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IPL: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Predictions



The Match 8 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings is going to be yet another explosive contest between these two teams.

Both KKR and PBKS will be walking in this match to gain winning momentum right from the start.

KKR started the tournament with a fine victory but loss their second game while Punjab will look to get their 2nd win in the league.

Punjab has a new avatar

Punjab Kings have a remodelled side this year with some massive power and depth in their batting.

This was evident in their first match where they chased the mammoth total of 206 against RCB.

The new Captain Mayank Agarwal was quite content with team’s performance and hoped to continue the momentum.

Punjab’s bowling will be further strengthened with the arrival of South African pacer Kagiso Rabada who will probably will be the part of playing 11 after completing his quarantine period.

Russell might sit out

Kolkata Knight Riders would be looking to regroup after their defeat in the last game and execute their plans well for this game.

Andre Russell, who could just bowl three overs in the last game is said to pull a sore muscle and therefore his selection in this match will depend on his fitness.

In case Russel is not fit, his probable replacement will be Mohammad Nabi or Chamika Karunaratne.

Nabi would be a better choice in comparison as he can give bowl a couple good overs in between and is also handy with the bat.

Match details:

Venue: Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Date: 1st April 2022

Time: 7:30pm IST

Head to head past record:

Total matches played: 29

Won by KKR: 19

Won by PBKS: 10

NR: 0

Probable Playing 11 – Kolkata Knight Riders:

Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Sheryas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson(wk), Chamika Karunaratne, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Probable Playing 11 – Punjab Kings:

Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Bhanusha Rakapaksa (wk), Liam Livingstone, Raj Bawa, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar

Star bowler of the match:

Umesh Yadav

Star batsman of the match:

Shikhar Dhawan

Who will win?

The last matches played at Wankhede have not been quite high scoring but the dew factor does kicks in later in the evening.

Therefore, toss will be important as both captains will be looking to bowl first and chase later.

As far as the win prediction for this match is concerned, all the signs point towards Punjab as being the favourite one here.

But on the same note, Kolkata Knight Riders is also a formidable and disciplined team and it would not be an easy task to strike them a second defeat in a row.

Punjab Kings will be once again eyeing a big score if they bat first. Odean Smith is a fantastic young talent from Caribbean just like the big names before from there.

His all-round strength will be under the light in this match.

Punjab will be playing on the back of a win here but KKR will definitely be looking to make their mark and register their second win for this year.

Match 8 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings will be yet another thrilling contest and more such predictions for the upcoming matches will be here again.

Stay Tuned and enjoy the biggest mela of Cricket!

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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