Indian Super League 2021 Match 21
Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – April 26th
The Punjab Kings will enter into the match on the back of a spectacular win over the Mumbai Indians which saw them curb the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma to a below-par score. PBKS skipper KL Rahul then commanded the chase with a well-staged fifty, with Chris Gayle also getting some form in the middle.
Nevertheless, team stability is still a concern for the Punjab Kings, who might have to make a few alterations in personnel, given the shift in venue. However, PBKS have been reasonable with the ball in IPL 2021, with Arshdeep Singh being the best of the lot. With impetus on their side, the Punjab Kings will preferably like a victory as they look to maintain their test for an IPL 2021 playoff place.
Possible playing XI: KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Gayle, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Shami.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
In the Meantime, the Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered a disheartening campaign in IPL 2021 so far. Although they started their season with a modest win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Knight Riders have since squandered four games on the run. Their top order comprising of Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi has blown hot and cold, with skipper Eoin Morgan also striving for runs in the middle.
The onus will be on Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell to produce the goods with the bat if KKR are to come back to winning ways. Much is anticipated from their bowlers too, with only Varun Chakravarthy emphasizing for KKR. Given the situations in Ahmedabad, Kolkata will need the likes of Pat Cummins and perhaps Lockie Ferguson to blaze big time in what is a vital match for the former IPL champions.
Possible playing XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Ben Cutting/Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Prasidh Krishna, Pat Cummins and Shivam Mavi.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
As witnessed in the series between England and India last month, a good batting track summons at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Though the wicket is a bit on the slower side, there is plenty of swing and seam on offer to keep the bowlers concerned.
The size of the ground should also play into the batsmen’s hands, with running between the wickets being vital. Change of speed will be crucial for the pace bowlers.
Powerplay overs will yet again be important, given the field limitations. Dew could play a part in the second half, which may entice skippers into fielding first upon winning the toss. 175 should be par at the venue, with the wicket not anticipated to change much during the IPL 2021 match on Monday.
Although the Kolkata Knight Riders will be eager to come back to winning ways, they will start this game as underdogs. The Punjab Kings have done good in patches, but against Eoin Morgan and men, they will need to bring their A-game on the cards.
As known, neither side has precisely lit up IPL 14 to date and their collective performances are mirrored in the match odds. Punjab Kings shade at the odds of 1.76 with Kolkata Knight Riders trailing behind at 2.00. It is no doubt a tough call, but KKR has a good pace attack which may help them breeze through the game at Ahmedabad.
All in all, an entertaining match of cricket summons with both sides looking to keep their playoff dreams together as the Ahmedabad leg of IPL 2021 begins this Monday.