The Kolkata team will go up against the Punjab team in match No. 53 of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. It will be the Kolkata team who will have the advantage of playing in home support at Eden Gardens. With only 3 points being the difference between the 8th-place Kolkata team and the 3rd-placed Lucknow team in the table standings, it is all to play for now at the business end of the tournament.

Punjab despite having a strong showing with the bat in match-up against Mumbai lost the game as Rohit Sharma and co chased down a 200+ runs target. While Kolkata on the other hand, made sure they stay alive in the knockout stage qualification race with a win over Hyderabad. With Punjab sitting good on 10 points a further addition of 2 would shoot up their chances of qualification, while Kolkata getting 2 points of their own will only add more chaos to this cricket madness.

Players to watch out for

L. Livingstone (Punjab)

The feared English batter is a power hitter and can unleash wrath on the bowlers when in his mood. However, the concern for Punjab is that he has not turned up in the game as frequently as they would have liked. Things now have turned for good as Livingstone in the loss against Mumbai did bring out the big guns. Hitting 82 of 42 balls, he not only sends out the word that he is indeed the power hitter once feared but also it is a welcoming change for Punjab, now that they need him to come good. Hopefully, his fury with the bat continues in the game against Kolkata.

A. Singh (Punjab)

The young Indian pacer is indeed one of the leading bowlers for the Punjab side, despite him not hitting his peak form this season, he has been influential with the ball in his hand. Known for his death bowling and variations, he is one of the players to watch out for in the game against Kolkata. Talk about numbers, he has scalped a total of 16 wickets in the 10 matches he has played so far, and needless to say, we could see the stumps flying off once again if A. Singh brings in the heat.

R. Singh (Kolkata)

R. Singh has to be one of the class acts of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023, not only in the way he carries himself but also his team during difficult times. The young batter often has very little time and opportunity to make an impact as he is down the pecking order for Kolkata’s batting but still, he is seen as the one who will deliver in dire conditions. In a crucial win over Hyderabad, he held his own scoring 46 runs off 35 balls, making sure his team has a good total to defend. With 316 runs already this season, Rinku is a threat to any bowling team, Punjab will be looking to silence the big gun and this contest will be an interesting one.

R. Gurbaz (Kolkata)

If Kolkata needs an injection of something positive to change the results in upcoming games, it has to be a boost in the opening batting order. J. Roy and R. Gurbaz are yet to cement their stands as reliable opening pair but given how feared and talented R. Gurbaz is, it won’t be a surprise if he turns Kolkata’s fortunes. His knock of 81 off 39 balls in the loss against Gujarat was just a perfect example of his sheer capabilities with the bat. Time is not on Kolkata’s side and they will have to punch above their weight and for that, R. Gurbaz will have to start hitting the right notes in a crucial match-up against Punjab.

Predicted Playing X1:

Kolkata – N. Jagadeesan, R. Gurbaz [WK], S. Thakur, V. Iyer, N. Rana [C], R. Singh, A. Russell, D. Wiese, S. Narine, V. Chakaravarhty, S. Sharma

Punjab – P. Singh, S. Dhawan [C], M. Short, L. Livingstone, J. Sharma [WK], S. Curran, S. Khan, R. Dhawan, R. Chahar, A. Singh, N. Ellis

Fantasy Playing X1 Top Picks:

Wicketkeeper – R. Gurbaz [C]

Batters – S. Dhawan, L. Livingstone, R. Singh, N. Rana

All-rounders – A. Russell, S. Curran [VC]

Bowlers – V. Chakaravarthy, A. Singh, R. Chahar, S. Sharma

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