KKR vs PBKS Match Preview: The stormy bowler will return to the Punjab Kings team against Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai: The teams of Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings (KKR v PBKS) will face each other in the eighth match of IPL 2022 on Friday. in last match Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by three wickets, although the team was successful in making the match close despite a low score. Punjab Kings started their campaign with a win and the team would expect their bowlers to do better as they lost over 200 runs in their first match. South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is expected to play after completing the three-day quarantine, which will strengthen Punjab’s attack.

Only two matches have been played on the Wankhede pitch and looking at them, it seems that batting has not been easy. This may be just the beginning for the two-month-long IPL but the toss is already playing an important role in the outcome of the match as dew is affecting the second innings of the match.

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Kolkata opener Ajinkya Rahane and aggressive Venkatesh Iyer were dismissed cheaply against RCB, so that now both of them will try to get the team off to a strong start. Captain Shreyas Iyer may have failed against RCB but he is in good form and a key player for the team but will need the support of other teammates like Nitish Rana.

It will be important for left-handed batsman Rana to perform consistently. Apart from these two, the responsibility of the middle order will be on the shoulders of Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson and ‘Big Hitter’ Andre Russell. KKR have such batsmen in their line-up who can tear apart any attack and the team management will hope that they all perform in unison against Punjab.

Umesh Yadav performed brilliantly in both the matches

Talking about bowling, fast bowler Umesh Yadav was brilliant with the new ball in both the matches. New Zealand’s experienced bowler Tim Southee will also have to play an important role. However, a matter of concern for the Kolkata team will be the form of spinner Varun Chakraborty, who will have to make a comeback soon. A lot for Punjab will depend on its top three players – captain Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan and Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa played a match winning innings against RCB.

Odeon Smith and Shahrukh Khan proved their worth

Head coach Anil Kumble, however, would expect the middle-order to contribute more as Odeon Smith and Shah Rukh Khan proved their mettle by scoring runs for their side against RCB. It remains to be seen whether U-19 World Cup star Raj Bawa will get another chance as he failed in his IPL debut. Punjab bowlers Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh and Odion Singh will have to improve their game against KKR. Even the eight overs of the spin duo of Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar can make a difference in the match.

The teams are as follows:,

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Aman Khan, Andre Russell , Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narayan, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.

Punjab Kings:

Mayank Agarwal (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odeon Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Hrithik Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Tayde, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell.

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