KOL vs PUN Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Match 45, KOL vs PUN: Preview, Match Details, Pitch & Weather Report, Probable XIs, Fantasy Picks
Kolkata and Punjab lock horns in match 45 of the Indian T20 League on Friday, October 1 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. As the tournament progresses towards the business end, stakes are high in the upcoming fixtures. Hence, teams eyeing a place in the playoffs must pull their socks up. Both Kolkata and Punjab have identical campaigns this season and it would be fascinating to see how this encounter unfolds. Kolkata are in a slightly better position with 5 wins in 11 games. Victories in their remaining three fixtures would definitely guarantee their spot in the playoffs. Punjab on the other hand have had an uneven season so far. On some days they come up with a fluent all round show and then in the very next game seem to forget the basics. They are unarguably the most unpredictable team in the history of this tournament who have a habit of losing momentum out of nowhere. Another loss would end their season. So, it would be interesting to witness how rises to the top in the battle of survival.
Match: KOL vs PUN, 45th Match, Indian T20 League 2021
Date: Friday, October 01, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai
Pitch & Weather Report
The surface at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium is good for batting but it has also assisted the bowlers in the second half. Both sides will bank on their spinners to get the best out of the slow playing conditions. Team winning the toss should look to bat first. The temperature is expected to hover around 38 degree celsius with partly cloudy skies.
KOL vs PUN Squads
KOL: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
PUN: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Dawid Malan, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Utkarsh Singh, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson
KOL vs PUN Probable XIs
KOL: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/ Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy
PUN: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh/Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Punjab enjoys the luxury of having T20 specialists such as Nicolas Pooran, KL Rahul, and Chris Gayle in their ranks and Kolkata should not commit the mistake of taking them lightly. The addition of Ravi Bishnoi to the groove has also bolstered the bowling attack of the Kings. With both teams eyeing a spot in the top four, expect a cracker of a contest. Punjab is our pick of the day.
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