Date: 26 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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The stage is set for match no. 21 of the Indian T20 League as two teams in the bottom half of the table go up against each other in a crucial encounter. While Punjab are coming to this contest on the back of a comprehensive win against Mumbai, there will be lot of pressure on Kolkata who have suffered four defeats in a row. With two important points at stake, it is going to be a high-voltage contest between two star-studded sides on Monday.
KL Rahul's side played their previous match in Chennai where the conditions were favourable to spinners. With a change in venue, there is a possibility that Fabian Allen might make way for a fast bowler like Jhye Richardson or Chris Jordan.
Eoin Morgan's side will have a few concerns coming to this contest with them struggling to find their perfect team combination. There is a slight possibility that they might add someone like Lockie Ferguson in place of Sunil Narine to strengthen their death bowling.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are one of the most lethal opening pairs in the tournament. Against a struggling bowling line-up, the duo is expected to do well and could be a great addition to one's fantasy side. Moises Henriques hasn't had too much to do so far but with his all-round skills, he could be the X-factor in this contest. Meanwhile, Ravi Bishnoi looked at his absolute best in the previous match and can certainly bring some valuable points.
Shubman Gill has not had a great start to the season but he has looked in good touch and could be in for a big knock. Dinesh Karthik has made some vital contributions with the bat and with the top order struggling, he might be needed to play another crucial knock. Meanwhile, Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy are the other players from Kolkata who have shown glimpses of their class and should be included in one best XI.
Probable Playing XI
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Jhye Richardson, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques
Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Ravi Bishnoi, Prasidh Krishna, Arshdeep Singh
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