Inconsistency hurting both teams
- Kolkata have won two of their last three
- Win could put Punjab in top four
Punjab Kings will eye a spot in the top four of the points table with this game at the Eden Gardens against a Kolkata side that are on the resurgence. These teams are equally matched in terms of squad quality, but Punjab will know that KKR are on a return to form now. Punjab Kings have odds of 1.88 to beat Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata are on a high after wins against RCB and SRH in the last three games. They lost a close game to PBKS earlier in the season, but will back themselves to win this one at home. Kolkata Knight Riders have odds of 1.90 to beat Punjab Kings.
Head-to-head record, KKR v PBKS
The head-to-head record is in favour of Kolkata, who have won 20 of the 31 head-to-head matches. At Eden Gardens, KKR have won 8 of the 11 matches against Punjab Kings. They, however, lost a close game to PBKS in Mohali earlier this year.
The conditions at the Eden Gardens will heavily favour the chasing side and the team winning the toss is likely to choose to bowl first.
Punjab Kings may not be in form but they will back themselves to push KKR in these conditions given their strong bowling attack. They have a win probability of 55%.
The average score in T20 matches at the Eden Gardens in night games is over 170. The team setting a total might want to try and score over 200 to feel safe.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch here is good for batting generally, but in night games even more so. There will be some early assistance for pacers, but expect the better batting side to come out on top.
Players to keep an eye on…
KKR Predicted playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (w), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Atharva Taide, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
Andre Russell: Russell is back in form and the signs are pointing towards him having one big night in one of these next few games. Given PBKS’ shortage of quality in the bowling attack, expect Russell to thrive.
Shikhar Dhawan: On a good batting strip, Dhawan can be expected to give Punjab Kings a solid start and get back into form this season.
IPL 2023, Match 53 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Punjab Kings will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
KKR v PBKS Betting tips
Apart from betting on Punjab to win the match, check our other recommended bet about PBKS’s best bowler.
Arshdeep Singh will enjoy bowling on this surface and the Eden Gardens will help him find early movement that could trouble KKR. Back Arshdeep at 3.79 to be Punjab’s top bowler!