KKR vs LSG Dream11 Prediction Possible 11 Pitch Report: IPL 2023 Match 68 | KOL vs LKN Dream11 Prediction Today | Kolkata Pitch Report
If Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) win, they will sail through to the IPL 2023 playoffs. Should CSK lose to DC in the earlier game, they will have a shot at a top two finish. However, if they lose, they will need either MI or RCB to lose. The stakes are high.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in contrast, have a much smaller chance of qualification. They kept their hopes alive with a solid win at Chennai six days ago, but need a massive win here and hope that other results go their way.
In what has been a fascinating and exciting league stage, anything is possible. However, KKR will have to overcome what looks a well-rounded LSG lineup, with Mohsin Khan’s wonderful death bowling exploits another string to their bow.
Date: 20 May, 2023.
Location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Time: 7:30pm (IST).
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IPL 2023 Match 68: KKR vs LSG Possible Playing XIIs
Kolkata Knight Riders (possible impact player substitute in bold italic): 1. Jason Roy (OS), 2. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk) (OS), 3. Venkatesh Iyer, 4. Nitish Rana (c), 5. Andre Russell (OS), 6. Rinku Singh, 7. Shardul Thakur, 8. Sunil Narine (OS), 9. Harshit Rana, 10. Vaibhav Arora, 11. Varun Chakravarthy, 12. Suyash Sharma
Lucknow Super Giants (possible impact player substitute in bold italic): 1. Quinton de Kock (wk) (OS), 2. Deepak Hooda, 3. Prerak Mankad, 4. Krunal Pandya (c), 5. Marcus Stoinis (OS), 6. Nicholas Pooran (OS), 7. Ayush Badoni, 8. Naveen-ul-Haq, 9. Ravi Bishnoi, 10. Swapnil Singh, 11. Mohsin Khan, 12. Yash Thakur/Amit Mishra
Key Players to Watch/Key Stats
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Rinku Singh has had a dream season. He is KKR’s leading run-scorer with 407 at an average of 50.87 and strike rate of 143.30.
Rinku is a chasing master in the IPL. When batting second, Singh has scored 388 runs at an average of 48.5 and strike rate of 158.4.
Nitish Rana has also been magnificent when chasing. This season, he has scored 279 runs at an average of 55.8 and strike rate of 147.6 when batting second.
Can Andre Russell spark something special? The all-rounder has the fifth-most runs on this ground (798) at a strike rate of 191.83, along with 32 wickets.
Sunil Narine was finally back in the wickets last game. He could have a key role to play against Quinton de Kock, whom he has dismissed thrice for 49 runs at a batting strike rate of just 96.1 in the IPL.
Varun Chakravarthy also has respectable numbers against QdK. In 30 balls, the spinner has conceded just 38 runs and has dismissed the opener once.
Chakravarthy is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2023. He has picked up 19 wickets, with nine coming at Eden Gardens at an overall strike rate of 15.1.
Lucknow Super Giants:
Quinton de Kock hammered a memorable 140* (70) against KKR last season. He comes into this match having scored 70, 29 and 16 in his last three matches.
Marcus Stoinis is in magnificent form. He smashed a superb 89* (47) on a slow Lucknow surface last match. Away from Lucknow this season, Stoinis has hammered 223 runs at an average of 44.6 and strike rate of 161.59.
Stoinis has struggled against KKR in the past (9 inns, 113 runs, avg. 18.83, SR 132.94). However, he is well placed to turn that record around.
Krunal Pandya takes a wicket every 31 deliveries on average against KKR. With the bat, the LSG captain has struck 161 runs at an average of 23.00 and strike rate of 133.06 vs Kolkata.
Nicholas Pooran has smashed 162 runs at a strike rate of 213.2 when chasing in IPL 2023. If he gets going, watch out as KKR’s seamers have an overall average of 41.34 and economy of 10.27 this season.
Expect Mohsin Khan to play a key role in both the powerplay and death overs, which brings about some wicket-taking opportunities. He was outstanding against MI, and he can extract some bounce off the Eden Gardens pitch.
Ravi Bishnoi has gone wicketless in four of his last five away games. He does have solid numbers against KKR, with seven scalps in six matches at an average of 21.43 and strike rate of 19.71.
Other Stats and Facts
Head-to-head: Matches 2, KKR 0, LSG 2.
Jason Roy in IPL 2023: 7 inns, 240 runs, avg. 34.28, SR 150.00.
Rinku Singh smashed 40 (15) in his last meeting against LSG.
Nitish Rana when batting first in IPL 2023: 7 inns, 126 runs, avg. 18.00, SR 134.00.
Andre Russell has scored just 59 off 52 balls against spin this season, with four dismissals.
Eden Gardens Kolkata Pitch Report and Weather
Spinners have conceded 8.45 per over at Eden Gardens. Pace bowlers have been much more expensive at 9.81. So, the middle overs could be a crucial phase where either team can make inroads.
The average first innings score at Kolkata this season is a high 196. Teams batting first and second have won three games each.
There has been some rain in Kolkata in recent days, but conditions are expected to be clear for this clash according to AccuWeather.
IPL 2023 Match 68: KKR vs LSG Dream11 Prediction Today Match 20 May
Note: The below teams are not based on the final playing XIs. We may not be able to update these in time. Use the stats and commentary in this article, as well as your own instincts, to create your teams.
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IPL 2023 Match 68: KKR vs LSG Match Prediction – Who will win?
LSG to win.
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