KKR hope to strengthen batting
- KKR’s batting to be in focus after struggle against RCB
- Can Punjab’s batters do it again?
Punjab Kings put on a brilliant batting show against Royal Challengers Bangalore and have odds of 1.70 to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in this fixture and make it two wins in two. Punjab will, however, know they need to step up with the ball.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have a solid bowling line-up, especially with Umesh Yadav doing extremely well in the powerplay overs. The fifth bowling option is a worry for KKR, especially as Andre Russell is unlikely to take bowling duties. KKR have odds of 2.10 to win this game.
KKR hold the edge in overall record
Kolkata Knight Riders have won 19 and lost just 10 matches in head to head contests against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. In the last couple of years, though, the teams share an even record with one win apiece in each of the two seasons.
PBKS have a powerful batting line-up to counter the KKR bowlers and are favourites to win this clash.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
The contest will be a matchup between KKR’s bowling and Punjab’s batting. KKR’s best chance to win the game will be to win the toss, bowl first and restrict Punjab to a par total, which the KKR batters are capable of chasing down with dew on.
Keep an eye on…
Shreyas Iyer: The KKR skipper was shrewd with his bowling changes in the game against RCB, but it will take more than leadership for KKR to win matches. They will need Iyer to hold together a fragile middle-order and help put up totals.
Mayank Agarwal: A fine player against the new ball and against spin, Mayank Agarwal will bank on his experience to take the game deep and take the bulk of the strike against the likes of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine.
TIP: Umesh Yadav has been excellent in the powerplay. Back Umesh Yadav at 4.46 to be KKR’s top bowler!