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IPL 2022 – The BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Starting XI to face the Lucknow Super Giants

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have six victories in 13 league games and are presently sixth in the IPL 2022 points standings. To qualify for the playoffs, they must win this game by a large margin. Knight Riders defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 54 runs in their most recent league encounter (SRH).

Following a balanced performance by the batting to score 177, the bowlers were outstanding in limiting the opponents to 123. Their next league game will be against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), who will also be looking to win and secure a playoff spot. With Ajinkya Rahane’s unexpected injury, Baba Indrajith may make a comeback into the playing XI.

Let’s take a look at the BEST Kolkata Knight Riders Starting XI to face the Lucknow Super Giants.

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Venkatesh Iyer and Baba Indrajith open the innings

 

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KKR’s openers have been erratic and have failed to leave an impression on the event. The club management has tried many combinations for the opening slot, but none have been able to produce a positive start for the team. Ajinkya Rahane suffered a hamstring injury in the previous league match and has been ruled out of the tournament.

In this league match, they are anticipated to replace Rahane with Baba Indrajith. Despite having only 21 runs in three outings, the team may try him out in this match because he has previously played in the competition and would like to make the most of this opportunity.

Venkatesh, on the other hand, returned to the team against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and scored 43 runs. He was, however, expelled for a score of 7 in the most recent league game and has room for growth. The southpaw has scored 182 runs in 11 games.

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Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, and Rinku Singh strengthen the middle order

 

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The team’s successes this season have relied mostly on the middle order. Shreyas Iyer, the captain, has 351 runs in 13 innings pitched at a strike rate of 130.48. His most recent three scores are 15, 6, and 6, indicating his unsatisfactory efforts. He needs to recover from a negative streak and contribute positively to the club.

Nitish Rana has made significant contributions this season, scoring 319 runs with a strike rate of 139.30. He scored 26 points on 16 balls in his last game. Rinku Singh, another left-hander, has scored 134 runs in six league games, with a top score of 42*.

In the previous game, wicket-keeper Sam Billings returned to the side and hit a solid 34 off 29 balls, laying a solid foundation for the team to record a nice total on the board. So far, he has 133 runs in seven innings pitched at a rate of 22.16.

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Sunil Narine and Andre Russell come in as the all-rounders

 

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This department is vital to the club because of the presence of seasoned all-rounders who have performed admirably for the team in recent years and were thus retained ahead of the 2022 mega auctions as well. Andre Russell, the competition’s powerhouse of talent, has been fantastic in the tournament and has justified his retention by contributing in both sections of the game.

If the all-rounder fails in one of the departments, he will assist the team in the other. He was selected player of the match in the previous match after hitting 49 runs and taking three wickets. The Jamaican-born cricketer has scored 330 runs and taken 17 wickets.

Sunil Narine, on the other side, has had mediocre results this season. In 13 matches, he has only scored 50 runs and taken 9 wickets. His economy of 5.48 is quite impressive.

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Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Southee, and Umesh Yadav form the bowling attack

 

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The bowling unit performed admirably for the squad in the most recent league match, winning a comfortable victory. Tim Southee, a seasoned bowler, has been putting the brakes on the opposition while also scooping up wickets on a steady basis. He finished the last game with figures of 2/23 in four overs.

Yadav’s wicket-taking abilities were outstanding in the opening half of the tournament. Despite missing a few games owing to injury, he reappeared in the penultimate game and got a solitary wicket while giving away only 19 runs off his full quota of overs.

Varun Chakravarthy, the spinner, made a comeback to the team and his recent stats are 1/25 and 1/22, and has performed well so far; he will seek to continue his excellent form in this vital match.