The IPL 2021 season, the 14th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 21st match on 26th April when Punjab Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
After three back to back losses, PBKS bounced back strong against defending champions MI with a stunning 9-wicket victory, courtesy of brilliant bowling performance that halted Rohit Sharma and company’s total at 131 runs.
Both Shami and Bishnoi picked two wickets each, added with economic figures from Hooda and Henriques. The easy target of 132 was a walk in the park for the har hitting PBKS batting order KL Rahul’s 60-off-52 and Chris Gayle’s 43-off-35 got them to the target score in the 18th over.
Full Squad: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Things aren’t so bright in the KKR dressing room. They are on a four game losing streak and their latest disappointment was against RR where KKR was only able to reach a total of 133 runs.
The bowling squad failed to contain Rajasthan as they picked up a 6-wicket victory as KKR dropped to the bottom of the table with a -0.675 NRR.
Full Squad: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Karun Nair, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Tim Seifert, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Waging Odds: Punjab Kings (1.88) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2.02)
Punjab Kings are priced at 1.88 and are the favourites. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹188 if they come out as winners.
Kolkata Knight Riders are the underdogs and are priced at 2.02, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹202.
It will be the first game of IPL 2021 set at the Motera stadium, which is known to be a batting-friendly pitch as it was seen during the IND vs ENG T20I series. While KKR’s batting has been irregular, PBKS has proven to be a high-scoring side in multiple times this year with the likes of Rahul and Gayle in their ranks.
Regarding bowling, both sides have beem showing similar performances and considering the Motera pitch behavious remains the same, the chasing side is likely to have the edge but the odds will be on PBKS’ end.
It will be a victory for Punjab Kings.