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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings: 45th IPL Match Prediction, Fantasy XI Tips & Probable XI

Rishabh Gautam
By Rishabh Gautam
October 01, 2021 • 17:07 PM View: 1994

KKR vs PBKS IPL Match Prediction: In the 45th match of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Punjab Kings in Dubai on Friday. Both the teams are in the middle of the points table where a single loss or win can alter their chances of qualifying for the playoff. KKR defeated PBKS the last time these two teams met this season. 

KKR vs PBKS, 44th IPL Match Details

  • Date – Thursday, October 1, 2021
  • Time – 7:30 PM IST
  • Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

KKR vs PBKS, 45th IPL Match Preview:

Kolkata has their find of the season, Venkatesh Iyer, batting superbly while opening the innings for KKR. He scored 41* against RCB and 53 against MI, proving his worth on the grandest stage.


KKR spin bowling department - Narine & Chakravarthy can provide breakthroughs at any time for their team.  Prasidh Krishna came back from an injury in the last match vs CSK and was hammered by Jadeja, giving 22 runs in an over. 

A good sign for Punjab Kings is that Aiden Markram seems to be back in form, as he scored 42 off 29 balls in the last match vs MI. Also, they would be hoping that Mayank Agarwal recovers from his injury and joins them for this match.

PBKS bowling seems in good hands, with Arshdeep, Shami & Ellis leading the pace department while Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi can be destructive with their spin any day.

KKR vs PBKS, 45th IPL Match Prediction:

Going by the current league standing, this can be a closely fought contest between the two teams. 

KKR vs PBKS Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 28
  • Kolkata Knight Riders – 19
  • Punjab Kings - 9 

KKR vs PBKS, 45th IPL Match Team News: 

  • Kolkata Knight Riders - All the players are available for selection.
  • Punjab Kings - Mayank Agarwal may make his back into the team from injury and if so, Mandeep Singh would miss out. Chris Gayle has opted out of IPL Due to bubble fatigue and so he won't be available for the rest of the Punjab Kings' matches.

KKR vs PBKS, 45th IPL Match Probable Playing XI:

Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy

Punjab Kings - KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal/Mandeep Singh, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

KKR vs PBKS, 45th IPL Match Fantasy XI:

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Wicket-keepers - KL Rahul
Batters - Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nitish Rana, Mayank Agarwal
All-rounders - Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine
Bowlers - Lockie Ferguson, Arshdeep Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Ravi Bishnoi

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