Date: April 1, 2023
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
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The Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings will lock horns at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali to kick off their IPL 2023 campaign. These teams had a great rivalry over the past 15 years, including some entertaining games and a nail-biting final in 2014. The Bollywood influence in these two teams also adds to the build-up for this fixture.
Also Read: PBKS vs KKR 2023 Live Score
The injury-laden Kolkata Knight Riders will hope for a dashing start to their campaign at Mohali. Under Nitish Rana’s leadership, the side has many holes, so winning this game becomes more critical than ever. The KKR Indian contingent has quality but these players need to step up and carry the team through many difficult moments.
Similar to the Knight Riders, Punjab Kings will need a great start to break their playoff drought hopefully. Unlike many previous seasons, the Kings have a far more settled side with familiar faces from last season. Their auction acquisitions have also been great additions to the side. But like KKR, Punjab would require a massive push from their Indian contingent to grab one of the playoff spots on the table.
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), N Jagadeesan, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakraborty
Grand League Team:
Batters: Shikhar Dhawan, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana
Bowlers: Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Lockie Ferguson, Shardul Thakur
Wicket-keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jitesh Sharma, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
All-rounders: Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
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