PBKS v KKR Will it be 5 straight defeats for the KKR?

Match: Punjab Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders

Date: 26th of April 2021

Time: 7.30 PM India

Stadium: Narendra Modi Stadium

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Punjab stats and form

Kolkata stats and form

PK v KKR prediction

Head to head stats

Trends & Recent Form

With just 1 win in 5 matches and a succession of defeats, the KKR have it all to do if they are to get a victory in this match. PBKS have hardly set the IPL on fire, nevertheless, they picked up a hard fought win in their last match against the Mumbai Indians, which will stand them in good stead for this contest.

Punjab Kings form

Position: 5 of 8

  • Played: 5
  • Won: 2
  • Lost: 3
  • Net Run Rate: -0.428
Top players
Top Batsman: KL Rahul
  • Total runs: 221
  • Average: 55.25
  • High score: 91
Top Bowler: Arshdeep Singh
  • Total wickets: 6
  • Total overs: 16
  • Economy: 7.85
  • Best figures: 3/35

“I cant quite put my finger on the Punjab Kings problem. Probably the same old consistency issues. They also, can’t just rely on KL Rahul.”

Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content

Latest stats and trends
  • KL Rahul is clearly the PBKS stand out batsman.
  • PBKS have some decent bowling stats, Shami, Singh and Meredith, lead the way with most dot balls.
  • Bishnoi has the PBKS best bowling average at 10.50

KKR logoKolkata Knight Riders form

Position: 8 of 8

  • Played: 5
  • Won: 1
  • Lost: 4
  • Net Run Rate: -0.675
Top players
Top Batsman: Nitish Rana
  • Total runs: 186
  • Average: 37.20
  • High score: 80
Top Bowler: Varun Chakaravarthy
  • Total wickets: 6
  • Total overs: 20
  • Economy: 8.05
  • Best figures: 2/32

“The KKR have been awful in this years IPL. Bottom of the pack with 4 straight defeats. If I was a KKR fan id be hugely dissapointed. ”

Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content

Latest stats and trends
  • Nitish Rana has a very respectable twenty 4’s and eight 6’s.
  • Andre Russell has the 6th highest batting strike rate, in this years IPL with 156.52.
  • Shivam Mavi has the second best bowling economy rate in IPL21, with 4.75 runs from 4 overs.

Head to head stats

2020 IPL results

  • Match 1: KKR won by 2 runs
  • Match 2: PBKS won by 8 wickets

Overall record

PK = 9 wins

KKR = 18 wins

Match Prediction & Tips

Match Prediction: Punjab Kings to win at 1.80*

The Punjab Kings will know they can play much better. Nevertheless they go into this match on the back of a victory, whilst the Kolkata Knight Riders have 4 straight defeats. Some glaring issues with the KKR and were backing the Kings to take this one.

  • Pick 1: KL Rahul top team batsman, odds 2.87

With these odds and Rahul’s form, we think this is a decent pick. He’ll surely score big against the KKR bowling attack, who, lets be honest, are hardly firing on all cylinders.

  • Pick 2: Nitish Rana, OVER 21.5 runs, odds 1.80

One of very few stand out plays for the KKR, Rana has really shone for them. If they are to get anything out of this match, he could well be the catalyst. He’s capable of putting together a decent innings and this could be a nice pick.

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