PBKS vs KKR Match 2, IPL 2023, Match Preview, Dream11 Prediction & Live Streaming

IPL 2023 is well and truly arrived with a beautiful mega-opening ceremony held tonight. The defending Champions Gujarat Titans continue their dominance with the bat as they had shown last time and love to chase targets. Today in the 2nd match of IPL 2023, Punjab Kings will play their home game against Kolkata Knight Riders and it is again expected to be a house full because there is a bit of rivalry available between these two franchises due to its association with the Bollywood. Below you will find the best PBKS vs KKR dream11 team along with probable playing XIs of both teams with weather and pitch analysis so you can make better-informed decisions while playing fantasy leagues or with your bets. 

PBKS vs KKR Match Details

Below are the PBKS vs KKR match 2 details of IPL 2023. 

Match: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 2

Competition: Indian Premier League 2023

Date: 1st April 2023

Time: 02:30 IST or 6:30 PM IST

Ground: Punjab Cricket Association stadium – Mohali, India

PBKS vs KKR Match 2 Live Streaming

This year, Viacom 18 won the IPL 2023 digital broadcasting rights and Reliance made a big call by offering Free IPL 2023 streaming coverage on JioCinema & VOOT application without asking the user to subscribe to any additional paid plan. This is a revolutionary step as it will help to reach a much wider audience and make IPL continue making huge viewership records. 

Weather Forecast

Fans from all around the world can be disappointed today as there is a 45 to 50% chance of rain during the game with cloud cover. Temperatures are expected to be around 20 to 24 degrees with a humidity ratio ranging between 70 to 80%. 

Pitch Report

Mohali’s pitch has always been a balanced venue where both batters and bowlers have something available to take advantage of. Spin can often play a crucial role here in the middle overs but since the tournament is just started with fresh pitches we expected this PBKS vs KKR match to be a nice high-scoring affair with an average first innings score will be around 180 to 185 runs. 

PBKS vs KKR Match 2 Probable Playing XIs

The great thing about Indian Premier League is there is no shortage of overseas and quality players in the franchises and none of the teams can be said weak on paper due to mega auction budgets available for the teams. 

Bowling of Kolkata Knight Riders is a bit more experienced than Punjab Kings which can prove to be the deciding factor for this PBKS vs KKR match. PBKS would be seriously hoping the most expensive IPL 2023 player Sam Curran makes a big impact with both bat & bowl to increase their chances to win this opening IPL 16 game for Punjab. 

Below are the probable team XIs for PBKS vs KKR match 2 of IPL 2023.

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Harpreet Singh, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Raj Bawa

Kolkata Knight Riders: N Jagadeesan (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy

PBKS vs KKR Match 2 Dream11 Prediction

The depth of both teams’ squads looks strong and balanced on paper with each franchise getting the services of highly rated matchwinners who have previously not only performed at the International level but also at the domestic level. 

After carefully analyzing both teams’ probable playing XIs, we have finalized our top 11 players who we expect can win you the maximum points and cash rewards. 

Below is our best PBKS vs KKR match 2 dream11 team. 

Wicket-Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jitesh Sharma, Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer 

All-rounders – Andre Russell, Sam Curran (c), Sunil Narine

Bowlers – Arshdeep Singh (vc), Umesh Yadav

We have named Sam Curran as our captain for the PBKS vs KKR dream11 fantasy team as he is in brilliant bowling form these days and being the most expensive player in IPL 2023 auction it would be great to see Sam starting off well for his franchise and earn you the bonus points. Ashdeep is our vice-captain due to his brilliant bowling stats in the IPL and at Mohali. 

PBKS vs KKR Head-to-Head Record

Historically, KKR has had the upper hand against Punjab in IPL all seasons but the new captain of KKR may take some time to adjust to the big pressure and PBKS might take full use of his opportunity plus they are playing at their home venue so the crowd support will also be with them. 

At Mohali, PBKS’s home ground as well KKR has won more matches than Punjab which is a surprising stat to see.  Below is the complete PBKS vs KKR head-to-head record in IPL. 

 Matches PlayedPBKS WonKKR WonNR
At Mohali7340
Last 5 Matches5230
IPL 20221010

PBKS vs KKR Match 2 Prediction

Expert bookmakers have predicted Punjab Kings to come out victorious against KKR with a winning probability of around 52%. Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Sam Curran, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, and Nathan Ellis are the crucial players for Punjab to create an impact and help their franchise win their opening game at home. 

For KKR to change the winning probability their bowlers Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Varun Chakravarthy have a big role to play and restrict Punjab under 160 to have big chances to win this game. 

Let us know your thoughts on who you think will win the PBKS vs KKR match 2 in IPL 2023.

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