LSG would be hoping to maintain their winning momentum.
The Lucknow Super Giants will be locking horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 53 of IPL 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on May 7. Both teams will be heading into this clash having won their respective encounters. While Lucknow beat the Delhi Capitals by six runs, Kolkata got the better of in-form Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.
LSG have been one of the most consistent sides in this tournament and have won seven of their 10 matches and have 14 points to their tally with a superior NNR of +0.397. They have been on a roll so far and would be hoping to inch a step closer to a playoff berth. KKR on the other hand might have beaten RR but, that victory came after five consecutive losses and now with time running out, they would need to showcase perfection in all their remaining fixtures in order to keep their qualification hopes alive.
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: May 7, 7:30 PM IST
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Since this is an evening match, the humidity levels are expected to increase as the day progresses which means that the dew factor could certainly come into play during the second half thereby, making batting much easier for the chasing team and therefore, the captain that calls it right at the toss will have absolutely no hesitation in bowling first. A total in excess of 180-185 can be a challenging one.
Probable Playing XIs for LSG vs KKR
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
Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Baba Indrajith (wk) Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the Match
The LSG skipper has enjoyed an excellent run with the bat so far this season. He has already registered two centuries against the Mumbai Indians and comes into this contest after having scored a 51-ball 77 against the Delhi Capitals. Rahul has already amassed 451 runs from 10 outings including two unbeaten knocks averaging 56.38 and a strike rate of 145.02. He would be hoping to maintain his consistent run when he takes on the Kolkata bowling line-up.
Probable best bowler of the Match
Umesh Yadav has been KKR’s standout bowler so far. He has been their go-to man with the ball in hand right from the curtain-raiser against the defending champions CSK. The senior pacer might have gone wicketless on a couple of occasions but, that has not prevented him from featuring in the Orange Cap list having registered 15 scalps to his name. The Vidarbha speedster would be eager to add more to his wickets column.