KKR vs LSG IPL Prediction 20 May 2023
Indian Premier League 2023
Kolkata Knight Riders
Lucknow Super Giants
- Date: 2023-05-20
- Start Time: 19:30
- Location: HPCA Stadium, Dharmasala
- Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023
- Format: Indian Premier League
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
On Saturday, Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants will clash in a crucial Indian Premier League 2023 match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. KKR enters the fixture with momentum following their recent victory against CSK, while LSG comes off a win against the Mumbai Indians in their previous encounter.
- The game holds significant importance for both teams as they aim to secure a spot in the playoffs.
- KKR finds themselves in a must-win situation to keep their playoff hopes alive, while LSG will be determined to solidify their position in the top two by defeating KKR convincingly.
- The match promises an intense battle as both teams strive for a positive outcome that will greatly impact their playoff qualification chances.
KKR vs LSG – IPL – Venue Details
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: May 20th 2023
Time: 19:30 (local)
KKR vs LSG – IPL – Team Previews
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders, much like several other teams in the middle of the IPL standings, have struggled to find consistency in their performances this season. However, they were able to secure a victory in their previous game against Chennai Super Kings, thanks to a strong bowling display that restricted their opponents to a modest total of 144 runs. Narine and Chakaravarthy were particularly impressed with the ball and will be eager to carry that form into the upcoming match.
For Kolkata to succeed, they will rely on a solid opening partnership from Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Jason Roy, who missed out in the last game. It is crucial for Venkatesh Iyer to rediscover his form and make significant contributions in the middle order alongside Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh. Additionally, the hard-hitting prowess of Andre Russell will be vital in adding quick runs to the scoreboard.
Considering Umesh Yadav’s fitness concerns and the upcoming World Test Championship final in June, it is unlikely that he will feature for KKR. Instead, the team may continue to utilize Venkatesh Iyer and Suyash Sharma as their impact players, depending on the situation of whether they bat first or bowl first.
Lucknow Super Giants
Krunal Pandya’s team is on the verge of securing a place in the playoffs following their narrow 5-run victory against the Mumbai Indians in their previous match. Their bowlers displayed exceptional skills to snatch an unlikely win from the jaws of defeat. However, they cannot afford to be complacent as other teams are closing in on them during the final round of league games. Pandya is determined to see his team win this match and secure their qualification without relying on external factors.
In the Super Giants’ previous triumph over the Mumbai Indians, opener Kyle Mayers was not included in the playing XI, with Lucknow opting for Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq instead. Considering the success of LSG’s bowling attack in restricting the Mumbai Indians during the run chase, it won’t be surprising if this decision is repeated in the upcoming game.
Unfortunately, Jaydev Unadkat has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL due to a shoulder injury, making way for batter Suryansh Shedge to replace him. Depending on the pitch conditions, LSG might consider substituting Ayush Badoni for Mishra to optimize their team composition.
KKR vs LSG – IPL – Probable Playing XI’s
Kolkata Knight Riders: J Roy, R Gurbaz (wk), Venky Iyer, Nitish Rana (Cap), A Russell, Rinku Singh, S Narine, S Thakur, V Arora, Harshit Rana, V Chakaravarthy
Lucknow Super Giants: D Hooda, De Kock (wk), Prerak Mankad, M Stoinis, Nich Pooran, K Pandya (Cap), A Badoni, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, R Bishnoi
KKR vs LSG – IPL – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
Eden Gardens is known for its short boundaries and relatively flat surface, creating a balanced contest between bat and ball. Additionally, spinners also relish bowling here, as the boundaries provide them with added protection and room to deceive the batsmen.
KKR vs LSG – IPL – Win Prediction
Kolkata Knight Riders have an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs and they will win this game.