Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings, Match 8, IPL 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: April 1, 7:30 PM IST
After winning the first match comprehensively against the defending Champions, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders lost their way in the second game. They lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a low scoring thriller by 3 wickets. They will play against the Punjab Kings at the Wankhede stadium on 1st April,2022.
Punjab Kings are high on morale after successfully chasing the target of 205 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Punjab Kings will look to continue their form against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Kolkata Knight Riders side looks well balanced. All eyes will be on captain, Shreyas Iyer. He really needs to go big of KKR to get his team on winning ways back. Middle order has always been a concern for the team . Sam Billings and Andre Russell are key factors in that position.
Bowling looks really sorted, with Umesh coming in with all guns blazing in the first two games. Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine are the key bowlers who dry up the runs in the middle overs. No changes for Kolkata are expected in the playing XI is expected.
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Punjab Kings batting order looked explosive even in the absence of Johnny Bairstow. Captain Mayank Agrawal and Shikhar Dhawan are in tremendous form. Sri Lankan Batter, Bhanuka Rajapaksa looked solid in his maiden innings in the IPL. Bowling department leaked runs in the first game but was counter balanced by their batters. The team might not change the winning combination.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar