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IPL 2021 UAE KKR vs PBKS: Best Predicted Playing 11 for Both

IPL 2021 KKR vs PBKS: A fight in the middle of the points table as we look at the dream XI best players tips and predicted playing 11 for both the teams. 

It’s Match 45, and we would now be left with only 25% of the tournament to be completed. Fighting today are two mid-table teams, who would be inching forward towards the Playoffs spot. While KKR are going decent with 5 wins from 11 games at a +ve NRR of +0.363, PBKS are in 6th position with 4 wins from 7 games at a – ve NRR of – 0.288.

KKR look favorites going ahead into this match against PBKS. A win for them will take them one step closer to the playoffs spot. Whereas a loss could mean the 4th Playoffs spot would still be wide open. For PBKS, a loss could almost eliminate them from the competition. A win will keep their Playoffs hopes alive. 

From the team standpoint, both teams were without their first-choice players, Mayank Agarwal and Andre Russell. Both were rested from the last match due to injury concerns. So, will they be fit before time? Well, let’s find out the predicted playing 11 and Dream XI best tips for KKR vs PBKS Match 45 of IPL 2021. 

Match Details:

  • Type: IPL 2021 Match 45 KKR vs PBKS
  • When: October 1, 2021
  • Where: Dubai
  • Time: 7:30 pm IST

IPL 2021 KKR vs PBKS: Predicted Playing XI for Kolkata Knight Riders

The biggest question for Kolkata Knight Riders shall be the availability of their star overseas player, Andre Russell. The Jamaican missed out on the last match due to injury. Given the less time to recover, KKR might rest him for 1 more game. In that case, Tim Southee should continue to play in place of Andre Russell. 

Apart from this, KKR should go ahead with the same playing 11. This makes the role of Sunil Narine, the batsman slightly important. The West Indian did a brilliant job with the bat in the last match, and that should give confidence to Eoin Morgan to continue playing with Narine at 7. 

IPL 2021 UAE KKR vs PBKS: Predicted Playing 11 for Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (WK), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson & Varun Chakravarthy. 

IPL 2021 KKR vs PBKS: Predicted Playing XI for Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings are one side that has been struggling to get a perfect playing 11. They have made changes in all the matches so far in the UAE leg, and this inconsistency has led to a few losses for them. They would have liked to go unchanged in this match, but the biggest surprise which came yesterday was the withdrawal of Chris Gayle from the remainder of IPL 2021.

The big Jamaican is facing some serious bio bubble fatigue, and has decided to take some rest before the all-important T20 World Cup 2021. Fabien Allen and Moises Henriques are the choices to replace Chris Gayle. Between the two, Fabien Allen seems to most-likely candidate given his hitting abilities down the order. 

Apart from this forced change, PBKS would like to have their first-choice opener, Mayank Agarwal back in the squad. Mayank was rested from the last game for injury concerns. However, he is likely to be fit today, and should replace Mandeep Singh. In case Mayank Agarwal doesn’t recover, PBKS can bring Shahrukh Khan down the order, and play Aiden Markram as the opener.    

IPL 2021 UAE KKR vs PBKS: Predicted Playing 11 for Punjab Kings

KL Rahul (C), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabien Allen, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami & Arshdeep Singh. 

Talking about the Dream XI fantasy players prediction, PBKS captain, KL Rahul will be under pressure to deliver for his side in a must-win encounter. He shall be a safe bet. Venkatesh Iyer for KKR is one of the only few players currently who bats in the top-order, and can give 3-4 important overs. He will be the vice-captain pick for this match. 

With Chris Gayle missing, Aiden Markram will have more responsibility this time around. In addition, Varun Chakravarthy may play an important role in today’s match. Apart from the mentioned 4, you can look to fit in the following 7 players in your squad. In case Mayank isn’t available, Nicholas Pooran should be your option. 

Top 11 Fantasy Players to Pick for KKR vs PBKS: 

Batsmen: Shubmn Gill, KL Rahul, Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal & Rahul Tripathi

All-rounders: Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Lockie Ferguson, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi & Arshdeep Singh

CVC Choice: KL Rahul & Venkatesh Iyer

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