KKR VS PBKS: IPL 2023 53rd Pre-match Predictions

The 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).

Kolkata Knight Riders will meet Punjab Kings in the 53rd match of the TATA IPL 2023 edition. Both teams would be desperate for a win as they are in the middle of the table and would look to better the scenario of their qualification in the playoffs.

Basic information about the match:

🗓️ Date08-May-23
⏰ Time7:30 PM
🏏 TeamsKolkata Knight Riders VS Punjab Kings
⚡ Match53
🏟️ VenueKolkata

KKR Players List and Role

Check full squad of Kolkata Knight Riders with new signings in IPL 2023 along with players list of before and after IPL 2023 Auction.
Nitish Rana (c)Batter
Venkatesh IyerAll-Rounder
Andre RussellAll-Rounder
Sunil NarineAll-Rounder
Umesh YadavBowler
Tim SoutheeBowler
Harshit RanaBowler
Varun ChakravarthyBowler
Anukul RoyAll-Rounder
Rinku SinghBatter
Rahmanullah GurbazBatsman/Wicket-keeper
Shardul ThakurBowler
Lockie FergusonBowler
N JagadeesanBatter
Vaibhav AroraBowler
Suyash SharmaBowler
David WieseAll-Rounder
Kulwant KhejroliyaBowler
Litton DasWicket-keeper
Mandeep SinghBatter
Jason RoyBatter

PBKS Players List and Role

Check full squad of Punjab Kings with new signings in IPL 2023 along with players list of before and after IPL 2023 Auction.
Arshdeep SinghBowler
Shikhar Dhawan (c)Batter
Kagiso RabadaBowler
Matthew ShortAll-Rounder
Shahrukh KhanAll-Rounder
Harpreet BrarBatter
Prabhsimran SinghBatter/Wicket-keeper
Jitesh SharmaBatter/Wicket-keeper
Rahul ChaharBowler
Liam LivingstoneAll-Rounder
Gurnoor SinghAll-Rounder
Rishi DhawanAll-Rounder
Baltej DhandaAll-Rounder
Nathan EllisBowler
Atharva TaideAll-Rounder
Bhanuka RajapaksaBatter
Sam CurranAll-Rounder
Sikandar RazaAll-Rounder
Harpreet BhatiaBatter
Vidwath KaverappaBowler
Mohit RatheAll-Rounder
Shivam SinghAll-Rounder
Arshdeep SinghBowler
Shikhar Dhawan (c)Batter
Kagiso RabadaBowler

First Face-Off

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Both teams squared off against each other for the first time in the TATA IPL 2008. It was a close contest that resulted in a victory for the Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) where legendary player Irfan Pathan helped Punjab Kings win the game by 9 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders  

Previous IPL Results

Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings have been involved in some really close games in the history of TATA IPL and yet, Kolkata Knight Riders share an assailing record against the Punjab Franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders have won 20 out of the 30 encounters, while Punjab Kings have managed to win only 10.

Previous Results

1-Apr-2022Kolkata Knight Riders6 WicketsMumbai
1-Oct-2021Punjab Kings5 WicketsDubai
26-Apr-2021Kolkata Knight Riders5 WicketsAhmedabad
26-Oct-2020Punjab Kings8 WicketsSharjah
10-Oct-2020Kolkata Knight Riders2 RunsAbu Dhabi
3-May-2019Kolkata Knight Riders7 WicketsMohali
27-Mar-2019Kolkata Knight Riders28 RunsKolkata
12-May-2018Kolkata Knight Riders31 RunsIndore
21-Apr-2018Punjab Kings9 WicketsKolkata
9-May-2017Punjab Kings14 RunsMohali
13-Apr-2017Kolkata Knight Riders8 WicketsKolkata
3-May-2016Kolkata Knight Riders7 RunsKolkata
18-Apr-2016Kolkata Knight Riders6 WicketsMohali
8-May-2015Kolkata Knight Riders1 WicketKolkata
17-Apr-2015Kolkata Knight Riders4 WicketsPune
31-May-2014Kolkata Knight Riders3 WicketsBangalore
29-May-2014Kolkata Knight Riders28 RunsKolkata
10-May-2014Kolkata Knight Riders9 WicketsCuttack
25-Apr-2014Punjab Kings23 RunsAbu Dhabi
25-Apr-2013Kolkata Knight Riders6 WicketsKolkata
15-Apr-2013Punjab Kings4 RunsMohali
17-Apr-2012Kolkata Knight Riders8 WicketsMohali
14-Apr-2012Punjab Kings2 RunsKolkata
29-Apr-2011Kolkata Knight Riders8 WicketsKolkata
3-Apr-2010Punjab Kings8 WicketsKolkata
26-Mar-2010Kolkata Knight Riders39 RunsMohali
2-May-2009Punjab Kings6 WicketsPort Elizabeth
20-Apr-2009Kolkata Knight Riders11 RunsDurban
24-May-2008Kolkata Knight Riders3 WicketsKolkata
2-May-2008Punjab Kings9 RunsMohali

Pre-match Analysis

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With both teams being close to their match-winning combination in the most crucial stage of the tournament, they would look to solidify their position on the points table and try to win over the other side. Kolkata Knight Riders would look to improve their top-order batting performance after the close wins and Punjab Kings would look to improve their middle-order performance.   

Probable Best Batter of the Match

Venkatesh Iyer has owned up to the reputation that he created for himself in the last season of TATA IPL and has already scored a century in this edition of TATA IPL. He may be the best batter of the match since he bats in the top order and is in good form. 

Probable Best Bowler of the Match

Arshdeep Singh has been a stand-out bowler for Punjab Kings for a few seasons now and he has also been in good form in this edition as well. He would look to continue the same and ensure that he turns out to be the best bowler of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings. 

Match Details

Punjab Kings will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 53rd Match of TATA Indian Premier League 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 8th May 2023. For the viewers, the match will be telecast live at 7:30 pm on Star Sports network on television and Jio Cinema on your mobile handset. 

Pitch Report

The Eden Gardens is one of the most historic stadiums in India and its pitch has established itself as a batter’s heaven. It primarily has a hard surface so the bounce can be trusted and batters can play their shots. The captain who wins the toss may want to field first. The dew factor in the later half of the game may help in deciding the outcome of the match.

Today’s match prediction: Final Thoughts

Both teams are in amazing form and have ensured that their performances give them the desired results. The pitch will also suit the firepower that both the teams possess and that is why it is a contest that may go down to the wire. Because of the amazing momentum that the team has, coupled with the home advantage, Kolkata Knight Riders will start as the favourites of this match.