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IPL 2022 – Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 53 – Preview

Strong-looking In the next group stage match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, the Lucknow Super Giants will face the two-time winners Kolkata Knight Rider The game will be contested at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on May 7.

LSG is presently second in the points table, having won seven of their ten matches. Only the Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, and Royal Challengers Bangalore have defeated the Super Giants.

LSG’s opening combination of skipper KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock has performed admirably, and sending Deepak Hooda at number three has also benefited the squad. LSG’s middle order, on the other hand, has struggled to score runs consistently. Meanwhile, skipper Rahul has a diverse bowling attack that he is making good use of.

KKR, on the other hand, has won only four of its ten games and is ranked eighth in the points standings. The club will have a lot to contemplate about their performances with the bat as two-time winners have tried numerous starting combinations, but that does not seem to be working.

It should be noted that both KKR and LSG have previously won their respective competitions. While KKR managed to win the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets, the Super Giants managed to stall the Delhi Capitals by a margin of six runs. With both teams full of confidence, it’s going to be a nail-biter between the newcomers and the men in purple and gold.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 53 – Pitch Report

Both batters and bowlers have benefited from the MCA Stadium’s wicket. Early on, the new-ball bowlers acquire some swing. However, once the batters are in position, they might seek to play over the line and score runs for their team. Given the dew factor, the captain who wins the toss may choose to chase.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 53 – Tactics and Lineups

Lucknow Super Giants

LSG gave Avesh Khan a rest and picked K Gowtham in their last fixture for a beneficial match-up against the left-handers in the Delhi Capitals line-up. Another game against a KKR team that has battled for opening stands and relied on the middle-order might not be a bad option, considering Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh, the match-winners from the previous game, are both left-handed, as is Sunil Narine, who would come in next.

Predicted Lineup – Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Dushmatha Chameera, Avesh Khan/K Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Kolkata Knight Riders

Andre Russell and Quinton de Kock have had a nice little rivalry going and seeing the latter’s form, KKR Skipper Shreyas Iyer might want to give the ball to Andre Russell a bit early in the powerplay in an attempt to scalp that wicket. However, this could prove to be a gamble since Quinton has thrashed Andre for big runs in the past.

Predicted Lineup – Baba Indrajith, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 53 – Trivia

Rahul is 49 runs shy of 500 runs for the fifth season in a row.

KKR is the only team that has yet to achieve a 50-plus opening stand.