The Indian T20 League will now move to newer cities. Wankhede Stadium and MA Chidambaram Stadium hosted the first few matches of the league. Now Narendra Modi Stadium, Arun Jaitley Stadium, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, and Eden Gardens will be hosting the rest of the tournament.
The match between Punjab and Kolkata will be the 21st match of the league. The Narendra Modi Stadium will be the host of the Indian T20 League match today.
The match will start at 7:30 pm, and the live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
We have mentioned probable playing 11 today, live pitch report today match, today weather report, and match prediction today.
Both Punjab and Kolkata have played a total of 27 games in the Indian T20 League. Today’s game will be the 28th game between Punjab and Kolkata.
Punjab has won nine games, and Kolkata has won 18 games. Kolkata has completely dominated Punjab in Kolkata vs Punjab head to head records.
Punjab has won five games while batting first and four games while batting second. Kolkata has won six games while batting first and 12 games while batting second.
Punjab has a better record in the first innings, but Kolkata has completely decimated Punjab in the second innings.
Punjab has an average of 157 runs in the first innings and 163.6 in the second innings.
Kolkata has an average of 183 runs in the first innings and 150.4 in the second innings.
On 12 May 2018, Kolkata made 245 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. It is the highest total in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Sunil Narine made 75 runs off 36 deliveries, and Dinesh Karthik made 50 off 23 balls for Kolkata.
Andrew Tye gave away 41 runs in four overs and took four wickets.
In reply, KL Rahul made 66 off 29 balls. Ashwin made 45 off 22 deliveries. Punjab got so close to the target and made 214 runs after losing eight wickets in 20 overs.
Punjab lost the game by 31 runs. Both the teams made their highest total against each other in this game.
Kolkata and Punjab could never bowl out each other under 100 runs.
On 30 April 2011, Punjab made 119 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. On 26 April 2014, Kolkata made 109 runs in 18.2 overs.
Gautam Gambhir, the former Kolkata captain, has made the most runs in Punjab vs Kolkata games. He made 492 runs in 15 games with an average of 44.73 and a strike rate of 121.78.
Wriddhiman Saha is the highest run-getter in Punjab vs Kolkata games for the Punjab team. He made 322 runs in 10 games with an average of 35.78 and a strike rate of 143.11.
Andre Russell is the highest run-getter among the current players. He has made 251 runs in nine matches with an average of 31.38 and a strike rate of 205.74.
Russell has the highest strike rate among players who have made over 100 runs in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
KL Rahul is the current highest run-getter for Punjab in the current lineup. He has made 231 runs in six games with an average of 38.5 and a strike rate of 152.98.
Mahela Jayawardene made 230 runs in six games and had an average of 115, which is the highest among Punjab vs Kolkata encounters. He is also among the only two players who have made a century in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Wriddhiman Saha and Mahela Jayawardene are the only two centurions in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Gautam Gambhir hit five half-centuries in Punjab vs Kolkata games, which is the most by any player.
Sunil Narine has the most number of wickets across his name in Punjab vs Kolkata games. He has taken 28 wickets in 19 games with an average of 18.18, an economy of 6.97, and a strike rate of 15.64. He also has featured in the most number of games for Kolkata against Punjab. His average is the least among all the bowlers who have taken over ten wickets in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Piyush Chawla is second on this list. He took 14 wickets in 13 games for Kolkata with an average of 25.64, an economy of 8.16, and a strike rate of 18.86.
Mohammed Shami is the highest wicket-taker for Punjab among the current players. He has taken six wickets in four games with an average of 20.67, an economy of 8.27, and a strike rate of 15.
Sachithra Senanayake was the only bowler for Kolkata who bowled a maiden over in Punjab vs Kolkata match. Sandeep Sharma is the only bowler who has bowled two maiden overs against Kolkata.
Morne Morkel took ten wickets against Punjab for Kolkata with an economy of 6.79, which is the least among all the bowlers who have taken ten or more wickets in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Andre Russell has a strike rate of 11.46, which is the least among bowlers who have taken over ten wickets in Punjab vs Kolkata games.
