The Kolkata Knight Riders were knocked out by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous match and now face the Punjab Kings in this one. The Punjab Kings smashed the RCB bowling to all parts of the ground, which was impressive. Is IPL 2022 going to be their year, or will they struggle to stay consistent?
KKR began the season with a win over CSK in the tournament opener, but they were defeated by RCB in their second game in a low-scoring thriller. PBKS, on the other hand, won their first game against RCB in spectacular fashion while chasing a large target. Both teams have been outstanding in the league thus far and will look to maintain their momentum in this match.
The 8th match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings will take place on April 1st, 2022 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, 8th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 1, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Team Previews
In their previous match, KKR went hard against RCB and ended up losing a few too many wickets. However, that appears to be the approach that the team is committed to, and we do not anticipate any throttling back in the next match. Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer, on the other hand, may be told to get more aggressive in the powerplay overs.
In the previous match, KKR’s batting lineup appeared to be out of sync. Venkatesh Iyer may have some concerns about facing the short ball, Ajinkya Rahane is playing outside his comfort zone, and Nitish Rana has yet to get going.
There will be a lot of pressure on Sam Billings and Shreyas Iyer, especially if Andre Russell is unable to play in this game.
Umesh Yadav has been fantastic with the new ball so far, making an early impact in both of his matches. With the new ball, he has more bounce and movement, making him very dangerous. Tim Southee should retain his starting spot, while Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy are also reliable on most days.
KKR’s issue appears to be that the dew makes their spinners less effective than they would like. Also, if Russell is unavailable, their replacement must be a bowler. Chamika Karunaratne, who bowls and can hit a long ball, could be a possible replacement.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson(wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Rasikh Salam, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar
Predicted XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings/Chamika Karunaratne, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
The Punjab Kings would have been ecstatic to get off to a winning start, chasing down 205 with one over to spare. The team only used three foreign players in the previous game, but with Kagiso Rabada available for selection, we expect them to use four. Sandeep Sharma is the most likely player to be left out unless the Punjab Kings decide to go with just one spinner.
The Punjab Kings’ batting lineup is loaded. Mayank Aggarwal and Shikhar Dhawan are an excellent opening pair, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa demonstrated his T20 prowess in the previous match. There is no shortage of six-hitting prowess in this lineup, with Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, and Odean Smith in the lineup.
Raj Bawa may not have bowled a ball or scored a run in the previous match, but he is a dangerous all-rounder who we expect to see more of soon.
Kagiso Rabada’s availability will significantly improve the bowling lineup. He is one of the best IPL bowlers in recent memory, and he will enjoy the bounce that the Wankhede Stadium provides.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Atharva Taide, Prerak Mankad, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Singh
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar/Raj Bawa, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Toss Prediction
Chasing is the best option because teams haven’t been confident in any of the targets set in previous matches. So far this season, chasing teams have a 5-1 win-loss record.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Wankhade is a slightly balanced pitch that has something for both bowlers and batsmen. Teams have lost wickets in the powerplay as the ball swings and seams around. In this match, we anticipate a score of 160-180 runs.
The weather in Mumbai will be bright and sunny, with no weather disruptions expected during the match. Dew could arrive in the second inning and cause significant problems for the bowlers’ grip on the ball.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings Match Prediction
We’re going to put our money on the Punjab Kings to win. Both teams play aggressively, as current T20 standards require, but we believe the Punjab Kings have more ammunition to carry out that strategy successfully. Their bowling attack will be bolstered by the addition of Kagiso Rabada, while KKR may have to adjust to the loss of Andre Russell.
Punjab Kings is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.70.
- So far, KKR has two points from two matches, with a win and a loss.
- PBKS bowlers took only two wickets in their one game, whereas KKR bowlers took 12 wickets in two games.
- Punjab Kings’ batting lineup is more potent.