Date: 1 April 2023
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium, Mohali
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Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders are scheduled to face each other at the PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali to kickoff their IPL 2023 campaign. Last season, both teams finished outside the playoffs spot on the points table as PBKS won 7 and lost 7 matches while KKR won 6 and lost 8 matches.
Former two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take the field with a new captain in Nitish Rana as their regular captain Shreyas Iyer is unlikely to play in the tournament due to a recurring back injury. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings also appointed Shikhar Dhawan as their new captain, who replaces Mayank Agarwal.
Both PBKS and KKR are going to play their first match of the IPL 2023 season, so the toss might be a bit of a tricky call. But since Kolkata have won 2 of their last 3 tosses against Punjab, there is a better chance for Nitish Rana to pull one over Shikhar Dhawan.
Kolkata Knight Riders are coming into the new IPL season with a lot of top players injured in the buildup, namely Shreyas Iyer and Lockie Ferguson. With such uncertainty around KKR team, Punjab Kings will have an upper hand over their opponents at their home pitch in the able leadership of Shikhar Dhawan.
Powerplay Score and First Innings Score
PCA I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali is known for high scoring contests in the Indian Premier League over the years irrespective of the large side boundaries. So the powerplay score is expected to be around 45-55 and the first innings score can get up to 165-175
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