Here’s a list of players who have played for both the teams in Punjab vs Kolkata games:
Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manvinder Bisla, Varun Chakravarthy, Piyush Chawla, Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Dinesh Karthik, Brett Lee, Ankit Rajpoot, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, and Mandeep Singh.
Also, Kolkata has included Gurkeerat Singh Maan in its squad. He has replaced injured Rinku Singh in the team. Maan was also once a part of the Punjab team.
Punjab playing 11 today match might look like this:
1. KL Rahul
2. Mayank Agarwal
3. Chris Gayle
4. Nicholas Pooran
5. Deepak Hooda
6. Moises Henriques
7. Shahrukh Khan
8. Fabian Allen/Chris Jordan
9. Murugan Ashwin/Ravi Bishnoi
10. Mohammad Shami
11. Arshdeep Singh
Kolkata playing 11 today might look like this:
1. Nitish Rana
2. Shubman Gill
3. Rahul Tripathi
4. Eoin Morgan
5. Sunil Narine/Shakib Al Hasan
6. Dinesh Karthik
7. Andre Russell
8. Pat Cummins
9. Kamlesh Nagarkoti
10. Varun Chakravarthy
11. Prasidh Krishna
The captain of the Kolkata team has not been in a good form recently. The franchise will hope that he finds his form and lead the team to the playoffs.
Today's Indian T20 League match will be an important one for the Irishman.
Russell showed his capabilities with the bat in the game against Chennai. He made 54 off 22 balls but could not get the team across the lines.
He will hope to win a few games for the team.
The captain and the wicket-keeper have performed decently in this season. But the name change has not worked for the Punjab-based franchise in this season.
Punjab’s luck has not been similar to that of Delhi for whom the name-change worked perfectly.
The Kings and the captain would look to perform well in this game.
The Chennai-based all-rounder has looked in good shape this season. He would look to continue his form in this game as well.
You can pick KL Rahul or Nitish Rana as the captain of your fantasy team because of the form that both of them have shown in the tournament.
You can pick Shahrukh Khan or Andre Russell from today match playing 11 as the vice-captain of your fantasy cricket team.
The Narendra Modi Stadium will be the host of this game. It will be the first time that an Indian T20 League match will be played on this ground. However, the five T20Is of the India – England series were played on this ground. Also, seven of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches including the finals were played at this stadium.
Data points from India vs England T20 series:
The average score in the first innings: 170.6
The average score in the second innings: 163.8
Three of the five matches were won by the team batting second.
Data points from the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy:
The average score in the first innings: 138.3
The average score in the second innings: 134.9
Five of the seven games were won by the team batting second.
During the India-England T20 series, both the black and red soil cricket pitch was used.
Dew also played an enormous role in that series. It might again be a critical factor in this game.
The black soil pitch was quite solid and abrasive. There was grass on the pitch at the start of the series, which gradually reduced and made it easier for the players to score runs. Hence, if the grass is there on the pitch, players will find it difficult to score runs.
Slow bowlers and spinners will have a good day on red soil pitch. Fast-bowlers will like to bowl it on black soil pitch.
Today’s weather report predicts that the temperature will be in the range of 28°C – 42°C and a hazy and warm atmosphere will be there.
The cloud cover during the match will be 31%. The weather report today also predicts that the probability of precipitation during the game is zero.
There will be a game tomorrow as well in this same stadium. Tomorrow weather report also predicts that the weather will remain the same in the city.
The previous records suggest that teams have preferred chasing on this ground. Hence, the team winning the toss will look to bowl first.
We have mentioned todays match prediction in this section.
Both Punjab and Kolkata had a decent start in the league. Both of them won their first game but then their campaign was derailed courtesy of various factors.
Punjab and Kolkata will try to find their winning mojo in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Last year, both Punjab and Kolkata missed the play-offs ticket by a very small margin. This match will be an important one for both teams.
Our today’s match prediction is that Kolkata might win this Punjab vs Kolkata encounter. Kolkata has dominated Punjab in the past and might do the same in this match as well.
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