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Kolkata vs Punjab: Struggling Giants Face the Basement Side

Though Kolkata missed out only by the slimmest of margins, neither team made the play-offs last season. And if the first half of this Indian T20 League season was any guide, both will struggle to keep pace with the stronger sides in the competition.

For Kolkata, memories of the glory years and the titles in 2012 and 2014 are fading fast. Their last play-off appearance was in 2018, and with just 2 wins from 7 games so far in 2021, it will need a near-perfect second half for them to jump into the top four.

Punjab’s barren run is now into a seventh season. A look at their rivalry with Kolkata shows just why they’ve struggled so much in recent years. At one stage, after winning their first match of the 2014 season in Abu Dhabi, the two teams were locked at 6-6 in their head-to-head rivalry. Now the stats are 19-9 in Kolkata’s favor, including an 8-game winning streak and 5 wins from their last 6 meetings.

Anil Kumble is the 9th coach Punjab have had in the league, and he has his task cut out to improve on last season’s 6th place.

Kolkata Team vs Punjab Team: Head-to-Head Record

From May 2014 to May 2017, Kolkata won 8 straight matches between these two teams.

Matches: 28

Kolkata Team vs Punjab Team: Head-to-Head History

Punjab’s only victory in their last six outings against Kolkata came at Sharjah in 2020.

    • Year
    • 2008
    • 2009
    • 2010
    • 2011
    • 2012
    • 2013
    • 2014
    • 2015
    • 2016
    • 2017
    • 2018
    • 2019
    • 2020
    • 2021
      • Kolkata Won
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 3
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1
    • 1
    • 2
    • 1
    • 1
      • Punjab Won
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 0
    • 1
    • 1
    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    • Total
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1
    • 2
    • 2
    • 4
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1

Kolkata vs Punjab: Indian T20 League 2021 Schedule

    • Sr. No
    • Match
    • Date
    • Time
    • Location/Stadium
    • 21
    • Punjab vs Kolkata
    • Monday, 26th April
    • 7:30 PM
    • Ahmedabad
    • 45
    • Kolkata vs Punjab
    • Friday, 1st October
    • 7:30 PM
    • Dubai

Team Kolkata and Punjab Full Squad for Indian T20 League 2021

  • Team Kolkata Squad
  • Team Punjab Squad

Pat Cummins, who has withdrawn to focus on his assignments with Australia, took 9 wickets and smashed some quick runs in the first leg. He will be badly missed, especially with only Andre Russell batting with any fluency. Here are some players who can play a key role for Kolkata.

    • Eoin Morgan (C)
    • Andre Russell
    • Shubman Gill
    • Nitish Rana
    • Sunil Narine
    • Dinesh Karthik

Punjab need far more from their bowlers if they’re to push for a play-off place. Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan have plenty of international experience, while Adil Rashid and Nathan Ellis have been signed as replacements for Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. Ravi Bishnoi showed excellent form in the first half of the season, as did Deepak Hooda. Punjab will hope that KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal continue to score heavily at the top of the order. Chris Gayle remains a handy wild card to have.

    • KL Rahul (C)
    • Chris Gayle
    • Mayank Agarwal
    • Mohammed Shami
    • Nicholas Pooran
    • Deepak Hooda

Kolkata vs Punjab: Top Performers & Statistics

  • Top Performers with Bat
  • Top Performers with Ball
  • Kolkata vs Punjab Most Runs (2008-2021)

      • Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata)
      • 492 runs
      • Robin Uthappa (Kolkata)
      • 438 runs
      • Wriddhiman Saha (Kolkata and Punjab)
      • 394 runs
      • Chris Gayle (Kolkata and Punjab)
      • 331 runs
      • Glenn Maxwell (Punjab)
      • 262 runs
  • Kolkata vs Punjab: Highest Scores (2008-2021)

      • Wriddhiman Saha (Punjab)
      • 115* runs (2014)
      • Mahela Jayawardene (Punjab)
      • 110* runs (2010)
      • Manish Pandey (Kolkata)
      • 94 runs (2014)
      • Chris Gayle (Kolkata)
      • 88 runs (2010)
      • Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata)
      • 86* runs (2008)
  • Kolkata vs Punjab Most Wickets (2008-2021)

      • Sunil Narine (Kolkata)
      • 30 wickets
      • Piyush Chawla (Punjab and Kolkata)
      • 24 wickets
      • Umesh Yadav (Kolkata)
      • 14 wickets
      • Andre Russell (Kolkata)
      • 13 wickets
      • Morne Morkel (Kolkata)
      • 10 wickets
  • Kolkata vs Punjab: Best Bowling Figures (2008-2021)

      • Sunil Narine (Kolkata)
      • 5/19 (2012)
      • Sunil Narine (Kolkata)
      • 4/19 (2015)
      • Andre Russell (Kolkata)
      • 4/20 (2016)
      • Umar Gul (Kolkata)
      • 4/23 (2008)
      • Sandeep Sharma (Punjab)
      • 4/25 (2015)

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FAQs: Kolkata vs Punjab

How many times have Kolkata won the Indian T20 League?

Twice, in 2012 and 2014. On the second occasion, they beat Punjab in the final.

How many players have Kolkata and Punjab bought in the Indian T20 League 2021 auction?

Kolkata picked up 8 players, with Shakib Al-Hasan being their most expensive selection in the auction for a price of ₹3.2 crore. Punjab bought 9 players and were the biggest spenders, with their outlay including ₹14 crore for Jhye Richardson.

Who might the conditions favor?

Given how unequal the head-to-head record has been, it’s surprising that Punjab have won 2 of their 3 matches in the UAE. They have yet to play in Dubai though.

Can Kolkata replace Cummins?

Tim Southee, who has been signed as Cummins’ replacement, has taken 28 wickets in his previous 40 outings in the Indian T20 League, with an economy rate of 8.74. He tends to struggle when there’s no seam movement on offer.

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