IPL 2023
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IPL 2023 PBKS vs KKR: Date, Time, Head-To-Head Record, Complete Injury Update, Prediction, Fantasy Picks, Squads, And Probable Playing 11. Punjab Kings (PBKS) will play their first game in the IPL 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 1 from 3.30 PM. The 16th edition of the Indian Premier will kick off on March 31 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

PBKS and KKR both teams would like to kick-start their IPL campaign with a win. Both have many world-class players in their squads. Shikhar Dhawan-led Punjab Kings have players like Sam Curran, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sikandar Raza, Harshdeep Singh, and Rahul Chahar in their contingent. Kolkata has players like Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, and Sunil Narine in their squad.

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IPL 2023 PBKS Vs KKR Match Details

Match: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Venue: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

Date & Time: April 01, 03:30 PM IST

PBKS vs KKR Head-To-Head Record:

Kolkata Knight Riders faced Punjab 30 times in IPL across 15 editions. They had the upper hand over Punjab as they win 20 games out of those 30. Punjab has won the remaining 10 games. They would like to better their record against the Kolkata-based side.

PBKS vs KKR Injury Updates

Both teams are suffering from the injury to their key players. Punjab will miss the services of Jonny Bairstow, as the explosive batsman is recovering from a leg injury sustained in September 2022; whereas KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer may miss a complete season of IPL. Left-handed explosive batsman Nitish Rana will lead KKR in this season of IPL in absence of Iyer. Matthew Short replaced Bairstow in the PBKS squad.

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English power hitter Liam Livingstone will miss Punjab Kings’ opening game this season as he is yet to get fitness clearance from English Cricket Board (RCB). In his absence, Sikandar Raza can be part of the playing eleven of Punjab. Also, Punjab will miss the services of proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada as he is taking part in the ODI series against the Netherlands for his national side.

PBKS Vs KKR Pitch Report

Mohali is a high-scoring ground, so batsmen from both teams will enjoy batting here. Also, it may help seamer early in the innings. Mohali will host its first IPL game since 2019. There is the possibility of showers tomorrow afternoon.

PBKS Vs KKR Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders would likely secure a narrow win over Punjab Kings.

PBKS Vs KKR Top Fantasy Picks       

Captain- Sunil Narine

Vice-captain: Sam Curran

Wicketkeeper- Jitesh Sharma

Batsman- Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh

Allrounders – Andre, Russell, Sikandar Raza

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

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PBKS vs KKR Probable Playing XIs

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Prabsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan

Impact Player: Harpreet Brar

Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, N Jadgadeesan, Nitish Rana (C), Mandeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakaravarthy, Vaibhav Arora, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav

Impact Player: David Wiese

PBKS Vs KKR Squads

Punjab Kings Squad

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Raj Bawa, Nathan Ellis, Baltej Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Atharva Taide, Vidhwath Kaverappa,  Shahrukh Khan, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Rishi Dhawan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad

Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Kulwant Khejroliya, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, N Jagadeesan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakaravarthy, Umesh Yadav, David Wiese, Mandeep Singh