IPL 2023 has entered its second month and now things are getting serious with every team involved in the tournament. On Monday, as the new week begins, Kolkata Knight Riders will be hosting Punjab Kings at the Eden Gardens. The last time when these two teams met, the match was interrupted due to rains and Punjab Kings ended up scoring a win.
KKR is currently at the 8th spot in the points table with 8 points and 4 wins. The team is just 2 points behind the visitors.
PBKS is currently at the 7th spot with 10 points and five wins. The team is unable to maintain its winning momentum and has witnessed some inconsistency in the tournament.
We expect Punjab Kings to take home the points.
The betting tip is...
Punjab Kings will score a boundary on the first ball.
In a last-ball thriller, KKR defeated PBKS in their previous fixture. After a slow start from the opening lineup, a partnership between skipper Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh played an important role and helped the team to reach a nominal score.
Andre Russell also played a cameo and scored 24 runs at a strike rate of 160.00. The primary concern for the team management is weak bowling. The bowlers are turning out to be costly.
Litton Das has announced his exit from IPL 2023 due to personal reasons and KKR has roped in Johnson Charles as his replacement.
Predicted Lineup: Harshit Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Jason Roy, Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Even after making some major changes in the squad, the Punjab Kings have again witnessed inconsistency in their performance in the ongoing season. They will be traveling to Eden Gardens after witnessing a loss against MI in the previous fixture.
PBKS has a good batting depth and due to this, they have scored runs beyond 200. Liam Livingstone will be the key player for the team. Like KKR, PBKS has also struggled in their bowling department.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan is expected to use the same combination against KKR.
Predicted Lineup: Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran
We are in for an absolute thriller because both the teams are evenly matched. However, PBKS has an upper hand as their batting is comparatively strong.
We predict a win for Punjab Kings by a slight margin on Monday.