In the Indian Premier League 2023, we are in the final round of league games. In the 68th game of the season, the Kolkata Knight Riders will face the Lucknow Super Giants. KKR defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the previous game to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they need a big win here. LSG comes into this match with a win over the Mumbai Indians, and they appear to be in good form.
Last year, the Lucknow Super Giants won both games against the Kolkata Knight Riders, bolstering their confidence. The visitors’ batting lineup is in good form and will look to capitalize on it. KKR has performed well in recent games but has struggled at home. With both teams vying for a playoff spot, we anticipate a close game.
The 68th Match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants will take place on May 20th, 2023 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants, 68th Match, Indian Premier League 2023
Date: May 20, 2023 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Nitish Rana’s team still has a slim chance of making the playoffs. They have improved their form, having won three of their last four games. The team performed admirably in their most recent match, defeating the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets. They need a big win here to boost their run rate and make the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
They will require a strong opening stand from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy, who both missed the previous game. Venkatesh Iyer needs to get back into shape and perform well in the middle order alongside Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh. With Shardul Thakur and Sunil Narine down the order, Andre Russell must use his hitting abilities to add quick runs.
Because LSG has an explosive batting lineup, Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana must take early wickets. Varun Chakaravarthy has been the best bowler this season, and he will need to keep Sunil Narine’s scoring rate under control. Suyash Sharma and Thakur must perform admirably in supporting roles.
Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N. Jagadeesan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Shakib Al Hasan
Players to watch out for:
The 25-year-old has caught the eye this season with some brilliant batting, and he was named Player of the Match in the win over Chennai Super Kings.
The experienced skipper has scored over 400 runs this season and led Kolkata with 57 in the most recent game.
The spinner took crucial wickets of Ruturaj Gaikwaf and Ajinkya Rahane in the previous game. He is one dismissal away from his first 20-wicket IPL season.
Possible Playing XI:
Nitish Rana (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Jason Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer (Impact Player)
After a 5-run victory over the Mumbai Indians in the previous game, Krunal Pandya’s team is almost through to the playoffs. After the game appeared to be lost, their bowlers pulled off a stunning victory. They cannot, however, afford to relax as other teams close in on them in the final round of league games. Pandya wants his team to win this game and avoid leaving their qualification to chance.
In this game, they will need a strong start from Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda, as the KKR bowlers can surprise them. In the previous game, Marcus Stoinis and Pandya stitched together a match-winning partnership and will look to add runs with Prerak Makand. Nicholas Pooran has performed admirably and will be required to lead the innings in the lower middle order alongside Ayush Badoni and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Krunal Pandya and Mohsin Khan bowled well in the previous game, and the team will need them to bowl similarly with the new ball. Ravi Bishnoi has been the most consistent bowler, and he must keep the scoring rate in the middle overs under control with Naveen-ul-Haq. They will also be expecting a strong performance from Swapnil Singh and Yash Thakur.
KL Rahul (c), Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yudhvir Charak
Players to watch out for:
Quinton de Kock
The South African keeper-batter is capable of winning a game on his own, with a top score of 70 from three innings in this year’s IPL.
The Australian all-rounder is finally getting the credit his performances deserve, as he was named Player of the Match after hitting 89 not out from 47 balls in the previous game.
The 22-year-old spinner had not taken a wicket in his previous two matches but responded on Tuesday by dismissing Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan when both were well set.
Possible Playing XI:
Krunal Pandya (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Bishnoi, Swapnil Singh, Mohsin Khan, Yash Thakur (Impact Player)
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Batsmen Worth Watching
Rinku Singh, Jason Roy, and Nitish Rana are our batting picks for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Roy has scored over 8300 T20 runs at a strike rate of 142.12 percent. This season, Rana has captained the team and has a best T20 score of 107.
Our batting picks for the Lucknow Super Giants are Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, and Nicholas Pooran. Pooran is an excellent finisher, but he can also play longer innings if the team requires it. Stoinis has scored over 4800 T20 runs in his career.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Bowlers Worth Watching
Our bowling options for the Kolkata Knight Riders are Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, and Shardul Thakur. Narine has plenty of experience at this level, having posted 2-15 in four overs against the Chennai Super Kings. In the previous game, Thakur took a crucial wicket of Devon Conway.
For the Lucknow Super Giants, we recommend Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, and Mohsin Khan. In this year’s tournament, Ul-Haq has already taken two three-wicket hauls. Bishnoi is one wicket away from reaching 100 T20 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Head to Head
This will be only the third meeting between these two teams, and Kolkata Knight Riders are still looking for their first victory over Lucknow Super Giants. They have yet to face each other this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Head to Head Stats in IPL
|Matches Played||KKR Won||LSG Won||Tie||NR|
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Toss Prediction
The teams that have chased the score have won the last three games. Score-chasing teams have won more games at this venue over the years. As a result, we expect the team that wins the toss to bowl first and limit the opponents to a low total.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Pitch Report
Eden Gardens in Kolkata has deep boundaries and a flat surface, which helps to level the playing field between bat and ball. The flat wicket allows batsmen to play on the up. Fast bowlers have had success, and spinners enjoy bowling here because the deep boundaries provide extra protection.
On May 20, the skies over Kolkata will be filled with strange clouds. As with most games played at this venue, the wicket will be a belter. Batsmen can easily score runs by hitting on the up. Bowlers must get their lines correct in order to perform well. To be confident, the team batting first will need to score 180 runs.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Prediction
The Kolkata Knight Riders arrive in this match with a win, but the team has struggled with the form of its openers. They will need runs at the top, and the bowlers must execute their strategies in order to win here. The Lucknow Super Giants have never lost a game against KKR and are in excellent form with the bat. It will provide them with a slight advantage over the hosts. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Lucknow Super Giants is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.80.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Ravi Bishnoi will benefit from the spin-friendly conditions and is a strong contender for the top wicket taker for the Lucknow Super Giants on Saturday evening.