In the 53rd match of the IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) will square off at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday, May 8. The Knight Riders are in eighth position with four victories after 10 games; to have any hope of entering the playoffs, they must win their next four games. The Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match by protecting their total of 171 runs and won by five runs, including key innings from Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh. In the last over, Varun Chakravarthy held off nine runs and was named Player of the Match.
The Punjab Kings are presently ranked seventh in the points standings and have won five of their last 10 games. They scored 214 runs in their 20 overs against the Mumbai Indians in their most recent game, but they were still defeated. The team’s main contributors, Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma, contributed 119 runs for the fourth wicket. After losing an early wicket, Mumbai’s middle-order hitters contributed to the team’s ability to reach the mark with six wickets and seven balls remaining. In the end, Arshdeep Singh equaled the record for the most runs allowed in an innings by a Kings bowler by giving up 66 runs in his 3.5 overs.
In the IPL thus far, KKR and PBKS have squared off 31 times. KKR has won 20 games, but PBKS has only triumphed in 11. Three of the past five meetings between the Kings and Knight Riders have ended in victories for the Kings, including the season opener. In the match, PBKS won by seven runs using the DLS technique after scoring 191 runs while losing five wickets.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: Monday, May 08, 7:30 PM IST
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Pith Report:The Eden Gardens field in Kolkata has hosted 23 Twenty20 matches in the last three years. In these games, 176 runs have been scored on average in the first inning. In the forthcoming game, it is projected that the pitch will be favourable for batting. Here, pacers have been extremely effective, taking 67% of the wickets. The spinners, on the other hand, have only been successful in taking 33% of the wickets here during the last three years.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Kolkata Knight Riders:
RK Singh, JJ Roy, N Rana(C), AD Russell, SP Narine, VR Iyer, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Vaibhav Arora, H Rana
Shikhar Dhawan(C), Shahrukh Khan, SM Curran, R Dhawan, MW Short, LS Livingstone, P Simran Singh, JM Sharma(wk), RD Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh