Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will host Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023) match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 20. The two teams have faced each other twice before, with Lucknow winning on both occasions.
Currently, KKR are in seventh place in the IPL 2023 points table with 12 points to their name. LSG, meanwhile, are comfortably placed third with 15 points and will be eager for a win to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Both teams enter this IPL 2023 match on the back of impressive victories in their previous games. Under the leadership of Nitish Rana, the Knight Riders defeated four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. LSG, on the other hand, secured a hard-fought 5-run win against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
KKR have had a disappointing season so far, managing to win only six of their 13 matches. Krunal Pandya’s Super Giants have had another impressive season, winning seven matches so far. The clash between KKR and LSG in Kolkata promises to be exciting and closely contested.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants preview
Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants will face each other in IPL 2023 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 20. This will be their final meeting in the league phase of the current season and will be their last game before the playoffs.
This season, the Knight Riders have had a mixed performance, winning six out of their 13 games and losing seven times. With 12 points and a net run rate of -0.256, they are seventh in the table. To secure a place in the top four, they must win this match. The 2012 and 2014 winners, however. face a tough task ahead.
Lucknow Super Giants have displayed an impressive performance in their second season. Under the leadership of Krunal Pandya, they have won seven out of their 13 matches, with five losses and one no result against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). With 15 points and a net run rate of +0.304, they are third in the table. A win in this match would secure their place in the top four. However, there is a possibility of the match being affected by weather, as it rained in Kolkata.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants match details
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 66, IPL 2023
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Date and Time: Friday, May 19, 7:30 pm IST
KKR vs LSG pitch report
In the current season, six matches have been played at the Eden Gardens. Three matches have been won by teams batting first, while the other three have been won by teams chasing. The pitch at the venue has seen some high-scoring games, with batters enjoying the pitch conditions. Spinners will also get assistance from the pitch. Based on previous results, captains winning the toss will likely bowl first.
KKR vs LSG prediction
Consideirng the home ground advantage and their current form, the Knight Riders are considered favourites going into this match. While the Super Giants have been impressive, KKR will likely win this upcoming match.
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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