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PBKS vs KKR | IPL 2023 Match 2 Preview & Prediction

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PBKS vs KKR

PBKS vs KKR is the match 2 fixture in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. It will be the season’s opening fixture for Punjab Kings (PBKS), led by Shikhar Dhawan, and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The match will take place in Mohali at 3:30 PM on Saturday.  

We preview both teams and offer our prediction of this exciting match.

 

Punjab Kings Overview

PBKS, previously known as Kings XI Punjab, has been one of the most inconsistent teams in the IPL. Despite having a strong squad in the past, they have only made it to the final once and are yet to win the IPL title.

The team management has made smart acquisitions in the auction this year, bringing in some promising young talent and experienced players. However, PBKS are likely to miss out on the services of their star batter Jonny Bairstow, who hasn’t been given the NOC by the England Cricket Board (ECB). The franchise’s season will rely on Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, etc. 

The Kings have Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, and Rahul Chahar in the bowling department. The trio is well-experienced, and there will be plenty of expectations. All-rounder Sam Curran is the player to watch out for in the PBKS line-up. The Englishman had an excellent 2022, bagging the player of the tournament award in the T20 World Cup 2022. 

 

Kolkata Knight Riders Overview

KKR, the third successful team in IPL history, received a huge setback ahead of the new season. The Kolkata outfit’s skipper Shreyas Iyer will miss the opening few matches of the season due to a back injury. Lockie Ferguson, too, may not feature against PBKS after suffering a hamstring injury. 

In addition to Shreyas and Ferguson’s absence, Bangladesh duo Shakib Al Hasan and Litton Das, too, will be unavailable for KKR’s IPL opener due to national team commitments. Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, and Andre Russell will have more responsibility without key players. 

KKR has plenty of gritty and world-class players in the bowling department. Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Tim Southee have plenty of IPL experience. Mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy is another player who could make an impact in KKR colors. 

 

PBKS vs KKR Head-to-Head

Russell guided KKR to victory in the lone meeting between the two teams last season. The West Indian struck an unbeaten 31-ball 70, while Umesh clinched a four-wicket haul.  

PBKS vs KKR Last Five Meetings

Date 

Winner

Margin

April 1, 2022

KKR

Won by 6 Wickets

October 1, 2021

PBKS

Won by 5 Wickets 

April 26, 2021

KKR

Won by 5 Wickets 

October 26, 2020

PBKS

Won by 8 Wickets

October 10, 2020

KKR

Won by 2 Runs

PBKS & KKR IPL 2022 Stats 

Let’s look at PBKS & KKR stats from IPL 2022 season: 
  • Top Run-scorer: Shikhar Dhawan – 460 runs (PBKS); Shreyas Iyer – 401 runs (KKR)
  • Most Wickets: Kagiso Rabada – 23 wickets (PBKS); Andre Russell – 17 wickets (KKR)
  • Highest Sixes: Liam Livingstone – 34 sixes (PBKS); Andre Russell – 32 sixes (KKR)
Probable Best Batter & Bowler
Dhawan and Rabada will likely emerge as the best batter and bowler, respectively, in the PBKS vs KKR match.
 

PBKS vs KKR: Who will Win?

Both teams have a strong squad and will be looking to start their campaign with a win. PBKS has made some excellent purchases this year and will be keen to put up a good show, but KKR has the experience and the firepower in both departments.
 
 
With KKR missing plenty of players, PBKS has the edge in this fixture. Though missing Bairstow, the Mohali-based franchise has a stronger playing 11 than the visitors. Hence, PBKS is likely to claim two points on Saturday.
 
 

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