KKR vs PBKS will be crucial for both teams as they are fighting for an important spot in playoffs. A loss for KKR would mean DC will qualify for the playoffs today and Kolkata will join the likes of PBKS and RR with 7 losses each in the table. Though Kolkata start as favourites against Punjab today in Dubai, Punjab would also try to put their best foot forward as all their remaining games are either do or die games.
Last time when these two teams faced each other in Ahmedabad, Kolkata defeated Punjab convincingly by five wickets margin. Kolkata's NRR also has been very high throughout this tournament. Thus, a win could ensure that they have a clear edge over their rivals like RCB and MI. KKR have also dominated PBKS over the years as they have won 19 out of 28 matches against PBKS in the IPL history overall.
Let us have a look at some of the numbers before start of KKR vs PBKS game:
Most runs for KKR[Among Current Players] vs PBKS in IPL - Andre Russell(261 runs)
Most wickets for KKR vs PBKS in IPL - Sunil Narine (30 wickets)
Most runs for PBKS[Among Current Players] vs KKR in IPL - KL Rahul (250 runs)
Most wickets for PBKS[Among Current Players] vs KKR in IPL - Mohammed Shami (7 wickets)
16 - Dinesh Karthik needs 16 more runs to smash 4000 runs in IPL.
2 - Sunil Narine needs 2 more wickets to have most wickets against an opposition team in IPL.
Most wickets against an opposition team in IPL:
Lasith Malinga - 31 vs CSK
Dwayne Bravo - 31 vs MI
Amit Mishra - 30 vs RR
Sunil Narine - 30 vs PBKS
31 - Eoin Morgan needs 31 more runs to smash 1000 runs for KKR.
2 - KL Rahul needs 2 more sixes to smash 100 sixes for PBKS.
3 - Mayank Agarwal needs 3 more sixes to smash 50 sixes for PBKS.
20 - If KKR win today then they will have 2nd most wins against an opposition team in IPL.
Most wins against an opposition in IPL:
MI - 22 wins vs KKR (29 games)
KKR - 19 wins vs PBKS (28 games)
MI - 19 wins vs CSK (32 games)
CSK - 18 wins vs RCB (27 games)
MI - 17 wins vs RCB (29 games)