25 Apr 2021: IPL 2021, PBKS vs KKR: Here is the statistical preview
Punjab Kings will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the 21st game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
After legs of Mumbai and Chennai, the tourney moves to Ahmedabad and Delhi.
The upcoming match is scheduled to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Notably, both Punjab and Kolkata are in pursuit of a win.
Here is the statistical preview.
H2H: A look at the head-to-head record
The King Riders have had the wood over Punjab Kings in the IPL so far.
In 27 head-to-head meetings, Kolkata have managed to win 18 matches with a win percentage of 66.67.
On the other hand, Punjab have earned nine victories against KKR (win percentage: 33.33).
Both the sides won a game against each other in the IPL 2020.
Performers: Here are the top performers
KKR batsman Dinesh Karthik has racked up 557 runs from 24 games at a strike-rate of 142.46. against Punjab.
As far as bowling is concerned, Sunil Narine has scalped 28 wickets with a best bowling performance of 5/19.
Battles: The key battles to watch out for
In terms of player battles, Gayle has managed to score 65 runs off 69 balls against Narine, while Narine has dismissed him twice.
Meanwhile, Punjab skipper KL Rahul has mustered 18 runs off 19 balls against mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy. Chakravarthy has dismissed him once.
Interestingly, Andre Russell has smashed Shami for 77 runs off 27 balls.
Stats: A look at the interesting stats
The upcoming match could witness the Caribbean power.
Notably, Gayle has a strike-rate of 220.9 against the Knight Riders at the death (16-20).
Similarly, Russell carries a strike-rate of 220.69 against Punjab Kings in this phase.
Although Rahul has been among runs in the ongoing season, his strike-rate in the powerplay has dropped.
His strike-rate in the first six overs this season reads 100.