In the ongoing TATA IPL 2024, Punjab Kings find themselves in a challenging position as they gear up for the business end of the tournament. With just six matches remaining, every game is pivotal for our playoff aspirations. Despite facing setbacks, we are determined to stage a comeback and leave a mark in the competition.

In our recent encounter against the Gujarat Titans, we suffered a narrow defeat. Although we made a promising start courtesy of Prabhsimran Singh’s 35 off 21 balls, we encountered a slowdown in the middle overs. 

However, a spirited effort from Harpreet Brar, who scored 29 in just 12 balls towards the end, propelled us to a competitive total of 142 runs. 

Our bowlers tried their best to defend the score with Liam Livingstone picking up 2 wickets in the middle overs and Harshal Patel striking at the death to finish with 3 wickets. But in the end, PBKS’ old nemesis Rahul Tewatia took the Titans home.

Next on our agenda is a face-off against the formidable Kolkata Knight Riders at the iconic Eden Gardens. Kolkata Knight Riders have been in stellar form this season, boasting a formidable batting line-up led by Sunil Narine and Phil Salt at the top of the order. Additionally, their bowling attack has been in good form. They defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their last game by just 1 run, courtesy of fine batting performances from Salt, Shreyas Iyer, Ramandeep Singh, and Andre Russell. They are now at the No. 2 spot on the points table. 

Reflecting on the history between the two franchises, Kolkata Knight Riders have won 21 of the last 32 games between us. However, we managed to clinch a memorable victory against them last season, and we hope that we will be able to clinch another win this season as well. 

We are focused on capitalizing on our strengths and executing our game plans with precision. With the likes of Shashank Singh, Ashutosh Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh, and Liam Livingstone showcasing their skills, we possess the firepower needed to turn the tide in their favor.

As we brace ourselves for the showdown against Kolkata Knight Riders, we are prepared to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of a crucial victory. With our sights firmly set on securing a playoff berth, we are poised to deliver a spirited performance.