The Punjab Kings face the Kolkata Knight Riders after winning the first game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The two teams have had memorable encounters over the years, the most high-profile one being the high-scoring thriller in the 2014 IPL Final. 

Since 2008, the teams have met each other in 29 games, with the Knights leading the head-to-head record by a healthy 19-10 difference. Punjab Kings will take on KKR this Friday looking to better this record against Shreyas Iyer’s team. 

Ahead of the game, here is a breakdown of their head-to-head record at home, away and neutral venues.

Venue Matches Played Won by PBKS (or KXIP) Won by KKR
Eden Gardens 11 3 8
Mohali 7 3 4
Neutral venues 11 4 7

Further, there have been some players who have been exceptionally successful in the PBKS-KKR clashes. Some of their cumulative and most successful numbers are listed below.

Statistics Punjab Kings Kolkata Knight Riders
Highest individual score Wriddhiman Saha - 115* Manish Pandey - 94
Most runs KL Rahul - 317 Gautam Gambhir - 492
Most wickets Piyush Chawla - 24 Sunil Narine - 31
Best bowling performance Sandeep Sharma - 4/25 Sunil Narine - 5/19

It is safe to say that the PBKS outfit will be wary of Sunil Narine and will prepare their plans for the wily spinner. It is interesting to note that there have been no centurions for KKR against PBKS. However, Wriddiman Saha and Mahela Jayawardene have touched the triple-digit mark against Kolkata for the Kings. 

Here’s hoping some new names make their way into this list on Friday, April 1, in the two teams’ only group stage encounter of the Tata Indian Premier League 2022.