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175/7 in 20.08.75
176/8 in 20.08.80
Toss Winner - Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl first
Lucknow Super Giants beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 1 runs
LSG's quest to book a berth in the playoffs
Lucknow Super Giants to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Pooran helps LSG finish with 176. Still a gettable total For KKR. If openers get going, KKR can post 53+ runs in 6 Overs @ 1.86 odds
Though LSG are 5 down, Pooran and Badoni are still on crease. A high-scoring pitch should allow a 170+ total @ 2.78 odds.
A rather slow start for LSG. Narine yet to come into attack, has the edge over de Kock. Under 98 runs in 12 Overs @ 1.86 odds.
KKR won the toss and opt to bowl. LSG slightly ahead in our match prediction.
We are in the last round of league games in the Indian Premier League 2023. Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the Lucknow Super Giants in the 68th game of the season. KKR defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the last game to keep hopes alive for a berth in the playoffs and needs a big win here. LSG comes into this contest with a win over Mumbai Indians, and they look in good form.
Lucknow Super Giants won both games against Kolkata Knight Riders last year, adding to their confidence. The visitors have their batting line-up in good form and shall look to capitalize on it. KKR has done well in recent games but hasn't done well at home. With both teams eying a berth in the playoffs, we expect this to be a close contest.
Nitish Rana's side still has a remote chance of making it to the playoffs. They have picked form with three wins in the last four games. The side did well in the last game against the Chennai Super Kings, winning it by 6 wickets. They need a big win here to improve their run rate and have a chance of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2018.
They will need a strong opening stand from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy, who missed out in the last game. Venkatesh Iyer must regain his form and do well in the middle order with Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh. Andre Russell needs to use his hitting abilities and add quick runs with Shardul Thakur and Sunil Narine down the order.
Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana must pick early wickets, as LSG has an explosive batting lineup. Varun Chakaravarthy has been the best bowler this season, and he will need to keep the scoring rate under check with Sunil Narine. Suyash Sharma and Thakur must do well in the supporting role.
Top Batsman – Jason Roy
Top Bowler – Varun Chakravarthy
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)
Harshit Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh, Vaibhav Arora, Jason Roy, Shardul Thakur, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Krunal Pandya's side is almost through to the playoffs after their 5-run win against the Mumbai Indians in the last game. Their bowlers pulled off a stunning win after the game seemed lost. However, they can't afford to relax with other teams closing on them in the final round of league games. Pandya would like his side to win this game and not leave their qualification to chance.
They will need a solid start from Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda in this game, as KKR bowlers can pull off a surprise. Marcus Stoinis and Pandya stitched off a match-winning partnership in the last game and will look to add runs with Prerak Makand. Nicholas Pooran has done well and will need to steer the innings in the lower middle order with Ayush Badoni and Naveen-ul-Haq.
Krunal Pandya and Mohsin Khan bowled well in the last game, and the team will need similar spells from them with the new ball. Ravi Bishnoi has been the most consistent bowler and he has to keep the scoring rate under check in the middle overs with Naveen-ul-Haq. They will also expect a good show from Swapnil Singh and Yash Thakur.
Top Batsman – Quinton de Kock
Top Bowler – Ravi Bishnoi
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)
Prerak Mankad, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Karan Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, Mohsin Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Naveen ul Haq, Ayush Badoni, Ravi Bishnoi, Quinton de Kock
There will be odd clouds over the skies of Kolkata on May 20. The wicket will be a belter, as we have seen in most games played at this venue. Batsmen can hit on the up and score runs easily. Bowlers must get their lines right to do well. The side batting first will need 180 runs on the board to feel confident.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata, has deep boundaries and a flat surface, and this evens out the contest between the bat and the ball. The wicket is flat, allowing batsmen to play on the up. Fast bowlers have been successful, and spinners also enjoy bowling here as the deep boundaries offer them additional protection.
The last three games have gone in favor of the sides that have chased the score. Over the years, the sides chasing the scores have won more games at this venue. Hence, we expect the side winning the toss to bowl first and restrict the opponents to a small total.
Kolkata Knight Riders come here with a win, but the side has struggled with the form of its openers. They will need runs at the top and expect the bowlers to execute their plans to win it here. The Lucknow Super Giants are in excellent form with the bat, and they have never lost a game against KKR. It will give them a slight edge over the hosts.
Lucknow Super Giants to win
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