KKR vs LSG: The next clash of the TATA IPL 2022 is not only important for the two teams who are playing. But it is also important for the other teams as well. Because this match will surely decide the faith of 3-4 teams in this competition. There are nine league matches left to play and the contest is very neck and neck between six teams.
The next clash will feature Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants. The game will start at 7:30 pm on Wednesday at the DY Patil Stadium. Both teams’ journeys will be mainly decided by this match, so the intensity will be very high. So let’s check the complete details of the match and possible XI for both teams.
KKR vs LSG: Match Preview and Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders
The two-time champions are coming off two big wins in their previous matches. They won by 52 runs against MI and by 54 runs against SRH in the last game. And now they are looking like a totally different unit. With the performances of their star players getting better, the team’s performance is going up. However, it came too late for the KKR, who are already out of contention. But there is a very small chance for them to make it to the playoffs, which also depends on the other teams.
KKR needs to win this game against LSG by a big margin and then hope that DC, RCB, and PBKS will lose their remaining games. But that is looking like a big task and it will require a miracle to happen. However, at least they can try and win this match to give themselves a chance.
Probably XI: Venkatesh Iyer, Baba Indrajith, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (Wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy.
Lucknow Super Giants
KL Rahul and his team were winning back-to-back matches, but in the last two games, they have been outplayed by the opposition. Hence, they faced two big defeats at the hands of GT and RR. That has put them in a tricky position. LSG is sitting in third place with 16 points — the number required to qualify. But if they lose against KKR by a big margin and DC and RCB win their last matches by a big margin, then it will be a big setback for Lucknow.
They can get out of the competition. However, it looks like it is impossible, but anything can happen in the game of cricket. KL Rahul himself hasn’t performed in the last three matches and has made just 11 runs. So that will be a worry for the team. However, they will win this game and RR will lose their last game. LSG will move up to second place.
Probably XI: Quinton de Kock (Wk), KL Rahul (C), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan.
KKR vs LSG 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 168 runs. With a shorter boundary on one side, it will be difficult for the bowlers to restrict them to scoring. 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 19 matches played on this ground this season, batting first has won 9 and batting second has won 10.
KKR vs LSG Head to Head
Both teams met once ten days ago in the 53rd match of the season. It was Lucknow who thrashed KKR in that match by 75 runs. Batting first, LSG made 176/7 in their 20 overs. Chasing the target, KKR were bowled out for just 101 and lost the match.
IPL 2022: KKR vs LSG: Players to watch out for
Deepak Hooda has shown better consistency than the rest of the batters in the line-up. The all-rounder was the lone survivor in the last match against RR and made 59 runs. He also scored 41 runs against KKR in the last meeting. Hooda has climbed up the ladder and is now in fifth place in the list of highest scorers with 406 runs.
Avesh Khan has delivered for LSG in almost every match. He was the “Man of the Match” against KKR in the last game with 3/19. So he will be looking to replicate the same performance. Avesh has taken 17 wickets so far at an economy of 7.86.
Shreyas Iyer had three below-average outings in his last three outings. He had scores of 15, 6, and 6 in his last three matches. But with everything on the line, one can expect a good performance from the skipper. Shreyas has scored 351 runs for KKR at a strike rate of 130.48.
Andre Russell can do anything on the cricket field. He is the second highest run-scorer for the team and has taken the most wickets for KKR. He has registered 3/22, 2/22, and 2/22 in his last three matches, so he is expected to deliver one more time. So far, Russell has taken 17 wickets with the lowest strike rate of 8.8 in the tournament.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket:keeper: KL Rahul (LSG), Quinton De Kock (LSG)
Batsmen: Deepak Hooda (LSG), Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR)
All-rounders: Sunil Narine (KKR), Andre Russell (KKR), Jason Holder (LSG)
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav (KKR), Avesh Khan (LSG), Varun Chakravarthy (KKR)
Tips: Andre Russell will be the captain of the team. KL Rahul will be the vice-captain. As per the current team performance, KKR has the better chances. So we will back Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.