KKR vs PBKS Today Match Prediction & Tips

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips, IPL 2024

Kolkata Knight Riders will host Punjab Kings in match number 42 of the IPL 2024. The game will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and will start at 7:30 PM IST on April 26.

KKR have been a real force in IPL 2024. The team has played seven games, winning five and losing just two. They are comfortably placed at second position in the points table. KKR just need three wins in the remaining seven games to qualify for the playoffs. The real positive for KKR this season has been their positive attitude and intent. The team has been ruthless and decimated teams with their aggressive stroke play. 

Meanwhile, Punjab Kings have been extremely poor. Barring Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma, none of the team’s batters have performed, resulting in the shambolic show. PBKS need to win all their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs thus chances of them reaching the playoffs are grim.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings T20 Live Streaming

TV channels: In India, KKR vs PBKS match will be available on Star Network. The match will also be available on Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa) and Willow TV (USA)

IPL 2024 Live Streaming: KKR vs PBKS fixture will be live-streamed on Jio Cimema in India. In Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the matches can be watched live on Yupp TV.  Other channels where the match will be streamed live are Willow, Foxtel Go and Kayo.

KKR vs PBKS Match Toss Prediction

Toss at the Eden Gardens is crucial as teams often tend to chase at this venue as it is a small ground and defending is not easy.

KKR vs PBKS Pitch Report

The wicket at the Eden Gardens is tailor-made for batters. Over 420 runs were scored in the last game here. It is very difficult to stop runs here thus we could be in for a high scoring game. 200 should be a par score here.

Kolkata Weather Report

The temperature will be high at around 30 degrees.  The humidity will be 41 per cent and wind speed will be 29 km/h.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Indian Premier League 2024

KKR Team News & Playing 11

KKR Team News

KKR have been playing well and the only concern for them at the moment is the form of Mitchell Starc, however, we don’t think Gautam Gambhir would even think about dropping him from the playing XI given what he brings to the table.

KKR Key Players

  • Sunil Narine – Sunil Narine has been brilliant for KKR. He has had his best season with the bat and played some astonishing innings at the top. With 286 runs at a strike rate of over 170, he has played a huge role in KKR’s juggernaut. Needless to say that he is a match-winner with the ball as well.
  • Phil Salt – Phil Salt has been mighty impressive. He is the number two ranked batter in T20I and he has shown why he is rated so high in the world. He has scored 249 runs in IPL 2024 so far and scored 14 ball 48 against RCB in the last game.
  • Andre Russell – Andre Russell is also enjoying a great season as an all-rounder. He won the Player of the Match award in the last game against RCB after he scored a crucial 27 runs and picked three wickets.
  • Harshit Rana –  Harshit Rana has also impressed with his pace and accuracy and bagged two wickets in the previous game. Overall, he has taken nine wickets this season.

KKR Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Suyash Sharma, Ankul Roy, Manish Pandey, Vaibhav Arora, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Suyash Sharma was used as an impact player in last game and he could well be used against PBKS. If KKR need a batter, they have Manish Pandey.

KKR Team Form

KKR have won five out of the seven games while losing just two matches.

KKR Predicted Playing 11

Philip Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer (c), Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh , Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakaravarthy, Harshit Rana

PBKS Team News & Playing 11

PBKS Team News

Shikhar Dhawan is struggling with an injury and there is no clear update to how much he has recovered and if he will be available for the next game.  Liam Livingstone has been very poor this season and we are pretty sure PBKS won’t play him against KKR, with Sikandar Raza making a return to playing XI.

PBKS Key Players

  • Prabhsimran Singh – Prabhsimran Singh has not been at his best but scored fluent 35 against GT in the last game. The knock should help him find his rhythm back so we can expect some runs from him in the next game.
  • Ashutosh Sharma – Ashutosh Sharma has been one of the biggest positives for PBKS this season. He has scored 159 runs and helped the team get out of jail on several occasions. PBKS need to use him at the top of the order.
  • Kagiso Rabada –  Kagiso Rabada has bowled his heart out for PBKS. With 10 wickets in eight games, he has been mighty impressive.
  • Sam Curran – Sam Curran is also a valuable player given his all-round skills. He is PBKS’ highest wicket-taker, with 11 wickets to his name. Also, he is opening the batting so there is a chance he may get some runs as well.

PBKS Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Rahul Chahar, V Kaverappa, A Taide, Harpreet Singh, Shivam Singh

Rahul Chahar is most likely to get picked if PBKS need a bowler while Harmeet Singh was used in previous game and should get another chance if the team uses a batsman.

PBKS Team Form

PBKS have played eight games, winning just two and losing six matches.

PBKS Predicted Playing 11

Sam Curran (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

KKR vs PBKS Head to Head

KKR have been the clearly dominant over PBKS in IPL history, winning 21 of the 32 games. 

KKR vs PBKS Head to Head Stats in T20’s

  Matches Played KKR Won PBKS Won Tie NR
Overall 32 21 11 0 0
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

KKR vs PBKS Betting Odds

KKR are getting the favourites tag. The team has played fantastic cricket and have steamrolled oppositions at home so they are favourites.

Who will win Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings T20 Match?

We suggest backing KKR to win. The team is on a roll and looks unstoppable at the moment. PBKS have not shown any form this season thus we don’t have much expectations from them thus KKR are clear favourites.

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