KL Rahul is a good captaincy pick for this match.
Both Lucknow and Kolkata are coming off wins from their previous outings. Kolkata must be mighty impressed after seeing Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh finish off the game against Rajasthan. They can now sniff a place in the top 4, with 4 games remaining and a possible 16 points. On the other hand, Lucknow has been excellent as a debut team. 2nd on the points table, they have won 7 in 10 games. Their team looked strong on paper since the start and have met expectations.
Lucknow vs Kolkata, Match 53
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 7th May at 7:30 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports and Hotstar
LUC vs KOL, Match 53 Pitch Report:
The pitch at the MCA stadium is a decent batting wicket. The average score we can expect here is between 160-168 runs. Considering the dew factor, teams winning the toss have opted to bowl first. The pitch is expected to provide seamers with some assistance.
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LUC vs KOL, Match 53 Probable Playing XIs:
K.L. Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, K Gowtham, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Baba Indrajith, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee
Top Picks for LUC vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
K.L. Rahul has shown excellent form this season. He has scored 451 runs which include 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries this season.
Andre Russell has scored 227 runs. Even though the West-Indian has 1 half-century this season, he will favor playing in Pune considering the pitch and ground size.
Umesh Yadav has also been in excellent form. The seamer has taken 15 wickets and is expected to do well against Lucknow on a seaming track.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for LUC vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
K.L. Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock, Andre Russell (vc), Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ayush Badoni, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for LUC vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
K.L. Rahul, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (vc), Krunal Pandya, Rinku Singh, Deepak Hooda (c), Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Umesh Yadav
Captain and Vice-Captain Options:
Captain Options: K.L. Rahul, Deepak Hooda
Vice-Captain Options: Andre Russell, Jason Holder