- KKR have a 18-9 head-to-head lead over Punjab Kings.
- It will be both teams’ sixth match in the IPL 2021 season.
- PBKS has earned four points after winning two matches and losing the other three.
- KKR began the IPL 2021 season with a win, but they have since lost four consecutive games.
Both the Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders have had a poor start to their 2021 Indian Premier League campaigns, but there is one difference between them. Punjab Kings, who had only won one of their first four games, outplayed the defending champions Mumbai Indians in their last game.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have shown no signs of resurgence, as they failed to perform in their most recent match, which was against Rajasthan Royals. Given the two teams’ current forms, the Kings are unquestionably the favourites. On the other hand, Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders will do everything to avoid losing five games in a row.
PBKS VS KKR Head To Head:
When we talk about the last matches of both the team, KL Rahul, the Punjab Kings captain, becomes a hot favourite for the orange cap this year as well who has already scored three half-centuries in the competition. In his last game, he scored 60 runs off 52 balls, whereas from KKR, Rahul Tripathi has scored only 36 runs in the last match against Rajasthan Royals but he needs to produce good innings to help KKR get off to a good start.
Also, when it comes to bowling Mohammed Shami from PBKS bowled beautifully against Mumbai Indians in the last game after playing two games without a wicket. He took two wickets while conceding just 21 runs whereas Varun Chakravarthy is one of the few KKR players who has consistently performed. He’s taken at least one wicket in each of his last four games and hasn’t given up more than 40 runs in any of them.
Both teams have played with each other in 27 IPL games so far, with the KKR team winning 18 and the PBKS team winning just 9. Both of these teams met in the IPL 2014 final, with KKR claiming their second title in the tournament with a thrilling victory.
Having said this, let us take a closer look at their past 5 meetings
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PBKS Vs KKR Last 5 Encounters
26th October 2020: Punjab Kings won by 8 wickets
10st October 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 2 runs
3rd May 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets
27th March 2019: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 28 runs
12th May 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 31 runs
Additional Stats Of PBKS and KKR:
PBKS highest score against KKR: 214
KKR highest score against PBKS: 245
Most runs for PBKS: 2,143 (KL Rahul)
Most runs for KKR: 1,632 (Andre Russell)
Most wickets for PBKS: 45 wickets (Mohammed Shami)
Most wickets for KKR: 146 wickets (Sunil Narine)
Lowest total defended by PBKS against KKR: 132
Lowest total defended by KKR against PBKS: 163
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With a 9-wicket win over MI, PBKS will undoubtedly be favourites in today’s match. Since Ahmedabad has pitched in both red and black soil varieties, it will be important to see how the surface is prepared for Match 21. Therefore, KL Rahul led Punjab Kings to have a high chance of winning the match against Eoin Morgan Kolkata Knight Riders.