Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings – Match Preview
The Kolkata Knight Riders have won four of their last five head-to-head meetings with the Punjab Kings. That includes victory earlier in the IPL 2021.
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
When: Friday, 1 October 2021
Start time: 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)
Pitch conditions: Three of the last four IPL 2021 matches in Dubai have been won by the team batting second. This is a good ground for chasing targets. A first-inning score of 170 should be competitive.
Weather conditions: The forecast suggests a slight chance of rain in Dubai on matchday. But it won’t likely limit play. Otherwise, characteristically hot and humid conditions are expected.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings – Latest Odds
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The Kolkata Knight Riders are priced as 1.66 favourites and the Punjab Kings 2.18 underdogs. Betting on the Kings could bring good value.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings – Team News
Nitish Rana – The middle-order batsman steered KKR through a tricky chase against the Delhi Capitals recently and could be key again.
Andre Russell – The West Indies all-rounder missed KKR’s last match due to injury. He might not be back for this one.
Venkatesh Iyer – The Kolkata star is proving one of the finds of the IPL 2021. He’s performing well with bat and ball.
Mandeep Singh – The Punjab opener should be retained in the XI if Mayank Agarwal has not recovered from injury.
Ravi Bishnoi – The Punjab bowler is one of the best leg-spinners on display during the Indian Premier League 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings – Betting Tips and Predictions
We have more expert betting tips for your benefit. These predictions include odds advice and are based on the form of the players.
Bet on Rana for Top KKR Batsman
Nitish Rana is proving a vital part of Kolkata’s batting resources as the franchise chase the title glory they achieved in 2012 and 2014.
He has been unbeaten in his last three innings and was especially impressive against Delhi, ensuring a top-order wobble didn’t cost Kolkata victory.
Rana is a solid price at 5.5 with bet365 to be the top KKR batsman in this match. They have shorter-odds options in the same market, but we like the look of Rana’s rate the best.
Pick Narine in an Accumulator
Sunil Narine seems to have found some of the spark that left his gameplay recently. He is succeeding with bat and ball again.
Kolkata continue to deploy the West Indies star up and down the order with the bat. His superb spin-bowling remains as important as ever.
Bet on Narine to hit at least one six and take at least one wicket at 2.375 with 1xBet, who have other interesting accumulator outcomes available as well.
Select Singh for Top Kings Bowler
Arshdeep Singh is possibly the best Indian left-arm seamer in the Indian Premier League. He is working the conditions in the UAE to his advantage.
Singh was unable to prevent recent defeat to the Mumbai Indians, but can take the lessons learnt then into this match.
His accuracy in bowling wide yorkers is formidable. Bet on Singh to be the top Punjab bowler at 4.0 with Parimatch.
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