In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings will be played at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Friday. Punjab Kings are currently at number six in the points table. It’s fight or die for him. His chances of reaching the playoffs will largely depend on the outcome of this match. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at number four in the points table. If they win today’s match, their chances of reaching the playoffs will be strengthened. If we talk about the playing XI of today’s match, then some changes can be seen in both the teams.
Let’s talk about KKR first. KKR have won 5 matches out of 11 matches in IPL 14. Kolkata have won three out of their four matches in the UAE leg. He has defeated Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. A change can be seen in the playing XI in KKR today. If Andre Russell is fit, he can get a place in the playing XI. In such a situation, Tim Southee may have to sit out. Sandeep Varrier can prove to be expensive in the last match. He is fully expected to get a second chance in the playing XI.
On the other hand, it is like a fight or die for Punjab Kings. Punjab have won 4 out of 11 matches. Punjab Kings have won one of the three matches in the UAE leg and lost two. There may be two changes in the playing XI of Punjab in today’s match. Mayank Agarwal can get a place in the playing XI. He was rested in the last match against Mumbai Indians. In such a situation, Mandeep Singh may be discharged from the playing XI. At the same time, Fabian Allen can get a chance in the playing XI in place of Chris Gayle. Gayle is out of the bubble by leaving the tournament.
Probable Playing XI of Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen.
Probable Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakraborty.