Kolkata Knight Riders want a giant win of their last round-robin match to maintain their slim IPL play-off hopes alive, whereas Lucknow Tremendous Giants will look to seal their place within the prime 4 when the 2 groups face off, on Wednesday. With seven losses and 6 wins, KKR are positioned on the sixth spot with 12 factors and they won’t solely must win however do it with a giant margin after which hope that different outcomes go their technique to salvage any hope of sneaking into the knockout stage.
LSG have already got one foot on the play-offs as they’re positioned on the third spot with 16 factors however with a lot of groups jostling it out for remaining three berths, they may look so as to add two extra factors to keep away from any last-minute hiccup.
Two-time former champions, KKR, which had reached the ultimate final 12 months, have managed to maintain their theoretical probabilities alive after coming good within the final two matches towards Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Shreyas Iyer‘s males rode on Andre Russell‘s all-round brilliance and close to good execution from the bowlers to notch up a complete 54-run win over SRH of their final match.
Whereas Russell and Sam Billings lifted KKR to 177/6 to arrange the win, the top-order as soon as once more could not produce the products after being decreased to 72 for 3.
Ajinkya Rahane‘s battle lastly got here to an finish after he was dominated out of the rest of the IPL resulting from a hamstring harm, whereas Venkatesh Iyer continued to disappoint in his second season.
Nitish Rana has blown cold and hot, whereas skipper Iyer’s bat has been silent within the final three video games.
KKR additionally misplaced tempo spearhead Pat Cummins, who was dominated out owing to a hip harm but it surely did not matter a lot because the Kolkata outfit dished out a stellar bowling effort the opposite day.
Again within the workforce after recovering from a calf muscle harm, Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee saved issues tight, whereas Russell snapped three essential wickets.
Spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy too had been of their parts and KKR will hope for one more medical present from their bowling unit.
LSG, alternatively, are coming into the match after struggling two successive defeats and must put up an improved present to finish issues on a excessive.
The principle concern for LSG is their poor batting present within the final two matches with the batters struggling within the powerplay towards high quality bowling.
LSG’s batting is so much depending on skipper KL Rahul, who has achieved bulk of the scoring with two lots of however he has been off-colour within the final three video games.
Different opener Quinton de Kock, who has scored three half centuries, too has been dismissed for 11 and seven within the final two video games, which added to the workforce’s woes.
Nevertheless, Deepak Hooda has been rock stable and it was his fifty that saved LSG within the hunt within the final sport.
Younger Ayush Badoni too shall be wanting to show he isn’t a one-game surprise, whereas Krunal Pandya additionally has to step up within the rear finish of the event.
LSG will even look to make use of Marcus Stoinis higher as he is without doubt one of the most prolific all-rounders in world cricket.
Bowling has proved to be the weak hyperlink for LSG although the likes of Avesh Khan and Jason Holder have delivered with 17 and 14 wickets to date however Mohsin Khan was taken to the cleaners within the final sport.
Spinner Ravi Bishnoi picked up two wickets towards Rajasthan Royals and LSG would count on him to maintain issues tight within the center overs on Wednesday.
Groups (from): Lucknow Tremendous Giants: KL Rahul (c), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton De Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya. Jason Holder.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Abhijeet Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Indrajith, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer (C), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammed Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.
Match begins at 7:30 PM.
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