IPL 2021, KKR vs PBKS live updates: Punjab Kings are still in playoffs contention despite their poor run of form in IPL 2021 but they can affect the chances of other teams including Kolkata Knight Riders whom they face tonight. Punjab are almost knocked out of the tournament as they stand at third from the bottom with eight points. They can help RCB consolidate their third spot position, who have 14 points to their tally and closely followed by KKR at fourth position. If KKR lose, then they will lose two crucial points and the gap between the two sides will increase.
KKR allrounder Venkatesh has caught everyone’s attention with his fearless strokeplay against genuine pace but Bishnoi’s wrist spin has troubled the best in the business during the last two editions.
It will be the biggest match-up in the game which is very important for KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings if they have any intentions of staying afloat in the competition. Rahul had admitted after the defeat against Mumbai that his team has not played well under pressure and needs to put up a better fight.
The poor show from the middle-order has also hurt them badly as only Rahul (422 runs) and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (332 runs) have found some form. And with Chris Gayle withdrawing from the league citing bubble-fatigue, their batting has been weakened.
For KKR, Venkatesh’s mastery against spin has not yet been a topic of discussion but it will be interesting to see if he can survive the first spell of Shami and Arshdeep. Also, how he tackles Bishnoi and left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar during the middle overs will be keenly observed. Venkatesh will certainly like to put up a strong show which will get him a fat contract during the big IPL auction next year.
KKR have also made one correct move by sending Nitish Rana up the order as he is a far better player of spin bowling than his skipper Eoin Morgan. The strategy paid dividends in their win against Delhi Capitals earlier in the tournament.