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IPL 2022: KKR vs PBKS – Match preview, prediction and Fantasy XI

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KKR vs PBKS match is all set to take place on Friday. On Wednesday, KKR lost the game against RCB by three wickets.

Let’s have a look at their match preview, prediction and Fantasy XI.

KKR vs PBKS: Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

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KKR’s opening batters Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer couldn’t perform against RCB on Wednesday. Hopefully, t the duo will give a better performance in the next match. Shreyas Iyer who’s in very good form would provide strength to the team. For Rana, being persistent is the major factor. In the middle order, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson and Andre Russell will need to have a good performance. Umesh Yadav was spectacular in both the games with the new ball. Experienced Kiwi bowler Tim Southee, picked up three wickets, to have a key role to pay up front. Spinner Varun Chakravarthy needs to pull up his socks.

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

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In PBKS, there is skipper Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan and Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapksa who had a small contribution against RCB. Anil Kumble expects more from the middle order batters like Odean Smith and Shahrukh Khan. Both proved their worth in the previous match against RCB. Raj Bawa, the star of Under-19 failed to give an impactful performance in his IPL debut, this is the next chance where he will be given another opportunity.

KKR vs PBKS: Match Prediction

The KKR vs PBKS match will be taking place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 1, 2022. KKR is led by Shreyas Iyer and PBKS is led by Mayank Agarwal. Both had won their opening matches of IPL 2022.

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Punjab Kings has a solid squad that includes Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, and Odean Smith. Smith had a strong but impactful performance that helped the team beat RCB. KKR had beaten CSK on their opening match. They had a six-wicket win with Shreyas Iyer had hit the winning runs. Both the teams have an equal potential to win and the game is going to be a nail-biting one.

KKR vs PBKS: Match Prediction

Ajinkya Rahane, who did a spectacular job against the Chennai Super Kings, wasn’t able to justify his skills against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the 2 matches in this tournament, he has added 53 runs at a strike rate of 120.45.

Mayank Agarwal had a solid foundation against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and scored 24 runs in 32 balls.

Andre Russell can bat anywhere in the order according to the team’s needs and can even bowl overs if needed.

Odean Smith leaked a lot of runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore but had winning innings of unbeaten 25 runs from 8 balls with one four and three sixes.

Tim Southee picked two wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 18th over. He had a figure of 3 for 20 in 4 overs.

Rahul Chahar resisted Royal Challengers Bangalore from making a lot of runs and picked up a wicket at an economy of 5.5.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored a quickfire 43 runs from 22 balls against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He can play the spinners really well.

Umesh Yadav did a brilliant job in KKR’s first match against CSK and won the man of the match award after a gap of 2 years. KKR’s coach has a lot of faith in his skills and believes that he’ll definitely make an impact.

Sunil Narine fared well against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in KKR’s first two games of this season, so he’s a top pick.

Shikhar Dhawan along with Mayank Agarwal had a partnership of 71 runs in 7.1 overs. He has been one of the leading run-scorers in IPL.

Nitish Rana has been a vital player in the KKR’s middle-order over the years. He has often helped KKR to chase or put up high scores on the board after a top-order failed.

Read more : IPL 2022: BCCI doubled the base price of IPL Media Rights, is this the end of Star Sports?

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