In the 21st game of the Indian Premier League, Punjab Kings will be facing Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday at 7:30 PM IST. PBKS has acquired the fifth position with four points while KKR has occupied the eighth position with two points.
Punjab Kings won their previous game and will be heading into this game on a positive note while Kolkata Knights Riders were on the losing side in their last outing. The Knight Riders have the upper hand in the head-to-head competition as they won 18 games against PBKS while lost nine fixtures. Both teams will be aiming to go up the order in the points table with a comprehensive win. The two teams will be counting on their in-form players to secure a win on Monday, let’s have a look at the three game-changers ahead of the KKR vs PBKS fixture:
1. KL Rahul
The Punjab skipper has been in roaring form and is currently second in the list of the highest run-getters of the season. He scored 221 in five matches so far and has been the backbone of PBKS’ batting line up. KL Rahul was the highest scorer for PBKS in the previous game and played an instrumental role in the team’s victory. The PBKS camp will count on their skipper to claim the game against KKR.
2. Mayank Agarwal
Rahul’s opening partner Mayank Agarwal has been giving a quick start to the PBKS since the beginning of IPL 2021. The opening batsman has scored 130 runs so far in the tournament. Agarwal has been inconsistent but those quick runs in the powerplay set the momentum for their innings. The skipper Rahul will expect a big opening partnership with Agarwal on Monday.
3. Andre Russell
Though the destructive all-rounder couldn’t provide much with the bat in the previous game, his innings against Chennai Super Kings last week showcased his power-hitting which are good signs for KKR for the remainder of the season. Even a 20-ball cameo at the back end of the innings from Russell could change the course of the game. Eoin Morgan would count on their MVP and might promote Russell in the batting order.