The second match of the IPL 2023 will see the action return to Mohali as Punjab Kings (PBKS) square off against two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Both teams finished in the bottom half of the points table last year and will be looking to start the tournament with a win this time around.
Shikhar Dhawan’s side will be without their star pacer Kagiso Rabada for the upcoming fixture, Nitish Rana will have to do without the services of Kiwi speedster Lockie Ferguson. Although both camps have been hit by injuries ahead of the 16th edition of the tournament, the home side are the favourites heading into the contest, especially with the likes of Sam Curran in the squad.
PBKS vs KKR Match Details
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: Saturday, April 1, 3:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
PBKS vs KKR Pitch Report
The surface in Mohali has traditionally been a high-scoring venue with batters enjoying their time in the middle. The ball might do a little bit for the fast bowlers in the initial stages of the match, but it will get easier to bat as the match progresses. The team winning the toss would be inclined to bowl first at this venue.
PBKS vs KKR Probable Playing XIs
Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Matthew Short, Prabsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
N Jagadeesan (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy.
PBKS vs KKR Probable Best Performers
Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will have a point to prove to the Indian selectors when he leads the Punjab Kings in the 16th edition of the tournament. The second-leading run-scorer in the competition’s history is showing no signs of stopping and will be looking to add to his tally in the upcoming fixture.
The left arm-pacer is one of the most sought-after fast-bowling talents in the world and has already established himself as one of the regulars in the national team. However, the 24-year-old will be looking to further enhance his reputation as a dependable bowler in the upcoming tournament.