KKR vs PBKS, IPL 2023 Match 53 Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will host Punjab Kings (PBKS) in match no. 53 of IPL 2023 at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday, May 8. According to the bookmakers, both the teams will head into the match with the same odds of winning at 17/20 (1.85).

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings (KKR vs PBKS), Match 53
  • May 8, 2023 – 2 PM GMT
  • Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Latest IPL 2023 scores & standings

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

Eden Gardens is one of the best venues for batting in the country. Since IPL 2017, the average batting first score at the venue stands at 182. Three night games have been played here this season, with the team batting first posting 204, 228 and 235. In the previous afternoon fixture, KKR scored 179 which was chased down in 18 overs.

The forecast suggests there’s no rain threat over this match with Kolkata likely witnessing clear weather.

KKR vs PBKS – Match Predictions

Punjab Kings have a destructive batting unit but their bowling has been a big concern. Kolkata Knight Riders have shaped into a good batting line-up while their bowlers showed great promise in the last game.

Probable 6s

Both the sides boast of some hard-hitters. KKR have the likes of Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and Rinku Singh. Punjab Kings have Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shahrukh Khan and Sam Curran. KKR have struck 100 sixes in 10 matches compared to 81 by PBKS.

Our prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to hit most sixes in the match at 1/1 (2.00).

Probable Wickets

Varun Chakravarthy has taken 14 wickets in the ongoing tournament at an economy of under 8. Back him to be KKR’ top wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00). Nathan Ellis has taken nine wickets from six games at 14.6 strike rate. Back Ellis to be the top bowler at 13/4 (4.25).

Our prediction: Varun Chakravarthy to be Punjab Kings’ highest wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00).

Man of the Match

Jason Roy has been magnificent in this season, smashing 180 runs in just four innings at a strike rate of 159 with two fifties. Bet on Roy to be the player of the match at 8/1 (9.00). Among others, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Liam Livingstone and Sam Curran are top betting options.

Our prediction: Jason Roy to be the Man of the Match at 8/1 (9.00).

KKR vs PBKS Preview

KKR and PBKS will be desperate to stay in the playoffs race as we approach the business end of the group stage. Let’s take a look at two teams before they meet on Tuesday night.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR are placed eighth on the table, having claimed eight points from 10 matches with a net run-rate of -0.103. Most recently, KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by five runs away from home.

They brought in domestic pacers Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana, and they did a decent job. Shardul Thakur, who hadn’t bowled much in the season, was given three overs in the previous game.

Predicted XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy

Punjab Kings

PBKS occupy seventh spot on the table with 10 points from 10 matches, with an NRR of -0.472. Punjab Kings are coming off a loss against Mumbai Indians, where they lost by six wickets after putting 214 on the board.

PBKS continue to chop and change with Matt Short coming into the side last game. Rishi Dhawan did well with the new ball and should keep his place.

Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matt Short, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh

How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

KKR vs PBKS prediction

For those in the UK, you can catch the IPL 2023 broadcast on Sky Sports Cricket. You can also stream the matches live on the DAZN application.

  • Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
  • DAZN (Streaming)


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