KKR vs LSG Match Preview: Kolkata’s ‘Knight Riders’ face a tough challenge to stop Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul


Pune.Kolkata Knight Riders Team Indian Premier League (IPL) When I face Lucknow Super Giants (KKR vs LSG) on Saturday, she will be called as the captain of the opposing team. KL Rahul Have to be careful with those who are running in excellent form. Lucknow has so far won seven out of 10 matches on the basis of Rahul’s brilliant batting and is second in the points table with 14 points.

While Lucknow’s team is close to securing a place in the playoffs, KKR will have to win this match at any cost if they want to keep their hopes alive. They have eight points from four wins in 10 matches and are currently in eighth place.

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Rahul is in excellent form right now. He has scored 451 runs in 10 matches which includes two centuries and as many fifties. He played an important innings of 77 runs in the six-run victory against Delhi Capitals in the previous match. It will be a big challenge for KKR bowlers Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi and Sunil Narine to stop Rahul.

Lucknow batsmen need to take more responsibility

But other Lucknow batsmen like Quinton de Kock, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya also need to take more responsibility. Apart from this, the performance of all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and Jason Holder will also matter a lot. Fast bowler Mohsin Khan, who took four wickets in the previous match, is doing better in every next match but Dushmantha Chamira, Holder and Pandya will have to put aside their poor performance against Delhi and start afresh.

KKR openers battling for runs

Four overs each from spinners Ravi Bishnoi and K Gautam will also be important. Meanwhile, the biggest concern for KKR is its openers who are struggling to score runs. KKR tried various combinations at the top of the order but none worked. If Aaron Finch and Baba Inderjit open the innings again, then both will have to bat aggressively.

KKR captain Shreyas Iyer has scored more than 300 runs

Captain Shreyas Iyer has scored 324 runs in 10 matches, which is not in line with his talent. He has scored only two half-centuries. He has to lead from the front and play a big innings. KKR’s team management, however, will be happy that their middle-order batsmen Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh played match-winning innings against Rajasthan. With aggressive Andre Russell, this pair can dominate Lucknow’s bowling attack. KKR can keep spinner Anukul Roy in the team, who did well in the last match. KKR had broken five consecutive defeats by winning this match against Rajasthan Royals.

The teams are as follows:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Aman Khan, Andre Russell , Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (captain), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton de Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chamira, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajput, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Meyers, Karan Sharma , Krishnappa Gautam, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder.

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