Punjab’s batting order is strong. Captain Lokesh Rahul played an important role in the team’s victory by scoring an unbeaten 60 against Mumbai. He has hit half-centuries thrice in five matches. Mayank Agarwal is also in good form, while Chris Gayle signaled his return to form by playing an unbeaten 43 against Mumbai, which is good news for the Punjab team. However, if Punjab has to win continuously, then Deepak Hooda will have to improve his performance, which has failed to repeat the good performance in one match in the rest of the matches.
In the playing XI, Nicholas Pooran is in danger, who has been able to score only nine runs in four innings. The Punjab bowlers proved to be expensive in the initial matches and performed well in the last match. Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammed Shami played a key role in the team’s win against Mumbai, while youngster Arshadeep Singh is also consistently doing well by taking six wickets in five matches.
Shubman Gill and Oyen Morgan struggling with bad formOn the other hand, KKR’s team, playing under the captaincy of Ion Morgan, has failed to improve performance. The team suffered a six-wicket defeat against the Royals in the previous match. If KKR has to break the order of defeat, then its batsmen will have to perform better. Nitish Rana has hit two half-centuries, while Dinesh Karthik has played some good innings. Pat Cummins scored an unbeaten 66 against Chennai Super Kings, but could not win the team. The team, however, will be expected to perform better than the specialist batsmen. Gill and Morgan are struggling with bad form. Gill has scored only 80 in five innings and Morgan has scored only 45 runs.
Naren’s return is also not good
Sunil Narine was sent up twice in the batting order, but the West Indies batsman managed to play only 4 and 6 innings. In the bowling department, Andre Russell, Varun Chakraborty and the famous Krishna have performed well. Cummins, however, has not been able to perform as expected and has managed to get just four wickets in five matches.
Punjab Kings: Lokesh Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabhasimran Singh, Nicholas Puran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshadip Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan , David Malan, Jhay Richardson, Shah Rukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen and Saurabh Kumar.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Ayan Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Naren, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Famous Krishna, Rahul Tripathi , Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.