturday.