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The Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on the Punjab Kings in the eighth match of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 1. KKR will be desperate to get back to winning ways in this contest. After they started their campaign on a high with a six-wicket win over the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the curtain-raiser, the two-time winners suffered a three-wicket loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final over.
The Punjab Kings, on the other hand, will be upbeat after a morale-boosting five-wicket win over RCB in their season-opener last weekend. Bangalore had posted a stiff 205/2 riding on a superb 88 from skipper Faf du Plessis and a vital 29-ball 41 by Virat Kohli, but the PBKS batters put up an excellent performance to overhaul the massive total and add the first points to their tally this season. Punjab would now be eyeing to get a second straight win under their belt.
In the 29 matches played between these 2 teams, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 19 matches and Punjab Kings have won 10 matches.
There are no injury updates as of now. South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has completed his quarantine period and is available for the clash against KKR.
The Wankhede wicket is a perfect batting surface and a run-fest can be expected once the batters are well set at the crease. The last two matches in this tournament witnessed the teams batting first unable to post a challenging total on the board which eventually never turned out to be enough while defending. While the teams do not hesitate to bat first during afternoon games, the same is not the case during the evening matches as the dew factor makes its presence felt at this venue. Therefore, the captain that wins the toss would decide to bowl first.
|1||Gujrat Titans - Q||14||10||4||0||0.316||20|
|2||Rajasthan Royals - Q||14||9||5||0||0.298||18|
|3||Lucknow Super Giants - Q||14||9||5||0||0.251||18|
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore - Q||14||8||6||0||-0.253||16|
|5||Delhi Capitals - E||14||8||6||0||0.204||14|
|6||Punjab Kings - E||14||7||7||0||0.126||14|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders - E||14||6||8||0||0.146||12|
|8||Sunrisers Hyderabad - E||14||6||8||0||-0.379||12|
|9||Chennai Super Kings - E||14||4||10||0||-0.203||8|
|10||Mumbai Indians - E||14||4||10||0||-0.506||8|
|Recent Forms: W = Won, L = Lost, T = Tie, D = Draw, NR = No Result|