PBKS vs KOL Team Prediction: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 26 April 2021 (Ahmedabad). Andre Russel, KL Rahul, and Chris Gayle will be the best fantasy picks for this game.
Punjab Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the league match of IPL 2021, aka Indian Premier League, which will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Punjab Kings have won two of their five games, and they need to adapt to Ahmedabad’s condition. KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda have been scoring runs, whereas Chris Gayle also proved his class in the last game. The arrival of Ravi Bishnoi is a boost for the side, whereas Shami has been bowling well at the death.
Kolkata Knight Riders have now lost four games on the trot, and they would want to make a comeback. Nitish Rana has been their best batsman, whereas the rise of Pat Cummins and Andre Russel is a boost for this side. The middle-order of the side needs to step up.
Pitch Report – This pitch has a history of supporting the batsmen, but the pacers can move the ball in the powerplay overs. The average 1st innings batting score in the T20I games played here is 171 runs.
Total T20I Games: 5; Batting 1st Won: 2; Batting 2nd Won: 3
Match Details :
Time:- 7.30 PM, Stadium:- Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad; Live on Star Sports Network
Probable XI for both sides:-
Punjab Kings – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
Clean-Hitters in the Team
Punjab Kings – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, and Mayank Agarwal.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russel.
Death Overs Specialist Bowlers
Punjab Kings – Mohammad Shami
Kolkata Knight Riders – Pat Cummins
5 Must-Have Players in the Squad
Andre Russel, KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Pat Cummins, and Deepak Hooda.
PBKS vs KOL Team Wicket-Keeper
KL Rahul (Price 10.5) will be the wicket-keeper of our squad. KL Rahul has scored 221 runs at an average of 55.25 this season, whereas he won the orange cap of IPL 2020.
PBKS vs KOL Team Batsmen
Chris Gayle (Price 9.5) and Mayank Agarwal (Price 9) will be our batsmen from the Punjab Kings. Agarwal scored 424 runs in IPL 2020 at an average of 38.54, whereas Gayle scored 288 runs at an average of 44.14. Gayle has scored 119 runs this season, whereas Mayank has scored 130 runs.
Nitish Rana (Price 9) and Rahul Tripathi (Price 8) will be our batsmen from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Rana has scored 186 runs this season at an average of 37.20, whereas Tripathi has scored 127 runs at a strike rate of 142.69. Both of them are top-order players.
PBKS vs KOL Team All-Rounders
Andre Russel (Price 10.5) will be our all-rounder from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Russel has scalped seven wickets in the tournament, whereas he has scored 108 runs at a strike rate of 156.52. He has been batting well in the last couple of games.
Deepak Hooda (Price 8.5) will be our all-rounder from the Punjab Kings. Hooda has scored 109 runs at a strike rate of 162.68 this season, whereas he will bowl a few overs of spin.
PBKS vs KOL Team Bowlers
Mohammad Shami (Price 9) and Ravi Bishnoi (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Punjab Kings. Shami scalped 20 wickets last season, whereas Bishnoi scalped 12. Bishnoi has scalped a couple of wickets in one game this season, whereas Shami has scalped six wickets. Both of them are wicket-takers.
Pat Cummins (Price 9) and Varun Chakravarthy (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Cummins has scalped four wickets this season, whereas he has scored 82 runs with the bat. Varun has scalped six wickets, whereas his economy has been 8.05. Both of them are wicket-takers.
Match Prediction: Punjab Kings will be the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Andre Russel and KL Rahul
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Chris Gayle and Deepak Hooda
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Fantasy Team Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.