Absence of Shreyas Iyer into the KKR camp will surely be a Huge blow as a Batter and also as Skipper.
Jonny bairstow is also set to miss games for Punjab Kings though have to look for Matt Short who had an outstanding BBL .
Both teams have an excellent set of overseas players to choose from but KKR may be forced to make difficult decision in order to balance its lineup
The Punjab Kings had a strong squad for IPL 2022 but they eventually missed out on the playoffs after winning just seven of their 14 matches . Sam Curran addition will surely give more options to the side as he can bat anywhere in top 6. PBKS also has a pretty decent set of Indian players. Shikhar Dhawan will lead the squad as captain and as their main batter while Arshdeep Singh has now developed into India's regular T20 international. Jonny Bairstow is also set to miss the campaign for the kings and would have to find replacement for the explosive batter.Jitesh Sharma was very good with the bat and as a keeper but Shahrukh Khan or Harpreet Singh Bhatia will have to raise their game to the next level for Punjab Kings to be a batting force.
KKR suffered a massive blow in the lead-up to IPL 2023 when it found out that Shreyas Iyer is not going to be available for the majority of the season. As things stand, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Venkatesh Iyer seem to be locked into the playing eleven. In normal circumstances, we think KKR would have chosen one overseas bowler (probably Ferguson) and one additional overseas all-rounder (Shakib Al Hasan or David Wiese). N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana, Umesh Yadav, and Varun Chakravarthy will fill in the rest of the gaps for KKR. Players can step forward and make the most of the oppurtunities provided due to the circumstances.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
There are some clouds expected on match day in Mohali but overall, the weather is not expected to play a major role. The IS Bindra Stadium is considered to be a high-scoring one. The average score batting first is 165 but the average winning total batting first is 179.
PBKS VS KKR TOSS PREDICTION
The team that wins the toss is likely to want to field first. 57% of matches have been won by the chasing team at the IS Bindra Stadium. That is a pretty big advantage to have.
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