Match Preview

Punjab Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Match 45 of IPL 2021 on 1 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The two teams had fairly comparable campaigns, and it would be intriguing to watch how they fare in the forthcoming match. KKR have won 5 of their 11 games and are in a stronger position to advance to the next round if they win their remaining 3 games. With four wins out of 11 games, the KL Rahul-led team may reach a maximum of 14 points at this moment. As a result, they don’t just need to win games; they also need to keep an eye on the net run rate.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35° C


Total matches                                   61

Matches won batting first                34

Matches won bowling first              26

Average 1st Inns scores                 144

Average 2nd Inns scores                122

Highest total recorded                    211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs PAK

Lowest total recorded                     71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                     183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                  134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) KL Rahul – The right-handed batsman is tall, elegant player who can keep wicket in a crisis. His technique has benefitted PBKS in the first half of IPL. He is a must pick for the next match. He made 21 runs and took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 162

Runs – 5264

Average – 42.45

2) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He gave a decent performance in the first half of the IPL 2021 and is looking for more in the second half.

Matches – 321

Runs – 6221

Average – 27.40

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Eoin Morgan – He’s developed a reputation as a creative and free-striking middle-order batsman, particularly in shorter formats. A dangerous middle order batsman on his day and a more than astute player, Eoin is a vital cog in KKR’s cricket fortunes.

Matches – 341

Runs – 7352

Average – 26.63

2) Chris Gayle – He is regarded as one of the most brutal cricket ball batters of all time. His long reach enables him to get to the pitch of the change-up full deliveries, which he carves back over the bowler’s head with ease.

Matches – 448

Runs – 14276

Average – 36.79                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3) Aiden Markram – Markram has a calm head on his shoulders with outstanding poise and attention, and a crafty-yet-airtight technique that he can adapt as needed. He is primarily an off-side player with a compact opener’s technique and has a larger shot repertoire. He made 27 runs in his last match.

Matches – 62

Runs – 1519

Average – 31.64

4) Shubhman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 62

Runs – 1449

Average – 30.82

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mohammad Shami – He is a right arm fast medium bowler who is fast proving to be one of the stand-out and versatile performers in the Indian squad.

Matches – 109

Wickets – 125

Economy – 8.34

2) Varun Chakravarthy – He has significantly rebuilt his action and added additional elements to his bowling. He has proved to be an asset to his team so far.

Matches – 28

Wickets – 31

Economy – 6.80

3) Lockie Ferguson  The right arm fast bowler is quick with his good bouncer and his speed has made him a valuable player in his squad. He is considered as a major weapon in T20 and ODI format. He took a wicket in his last match.

Matches – 80

Wickets – 88

Economy – 7.52

4) Arshdeep Singh – Arshdeep is a left-arm pacer from Punjab who wowed everyone with his pace and control with the new ball in the last two games of the tournament.

Matches – 27

Wickets – 35

Economy – 8.02

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Deepak Hooda – Hooda has experience on his side, and there is always a desire for a lower-order batsman who can also bowl in his team. Hooda’s incredible ability to clear the fence earned him respect in the IPL.

Matches – 134

Runs – 1875

Average – 21.80

Wickets – 17

Economy – 7.91

2) Sunil Narine – The left-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler is a valuable allrounder for KKR and a precise, experienced player in this format. He played excellent innings in the first half of the IPL and is still expected to retain the form in the second half too.

Matches – 377

Runs – 2376

Average – 15.03

Wickets – 418

Economy – 6.04

Predicted Playing 11

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh/ Mayank Agarwal/ Shahrukh Khan, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakaravarthy


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Poll Winning Percentage

Punjab Kings – 51%

Kolkata Knight Riders – 49%