As the high-octane IPL 2023 season reaches its climax, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) gear up to face the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 68th match of the tournament.
KKR are coming off a resounding victory against CSK in their previous fixture, keeping their hopes alive of making it to the knockout stages. However, they cannot afford to be complacent and must win their last league game to keep their playoff aspirations alive. The top bookmakers in India have IPL odds on their platforms.
In an intriguing twist of fate, the Lucknow Super Giants have endured a tumultuous period in their recent cricketing endeavors. Struggling to find their rhythm, they have managed to secure only three wins out of their last seven matches, with one unfortunate encounter disrupted by the relentless rain Gods. However, their fortunes underwent a remarkable transformation when they clinched a resounding victory against the mighty Mumbai Indians. This triumph has breathed new life into their campaign, propelling them one step closer to securing a coveted spot in the playoffs.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are riding high on confidence after their sensational victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their last match. The team put up a stellar performance, chasing down a challenging total at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, a feat that has eluded them for 11 years. The win has not only kept their playoff hopes alive but also instilled a sense of belief in the KKR camp.
We expect no changes to the playing XI
Predicted Lineup: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have had a mixed season so far, with their captain KL Rahul's injury being a significant blow to their campaign. However, the addition of Quinton de Kock to the team has brought a fresh dynamic to their batting lineup, with him and Mayers providing the team with the crucial starts they need. In their recent match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the Super Giants found an unexpected hero in P. Mankad, who played a crucial role in their successful chase. One area of concern for LSG has been the form of Avesh Khan, who has been expensive this season.
We expect no change to the playing XI
Predicted Lineup: Quinton de Kock, Kyle Mayers, Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, K Gowtham, Yudhvir Charak/Yash Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan
The match being played at KKR's home ground is certainly an advantage for them, especially if the pitch is similar to the one they encountered at Chepauk in Chennai. KKR's spinners have been in terrific form this season, and the conditions at Eden Gardens could once again play into their strengths. The team's morale will also be high after their recent win against the formidable Chennai Super Kings.
However, it would be unwise to underestimate the LSG. The team boasts a strong batting lineup, with finishers like Pooran and Stoinis capable of turning the game on its head. Additionally, the inclusion of Quinton de Kock has added another dimension to their batting.
All things considered, we give a slight edge to KKR in this match.