Hello and welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE BLOG of Match 21 of IPL 2021 between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders being played in Ahmedabad.
Shivam Mavi up with the new ball
Game on. In walk Morgan’s men followed by Punjab openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.
No Lockie Ferguson yet for the Knights and Sunil Narine gets another opportunity up his sleeve. Punjab brings in Chris Jordan as the extra seam option.
Punjab Kings XI: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.
Kolkata Knight Riders XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
KL Rahul: It’s a new venue and new pitch, important we get off to a good start. That (crowd) would have been lovely but it’s important that our country fights back from this. Games like that (win over MI) helps us a lot, difficult wicket to chase and glad that me and Chris could finish it off. Such wins bring the group together. He (Gayle) keeps things light in the dressing room.
Eoin Morgan: We’re going to bowl first. Excellent ground and good outfield, seems a good surface. We’re going with the same team. We’re looking to make a big step forward today. We believe in the guys within the squad and the playing XI. Moving forward, we’ll see a lot more depth from our squad.
TOSS: KKR wins Toss and Elects to Field
Pitch report: Simon Doull and Kevin Pietersen size up the Motera pitch. The pitch has hosted a couple of India-England matches earlier this year where runs have not come easily bating first. The chasing side won on three occasions in the five-match T20I series. A lot hinges on the toss on a deck that has an even covering of grass, possibly a good sight for the batsmen. The dimensions are not big and the captain winning the toss would want to field first tonight.
After managing just 45 runs in five innings so far, Captain Morgan will be desperate to come good against Punjab tonight. – BCCI/IPL
6:20PM: Two men at the helm – Baz McCullum and Anil Kumble have a light moment near the main wicket. It’s been a gruelling start for both men as they continue to wrap their heads around the ideal combinations for momentum.
6:10PM: Nearly an hour to go for the Toss. Can KKR finally shed off the fatigue of successive losses and redeem itself in the first game being played in Ahmedabad this season?
– Match Preview –
Over a fortnight’s action done and five games each off their schedules, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders find themselves on similar course. Kolkata, however, is wounded deeper as the side has just lost the plot altogether.
Captain Eoin Morgan’s resources could not be labelled below any other side in the league – a powerhouse middle-order comprising himself, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and a talismanic Pat Cummins who steps up at possibly the right hour – easily puts them above most teams.
Yet the Knights have found a way to let slip the points from winning positions. With a tepid batting display paving way for its fourth loss on the trot on Saturday, Kolkata is hoping for its leading stars to take charge imminently. While pace spearhead Pat Cummins has put up a more eye-popping showing with the bat, Andre Russell’s on-and-off show has also hurt the cause. Skipper Morgan’s blade has been on the wane as well – just 45 runs from five innings.
KKR’s openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill have also failed to cash in on the Powerplays, forcing their side into a shell before the middle-order attempts an all-out slog in an act of desperation.
KL Rahul’s men, on the other hand, have some respite as they touchdown in Ahmedabad. A convincing nine-wicket win over the defending champion Mumbai Indians on Friday, helped Punjab snap a run of three straight losses. However, Rahul and coach Kumble will have another tussle in tweaking its winning combination to suit themselves to the conditions of Ahmedabad.
STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020):
|Rank||Best Batsmen||Team||Runs Scored|
|1.||K. L. Rahul||PBKS||670|
|Rank||Best Bowlers||Team||Wickets taken|
Punjab Kings Squad: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Riley Meredith, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
When: Monday, April 26, 2021
AT WHAT TIME DOES TODAY’S IPL 2021 RR vs KKR START?
The IPL 2021’s 21th match between Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders begins at 7:30 PM IST at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
WHERE TO WATCH IPL MATCH RR vs KKR LIVE?
IPL 2021 will be shown Live on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will be streamed live on Hotstar.