Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants face each other in match number 66 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022

Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 53 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. High-flying LSG are placed second with 7 wins and three defeats. KKR are in a position of bother with 3 wins and 7 losses. 

Analysis of LSG

KL Rahul’s LSG have done a decent job so far, piling up seven wins and 3 succesive ones. One expects to see another crucial show here. KL Rahul leads the way for his side with the bat. He has scored important runs. Players like Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda have crucial jobs ahead of them. LSG have depth on offer and can cause KKR issues.

Bowling wise, Dushmantha Chameera has been producing substance. Ravi Bishnoi has done a commendable job so far. Jason Holder and Mohsin Khan bring value on offer. Credit should be given to Krunal Pandya, who has bowled economically and taken wickets when it mattered.

Analysis of KKR

The Shreyas Iyer-led KKR bounced back from 5 straight defeats, downing RR. Issues are on offer at the top for KKR. Every game, openers have failed as a pair. 

KKR have to decide upon Aaron Finch. It will be crucial for KKR to tweak things a bit. Bringing in Sam Billings or Mohammad Nabi can be pondered upon. 

Players like Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, and Rinku Singh will hope to handle the scoring. A crucial game is on offer here and KKR need work.

Bowling wise, KKR will want Umesh Yadav to continue his wicket-taking prowess. He has bowled well. Sunil Narine is their main man with the ball. He will look to be influential. KKR could continue with Tim Southee over Pat Cummins. Shivam Mavi and Anukul Roy are expected to get game time.

Head-to-head record

Out of 26 meetings, RR have tasted success on 13 occasions. KKR have claimed 12 wins. RR beat KKR earlier this season.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain & wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

KKR predicted playing XI: Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Nitish Rana, Baba Indrajith (wk), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, S Mavi

Which team is the predicted winner?

There is no doubt that LSG are the favourites here and can overcome KKR. However, we do feel KKR can offer pedigree in a crunch affair. We are going for a KKR win here over LSG.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The match will take place at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The pitch will have enough help for everyone concerned. The par score could be around 160-170 mark and batters will enjoy their stroke-play. Overall, a good game will be seen.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Shreyas Iyer has 2,699 IPL runs and can surpass Virender Sehwag (2,727). Iyer has smashed 96 sixes and can hammer a mark of 100. Rahul has 3,724 runs in IPL overall, including 451 in IPL 2022. He is 49 shy of 500 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Umesh has 15 scalps in IPL 2022 and 134 overall. Narine has an economy rate of 5.25 in IPL 2022. Overall, he has 150 scalps (ER 6.63). Bishnoi has 8 scalps from 10 games in IPL 2022. 

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Quinton de Kock (wk), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Nitish Rana, Deepak Hooda

All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Umesh Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Southee

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Quinton de Kock (wk), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh

All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Sunil Narine

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Umesh Yadav, Mohsin Khan, D Chameera

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

KL Rahul: Rahul has been solid in IPL 2022 and is nearing 500 runs once again. He is a sheer example of consistency. He enjoys a good record versus KKR.

Shreyas Iyer: KKR skipper Iyer has done well, scoring over 300 runs. He has done an able job in almost every game. His runs are immense for KKR.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Nitish Rana: Another KKR player who has done reasonably well in IPL 2022. He has scored 248 runs so far and will want improvement. He did a good job versus RR in the previous game.

K Pandya: A solid all-rounder, Krunal has bagged nine scalps in IPL 2022. He is a handy performer as a finisher as well.

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