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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings IPL Tips - Red corner likely to slam more sixes
- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings IPL match predictions to be played in Kolkata on Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm IST
- Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the most 6s in 5 of their last 6 IPL matches at this venue against Punjab Kings
- Punjab Kings have struck the most 6s in 5 of their last 8 IPL matches
- Punjab Kings have lost 8 of their 11 matches here against Kolkata Knight Riders
- Can the two struggling teams rise up and provide a thriller?
Can the struggling Kolkata and Punjab rise up to provide a tight match? (Getty Images)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings IPL
With only two points separating Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings in what is proving to be a tight points table, their clash could be worth more than two points. This IPL 2023 match #53 will be played at the Eden Gardens on Monday from 7:30pm onwards.
- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings IPL
- Head to Head
- Kolkata Knight Riders Form
- Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
- Punjab Kings Form
- Punjab Kings Team News
Kolkata Knight Riders are in the do-or-die scenario and can’t afford another loss that would push them closer to the bottom-half. As for Punjab, the tightness of the top-half of the table means that a win could take them closer to the top-three teams. My pick is in the sixes market though with Punjab Kings striking the most 6s of the match.
- Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the most 6s in 5 of their last 6 matches at this venue to Punjab Kings (IPL)
- Punjab Kings have struck the most 6s in 5 of their last 8 matches (IPL)
- Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the most powerplay runs in 8 of their last 10 matches (IPL)
- Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their last 3 matches at this venue (IPL)
- Punjab Kings have lost 8 of their 11 matches at this venue against Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL)
Head to Head
These sides have met 31 times in the Indian Premier League so far with 20 wins for Kolkata and 11 wins for Punjab. The record is even more formidable at home with eight wins and three losses for Punjab.
When these sides last met, it was the second match of the season and Punjab won by seven runs (DLS method). They posted 191/5 with Bhanuka Rajapaksa scoring 50, but before rain arrived in the chase Arshdeep Singh picked up three wickets to derail the Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders Form
Kolkata are 8th in the standings with eight points from 10 matches. They are coming off a five-run win over Sunrisers and that was their second win from three matches.
Two batters have aggregated more than 300 for Kolkata and that’s Rinku Singh (316) and Venkatesh Iyer (303). While they look for more batters to step up, the equation is similar with the ball where Varun Chakaravarthy (14) remains the only bowler with more than nine wickets.
The problem for Kolkata is that they have struggled for collective efforts from their batters.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
Sunil Narine’s form with the ball is a worry but it remains to be seen if KKR take the tough decision and bench him.
Punjab Kings Form
Punjab Kings are 7th in the standings, just above Kolkata, with ten points from ten matches. They lost to Mumbai by six wickets in their last league match and have been alternating results in their last seven matches.
Captain Shikhar Dhawan continues to be their top dog with the bat, despite missing a few games, scoring 292 runs so far. Jitesh Sharma’s 239 runs have come at a SR of 165.97. With the ball, it’s Arshdeep Singh (16) who’s leading their charge.
Getting the team composition right has been a challenge for Punjab, who have struggled with their batting.
Punjab Kings Team News
Sikandar Raza could get a look-in in the place of Matt Short while Kagiso Rabada may be an option to play in the final XI.
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This Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings IPL match is being played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata at 7:30pm IST on Monday, May 8.
This looks like a match-up between two sides struggling for consistently. One thing that has remained in Punjab’s corner is their ability to find the big hits. I am backing Punjab to score the most 6s in this match.
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