Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: May 07, 07:30 PM LOCAL
What to expect: A change of tune at the toss? In all the 10 games in Pune, captains have resorted to bowling first, even as seven times of those 10, the target setters have taken the two points on offer. Of those 7, four have come in the last five fixtures so batting first should not be brave, but the logical call on Saturday. LSG have won the only game they’ve played at the venue this year, as have KKR. KKR in fact, have never lost in seven outings there.
Head-to-head: This is the first time these two teams face each other
Lucknow Super Giants
Tactics & Matchups: LSG gave Avesh Khan a rest and picked K Gowtham in their last fixture for a favourable match-up against the left-handers in the Delhi Capitals line-up. Against a KKR side that has struggled for opening stands and relied on the middle-order, another game for Gowtham might not be a bad idea considering Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh – the match-winners from the last game – are both left-handed, as is Sunil Narine who’d come in next.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Dushmatha Chameera, Avesh Khan/K Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Kolkata Knight Riders
Tactics & Matchups: An early bowling stint in the PowerPlay for Andre Russell? He has dismissed Quinton de Kock five times, but has also conceded heavily in what’s been a fiery duel (75 balls, 141 runs).
Probable XI: Baba Indrajith, Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi
Did You Know:
– Rahul is 49 runs away from getting 500 runs for the fifth consecutive season
– KKR are the only side yet to register a 50-plus opening stand
What They Said:
“Mohsin Khan has been brilliant. I played him in the nets for the first time a month ago… didn’t want to face him, seriously. He was sharp, he’s scary at times in the nets. It’s not just the pace, he has a good brain, has a bit of skill as well, has a great slower one and he knows when to use them. Eager to learn, eager to play, obviously he’s been around with the teams for the last 2-3 years, but he hasn’t got a chance. He was very eager to play and he’s been a confident guy. Even under pressure, he’s bowled some really big overs for us and he’s performed for us.” – KL Rahul on his young fast bowling sensation.
“We have been talking about Umesh Yadav right from the start. He has increased his pace, bowls those hard lengths and as a captain you just have to give him the ball to deliver.” – Shreyas Iyer on his PowerPlay star
Lucknow Super Giants Squad: Quinton de Kock(w), KL Rahul(c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Manish Pandey, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Kyle Mayers, Evin Lewis, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Aaron Finch, Baba Indrajith(w), Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Sam Billings, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakaravarthy, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Nabi, Sheldon Jackson, Chamika Karunaratne, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar, Harshit Rana