KKR vs GT: Saturday has always brought more excitement for the fans. This Saturday has also brought two matches for the fans. The first match of the double header will feature two high-profile teams in the IPL. In a day match, the Kolkata Knight Riders will face the Gujarat Titans. The match will start at 3:30 pm at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
Both teams have so far had a different results this season. GT, who are sitting at the top of the table, have won five matches out of the six they played. On the other hand, KKR has now lost three consecutive matches and is desperate for a win. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
KKR vs GT: Match Preview and Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders
Starting the season on a high note, the Shreyas-led team lost momentum in the middle. Of the first four matches, they won three of them, but then lost the next three matches after that. Now they are sitting in the bottom half of the points table with six points. Despite having a solid team on paper, they have struggled to put up a great show. And now they are in a position where they can’t afford more losses from here on.
Kolkata has seven games left now and they will have to win at least four of them. Although the batting looked good in the last match while chasing the big target, in the end they fell short by seven runs. They have to find the right bowling combination as their bowlers are leaking runs. They might give a chance to Tum Southee in place of Pat Cummins.
Probably XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (Wk), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins / Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy.
Hardik Pandya and his team have played incredible cricket in their debut season. As a result, they are sitting at the top of the table with 10 points. GT has played an aggressive brand of cricket so far, with a complete team effort. They have five different players winning “Man of the Match” awards in each game. That shows how they have performed as a team. Even in the absence of their skipper, Hardik Pandya, in the last match, they eventually won it against the defending champions.
But now the skipper is fit and will play against KKR. That will make the other side stronger. With the addition of Alzarri Joseph, the pace bowling looked better. Overall, the bowling department is looking good. And the new knock by Rashid Khan and David Miller was fantastic against CSK. Almost all the players are in form, so it will be a good contest.
Probably XI: Wriddhiman Saha (Wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (C), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.
KKR vs GT Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium is a true batting pitch. Batsmen can play their shots with the bounce. The average score here is 170 runs. With a shorter boundary on one side, it will be difficult for the bowlers to restrict them to scoring. The dew might also be another factor in the second innings. It will be difficult for the bowlers to grip the wet ball. The toss will be crucial in the game. And on this pitch, the team winning the toss should go for the bowl first. Chasing the target has a better win percentage on this ground. However, in the 12 matches played on this ground this season, batting first has won 5 and batting second has won 7.
IPL 2022: KKR vs GT: Players to watch out for
Hardik Pandya is back with the team, and that will be a confidence booster for the team. The all-rounder is the highest run-scorer for the team. He has scored 228 runs in five innings at an incredible average of 76.00 and a strike rate of 136.52.
Rashid Khan hasn’t had his name in the top wicket-taker column, but certainly he is the game changer for GT. Last match, he showed with the bat what he is capable of. But with the ball as well, Rashid is good enough for everything. He has taken 6 wickets so far at an economy rate of 6.66.
Shreyas Iyer is leading his team from the front. He was the one that almost won his team the match against RR. But he has some unfinished business to complete that he might be doing against GT in the next match. The KKR skipper has 236 runs in seven matches at an average and strike rate of 39.33 and 148.43.
Sunil Narine has been the most economical bowler in the ongoing season. The KKR skipper hasn’t given any chance for any batter to score runs in the middle. Narine has taken six wickets in seven games at an low economy of 5.04.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Wriddhiman Saha (GT)
Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Aaron Finch (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR), Shubman Gill (GT)
All-rounder: Sunil Narine (KKR), Andre Russell (KKR), Hardik Pandya (GT)
Bowler: Umesh Yadav (KKR), Rashid Khan (GT), Lockie Ferguson (GT)
Tips: Hardik Pandya will be the captain of the team. Shreyas Iyer or Andre Russell will be the vice-captain. Both teams have a good mix of all-rounders, but KKR has played on this track. So we will back KKR to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.