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Saturday’s second 2023 IPL fixture sees Kolkata Knight Riders welcome Lucknow Super Giants with both teams still believing they can finish in the top four. The Super Giants are favourites to win and can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) although the Knight Riders are not far behind at 1/1 (2.00) to get the victory.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants, Match 68
- May 20, 2023 – 15:00 GMT
- Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 1 Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 2 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants – Match Predictions
- 3 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants
- 4 How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Across this year’s tournament, we have seen spinners enjoy bowling on this wicket with Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy particularly enjoying himself. We expect a turning wicket with a par score of 175.
It is forecast to be hot and humid throughout Saturday in Kolkata although the humidity levels are likely to spike at over 90% before the end of this match.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants – Match Predictions
Lucknow Super Giants have won their last two matches with Kolkata Knight Riders coming out on top in four of their last six. We are expecting a close game but the Super Giants have been more consistent across the tournament and we are backing them to win.
Kolkata Knight Riders to hit most sixes
Varun Chakravarthy to be Kolkata Knight Riders' Top Bowler
No team has averaged more sixes per game in this year’s IPL than Kolkata Knight Riders who are coming in at 9.08 maximums per match. Although they only hit four in the win over Chennai Super Kings in the last game, they had a relatively small total of 145 to chase and they went for a risk free approach. In this game they need to win big to help their net-run-rate and with Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Jason Roy and Andre Russell in the side, we are backing the Knight Riders to hit the most sixes in this game.
Our prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders to hit most sixes in the match at 4/6 (1.67).
31 year old leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy has had an excellent campaign for Kolkata and has taken 19 wickets in total. He has been very strong on this wicket with notable figures of 4-15 and 3-26. He is our pick to be the top wicket taker for the home side in this match.
Our prediction: Varun Chakravarthy to be Kolkata Knight Riders’ highest wicket-taker at 9/4 (3.25).
Man of the Match
Australian batting all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been in very strong form throughout this tournament and comes into this game with scores of 40 and 89 not out in his last two knocks. He has also returned figures of 2-28 and 2-20 with the ball in this campaign and has proved his ability to win a game as a genuine all-rounder. We expect him to be the standout player, with the bat, the ball and in the field, across both sides in this clash.
Our prediction: Marcus Stoinis to be the Man of the Match at 8/1 (9.00).
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants have won both of the IPL matches between the sides but this will be the first time the teams go head to head this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Nitish Rana’s side kept their tournament’s dreams alive with a win over Chennai Super Kings in Match 61 and nobody expects them to make any changes to that XI ahead of this game.
Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy
Lucknow Super Giants
With victories over Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in their last two games, Lucknow Super Giants do not look to be in the mood to make things easy for their opponents. As a result, we expect to see them line-up with the same players in this match.
Predicted XI: Deepak Hooda, Quinton de Kock (wk), Prerak Mankad, Krunal Pandya (c), Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ravi Bishnoi, Swapnil Singh, Mohsin Khan
How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Every game is crucial at this stage of the season and this match is particularly so with both sides still hoping to go through to the play-offs. What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than watching this clash on Sky Sports Cricket or via the Sky Go App.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- Sky Go (Streaming)
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