KKR vs PBKS IPL Prediction 08 May 2023
Indian Premier League 2023
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Date: 2023-05-08
- Start Time: 19:30
- Location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023
- Format: Indian Premier League
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
On May 8, 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings will face each other in an IPL match at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
- KKR are currently ranked eighth in the points table with four wins from ten games, but they come into this match after a victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs.
- In contrast, PBKS lost their previous game to Mumbai Indians by six wickets and are currently in seventh place on the points table with five wins out of ten matches.
- The team led by Shikhar Dhawan will be looking to improve their position with a win in this upcoming match.
KKR vs PBKS – IPL – Venue Details
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: May 8th 2023
Time: 19:30 (local)
KKR vs PBKS – IPL – Team Previews
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR will face PBKS in a crucial IPL match at Eden Gardens on Monday. Currently placed eighth in the points table, KKR must win every game from here on to keep their playoff hopes alive.
In their previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, KKR successfully defended a 171-run target thanks to impressive performances by Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy and Anukul Roy. Chakravarthy’s economical death bowling will once again be crucial for KKR, but PBKS will back themselves to reach or chase a large total if they can negate his impact.
Despite a disappointing performance by Rahmanullah Gurbaz in the last match, KKR’s opening duo appears strong. The middle-order batters, including skipper Rana, Rinku Singh and West Indian all-rounder Russell, are also in good form. However, Venkatesh Iyer needs to be cautious with his wicket, while the form of Sunil Narine is a concern.
While KKR are currently placed eighth in the points table and need to win every game to stay alive in the playoffs race, PBKS have a little more breathing room with the possibility of reaching 16 points even with one more defeat. However, they don’t want to follow KKR into a tricky situation and will need to win convincingly to boost their poor run rate.
Despite boasting the same record in their last five fixtures, PBKS lost their last match to Mumbai Indians, which leaves them without the momentum of their opposition. Nevertheless, PBKS’s batting unit has been putting on a remarkable display, scoring more than 200 runs in each of their previous four contests.
Prabhsimran will be the Impact Player for them, replacing a fast bowler or vice versa depending on the toss. It remains to be seen whether PBKS will go with the extra pace of Rabada or the death overs specialist in Nathan Ellis.
KKR vs PBKS – IPL – Probable Playing XI’s
Kolkata Knight Riders: R Gurbaz (wk), J Roy, Venky Iyer, Nitish Rana (Cap), A Russell, Rinku Singh, S Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, V Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy
Punjab Kings: S Dhawan (Cap), Prabhsimran Singh, M Short, L Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), S Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, R Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, N Ellis
KKR vs PBKS – IPL – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
Considering the average first-innings batting score of 150 in T20Is at Eden Gardens, it appears that the Knight Riders and the Punjab Kings are set to face each other in a well-balanced contest on Monday.
KKR vs PBKS – IPL – Win Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders are struggling at home and will find it tough to stop the powerful PBKS batting line-up.