KKR vs LSG: The second fixture of the double header on Saturday will see two of the upcoming leaders of Indian cricket face off against each other in the 53rd match of the TATA IPL 2022. This is the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants. Both teams were playing totally different cricket, and that’s what the numbers are suggesting.
With seven wins out of ten matches, LSG are sitting on the second spot of the points table. They just need one more win to qualify for the playoffs. KKR, on the other hand, has struggled recently and currently sits in eighth place. They need four wins in their remaining four matches. So this is an interesting match.
KKR vs LSG: Match Preview and Prediction
Lucknow Super Giants
KL Rahul and his team are coming off three consecutive wins in their last three matches. LSG are showing good form and playing very good cricket in their debut season. The skipper has led the team from the front and he, along with Quinton De Kock, is scoring consistent runs for the team. Deepak Hooda has been sensational at No. 3 and is another consistent batter in the team. Then they have plenty of all-rounders.
That gives more options to the skipper. All in all, the batting is just amazing. When it comes to bowling, the options are plentiful thanks to the team’s abundance of all-rounders. If any bowler has an off day, there are others who can do the job. Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, and Mohsin Khan are some of the specialists doing this. And if LSG wins this game, they will move to the top of the table.
Probably XI: KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Kolkata Knight Riders
Starting the season with three wins from four matches caught the eyes of everyone. Many started thinking that KKR would win their third IPL title this season. But then came a time when KKR struggled to win one single game, and as a result, they lost five back-to-back games. However, they won their previous match against a strong RR team, and that will give them the confidence they need heading into this game. But for them, the equation is pretty clear. KKR has four matches left and needs four wins to qualify for the playoffs.
And two out of those four matches will be played against Lucknow. So this win will surely ease KKR a bit. But the teams need their star players to contribute more. Apart from one game, Russell hasn’t had good numbers with the bat. Sunil Narine is bowling economically but is struggling to take wickets. So this is a do or die game for them and that’s how they need to perform.
Probably XI: Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (C), Baba Indrajith (Wk), Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi
KKR vs LSG Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association is good for pace bowling as it offers swing and bounce at the start. As a result, the pacers from both teams will enjoy bowling on this track. Batsmen can use the bounce to good effect. The average score here is 170. However, in the last match between RCB and CSK, the first innings score was 178. But dew might come into play in the second innings, and it will always be a challenge for the bowlers to hold the grip. Bowling first will be ideal on this pitch. The team winning the toss will go to the field first. However, six of the nine matches played here have been won by batting first and three by batting second.
IPL 2022: KKR vs LSG: Players to watch out for
KL Rahul will be an automatic pick on any given day. The LSG skipper has been in exceptional touch this season and is the second highest run-getter, just behind Jos Buttler. Rahul has scored 451 runs in 10 matches and has two centuries and two half-centuries as well.
Jason Holder will be the bowler to watch out for. The tall West Indian all-rounder is vastly experienced and can handle all kinds of pressure. He is a street-smart cricketer and will look to trouble KKR. Holder has taken nine wickets so far at an average of 29.11.
Shreyas Iyer will be the one that KKR would like to see score runs. The skipper is the leading scorer for the franchise and gives them solidity at No. 3. He can play as per the situation, with both spin and pace. Shreyas has scored 324 runs so far at an average of 36.00.
Umesh Yadav has found his mojo back since he joined KKR. The veteran pacer has taken the most wickets in the power-play this season and is among the top wicket-takers. He has taken 15 wickets so far at a decent economy of 7.15.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Quinton De Kock (LSG), KL Rahul (KKR), Baba Indrajith (KKR)
Batsmen: Manish Pandey (LSG), Shreyas Iyer (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR)
All-rounder: Sunil Narine (KKR), Andre Russell (KKR)
Bowler: Tim Southee (KKR), Dushmantha Chameera (LSG), Mohsin Khan (LSG)
Tips: KL Rahul will be the captain of the team. Shreyas Iyer will be the vice-captain. LSG has played some really good cricket so far, but KKR will take confidence from the last match. So we will back the Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.