The Punjab team will take on the Kolkata team in the second match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on 1st April, Saturday. Punjab had a moderate campaign in the previous season of the Indian Playerzpot League as they finished sixth in the league stage and failed to qualify for the playoffs. While, Kolkata had a disappointing season as the team finished seventh in the league stage and thus, failed to reach the knockout rounds of the tournament.

Punjab will be hoping to redeem themselves with a positive start to the new season of the Indian Playerzpot League and Kolkata, on the other hand, will be aiming for glory for the third time in the 16th edition of the tournament. Kolkata will miss the services of S. Iyer, P. Cummins, and S. Billings in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. The match between Punjab and Kolkata is expected to be exciting as both teams will aim for a win to kick off the new season.

Players to watch out for

A. Singh (Punjab)

A. Singh has been one of the best bowlers for Punjab in the last two seasons of the Indian Playerzpot League. Across two seasons, Singh scalped 28 wickets, including a five-wicket haul, at an average of 25.96 and an economy rate of 7.96. A. Singh is known for his ability to swing the ball and deliver yorkers. He is often considered one of the best death-over specialists. He can form a formidable pace attack alongside K. Rabada. His swing bowling can pose a threat to Kolkata’s batting line-up. He is definitely one of the watch-out for players in the match.

A. Russell (Kolkata)

A. Russell is one of the best all-rounders in the history of T20 cricket. Russell has been an integral part of the Kolkata team since 2014. A. Russell can pose a big threat to Punjab’s bowling line-up due to his power-hitting ability. Also, he can wickets in the middle overs. Russell is a reliable all-rounder and ‘One Man Army’ for Kolkata who can deliver his best with the bat as well as the ball. Kolkata is expected to rely on him during the team’s face-off with Punjab.

S. Dhawan (Punjab)

S. Dhawan will be leading the Punjab team in Indian Playerzpot League. Dhawan is one of the prolific batters and second leading run-getter of the tournament, aggregating 6244, including two centuries and 46 fifties, at an average of 35.08 in 206 matches. For seven consecutive seasons (2016 to 2022), S. Dhawan consistently scored 400+ runs in each season. Dhawan is an attacking batter and provides good starts. His aggressive style of playing is expected to pose a threat to Punjab’s bowling line-up.

S. Thakur (Kolkata)

S. Thakur is expected to be one of the key bowlers for Kolkata in the face-off against Punjab. Thakur can be a reliable bowler in the middle overs alongside A. Russell and S. Narine Moreover, he has the potential to turn the game around by playing a few good knocks at the lower order of the batting line-up. S. Thakur is a handy all-rounder and Kolkata is likely to bank on him during the team’s face-off against Punjab.

Predicted Playing XI

Punjab: S. Dhawan [C], P. Singh, B. Rajapaksa, L. Livingston, S. Khan, J. Sharma, R. Dhawan, S. Curran, K. Rabada, A. Singh, R. Chahar.

Kolkata: N. Jagadeeshan, R. Gurbaz, N. Rana, R. Singh. V. Iyer. A. Russell, S. Narine (C), S. Thakur, T. Southee, U. Yadav, V. Chakravarthy,

Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: J. Sharma

Batsmen: S. Dhawan [C], N. Rana, L. Livingstone, R. Singh

All-rounders: A. Russell, S. Curran

Bowlers: S. Thakur, K. Rabada, A. Singh, R. Chahar

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