Punjab Kings have a strong batting lineup with Rahul, Gayle and Pooran in the side.
Spinners of Kolkata Knight Riders are very effective in the middle overs, also picking Crucial Wickets.
Venkatesh Iyer has been a Good found for KKR as he has his impact on the game with both Bat and ball.
The Next Match will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings at Dubai International Stadium. KKR is coming off from an Impressive win over Delhi Capitals and it would give them lots of confidence. Iyer and Gill make a strong opening pair playing aggressive cricket. Tripathi has been in good form and would like to carry out. Rana has also played some crucial innings for the side. Kartik has also managed to get runs in the latter end of the innings. The big problem for KKR is going to be replacing Andre Russell for this match. Shakib Al Hasan or Ben cutting should be given a chance in place of him. Lockie Ferguson and Krishna will be the frontline pacers for the side. Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy have been bowling with control and also picking up crucial wickets.
Punjab Kings will be eager to win this match from a Playoff Point of view as they have lost many close encounters which they should have won. They lost the previous match as well. Batting looks strong for the side as Rahul and Mayank have always provided them a solid start. Gayle at 3, Pooran and Markram form a powerpack batting lineup which can be very hard to handle at times. Hooda and Brar is also there capable of hitting big shots when needed. On the bowling front, the Kings have been brilliant and it was apparent in their last match as well. Despite not putting up even a par score in the last match, the likes of Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, and Nathan Ellis did a remarkable job to make a match out of it. Bishnoi, in particular, has been pretty effective and can be a handful against the Knight Riders' batsmen, who like some pace on the ball.
Even though teams have not really enjoyed chasing as much here in Dubai, not much specifically has changed with the surface over the course of forty overs. Scoring a tall total in the first innings could be a key here, but a good start in the second innings can really offset that advantage.
Taking pace off the ball will be the mantra for the fast bowlers here. For those reasons, batting against the new ball will be the best time. Considering all that, the team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 170 runs on the board.
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