IPL 2023: KKR vs LSG, Match Prediction and more details

Eden Gardens will play host to the KKR vs LSG clash. KKR needs to win to stay alive in the playoffs race while LSG needs a win to confirm their playoff spot.

Kolkata Knight Riders will go head to head against Lucknow Super Giants on the 20th of May. KKR need a win to stay alive in the race for playoffs, their win won’t be enough as they will need to depend on results from other teams. LSG can go for a top-2 of the IPL points table with a win.

Kolkata Knight Riders have 12 points in 13 games. KKR can take their points tally to 14 with a win. The Nitish Rana-led side currently has an NRR of -0.256 which is worse than the Rajasthan Royals who are also at 12 points and Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who currently has 14 points have an NRR of -0.128 and +0.18 respectively.

Lucknow Super Giants currently have 15 points ad are behind Chennai Super Kings due to NRR. LSG has an NRR of +0.30 while CSK has +0.38. The proximity between the two sides means that even in the case of both of them winning, the margin of win could be crucial for a top-2 finish. This match will be a night game while CSK plays the afternoon game against Delhi Capitals. LSG will have their task cut out for them if CSK wins the afternoon game.

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Match Details:

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants, Match 68, IPL 2023

Venue: 

Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date & Time: 

Saturday, May 20, 7:30 PM IST

Telecast & Streaming Details: 

Star Sports Network and JioCinema

KKR vs LSG Pitch Report

Three teams that batted first and three teams that were chasing won the six games that were played at Eden Gardens so far this season. The pitch has produced a few high-scoring games as batters have enjoyed the setting. Spinners have received excellent guidance as well. The captain who wins the toss will attempt to bowl first while considering the recent history of the stadium.

KKR vs LSG Probable Playing XIs:

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Jason Roy, Nitish Rana (c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Suyash Sharma, Varun Chakaravarthy

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Prerak Mankad, Krunal Pandya (c), Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Bishnoi, Swapnil Singh, Mohsin Khan

KKR vs LSG Probable Best Performers

Probable Best Batter

Rinku Singh

The southpaw has been in outstanding form this season, accumulating three half-centuries and 407 runs in 13 innings at an average of 50.87 and a strikeout percentage of 143.30. In KKR’s most recent match against CSK, Rinku scored a magnificent fifty (54 off 43) and is hungry to lead his team to another victory.

Probable Best bowler

Varun Chakravarthy

This season, the leg-break bowler has been in outstanding form, taking 19 wickets from 13 innings for an average of 20.57 and an economy of 8.03. As the season’s two-time Player of the Match winner, Chakravarthy will be anxious to bowl his team to victory and keep them in the playoff chase.

KKR vs LSG Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to win the match

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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