PBKS vs KKR: In the second match of IPL 2023, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will look to find an outlet for a successful start to IPL 2022 after what felt like a torrid summer with minimal results for both teams.
Punjab Kings started their previous campaign on an all-time high by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in a curtain-raiser run-fest. Unsurprisingly, fortunes turned for both sides as RCB revived their campaign beautifully, and the Kings found themselves wallowing in the needless waters of despair.th 7 wins in the points table and a net run rate of +0.126.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, had a different campaign in 2021, where they finished as runners-up, and experienced a surprising dip in the form of their star players in 2021, who helped the team turn the tide in a significant way as they climbed from rock-bottom to top 2.
In a battle of two teams who are no strangers to the glitz and glamor of the tournament, they will be hoping to turn their fortunes around after a year-long hiatus where the challenges have been overwhelming and they will be looking to ride the high side of the tide with new powers.
One of the major challenges for KKR is the absence of captain Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out for at least the first half of the tournament. Nitish Rana’s presence under Nitish Rana is a different challenge, but Rana’s performances in the domestic circuit and his presence as captain of a Delhi team that has won 8 out of 12 games make him a respectable choice.
PBKS vs KKR: Pitch and Weather Report
The surface is a completeness to give. With an average score of 170 batting first, you can expect teams to score 200 on the card. Willow men have nothing to worry about.
It’s a bright and sunny day in Punjab and hopefully a cracker of a match will come your way. Humidity will certainly be an issue as the hot afternoon breezes are not kind to those delivering goods under the open sky.
PBKS vs KKR: Best Fantasy XI
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (cap), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Liam Livingston, Shah Rukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Liton Das, Nitish Rana (cap), Narayan Jagadeesan, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty
PBKS vs KKR – Who will win today’s match?
In 2022, in a hard-fought battle for one side and another to find momentum after a rude awakening, the scales must be straightened. KKR After their latest reinforcements and the kind of form their strike batters are finding themselves in.
PBKS vs KKR – Injury and News
Barring Shreyas Iyer, the rest of the players will be available for selection in the KKR fold, while Punjab Kings will come full circle for this match.