If you take the magnifier to both these sides you’d find that they are cut from the same cloth and will quite likely be playing a similar brand of cricket based on aggression and risk taking.
The risks Punjab took in the game against RCB paid off handsomely. Ahead of their second game of the league, they have received a welcome boost in the form of Kagiso Rabada becoming available after completing his mandatory quarantine.
Jonny Bairstow continues to remain unavailable though as he arrived from the Caribbean late.
One man from whom Punjab has high expectations this season is Odean Smith, who some say is the new Andre Russell. The Jamaican allrounder struggled while bowling on his IPL debut and conceded a massive 52 runs in his four overs but atoned for that with an 8-ball 25 in the run chase. If he does go on to become Russell-like then Punjab would have unearthed a gem.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders are one and one, meaning they won their opening match against Chennai but lost the subsequent one to Bangalore.
Against RCB, they had an off night with the bat where several of their batters got starts but then got out, leaving their bowlers with a paltry 128 to defend.
One cause of concern for Kolkata is the fitness of Russell. The veteran allrounder picked up a knock while fielding in the last game and his shoulder is reportedly sore. If he misses out, perhaps one of Mohammad Nabi or Chamika Karunaratne can replace him.