Matches are turning into battles as many teams have hope to qualify for the playoffs of IPL 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders who came strongly in the second leg of IPL 2021 will square off against demoralized Punjab Kings after that lose in their last match with Mumbai Indians. Punjab Kings are still hunting glorious victories ahead of their last few matches to recreate any chances of qualifications.
While have a realistic chance of making the playoffs and completing their goal of six wins. Their next three matches are against Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. With Mumbai Indians tied on points and only behind because of net run rate, KKR do not have the option to breathe ease.
Sunil Narine loves playing against PBKS. He's picked 30 wickets against them, has his best figures against them and also has his best IPL score against them. Rahul has had the wood over Narine and it'll be key that the PBKS captain does his bit to hurt KKR's premier spinner.
PBKS' chances of winning will depend on how they play the middle overs against KKR and their spinners. Barring the game against CSK, Chakaravarthy and Narine have given runs at less than six an over in the three matches against RCB, MI and DC in their eight overs.
Predicted Playing XI:
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
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh