KKR Vs LSG, IPL 2024: LSG Domination Over Kolkata With 3-0 Record

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Match #28, KKR Vs LSG, IPL 2024, In the IPL, the hometown team LSG has a solid fan base and a 3-0 record against KKR, while KKR is two points behind the Rajasthan Royals.

KKR Vs LSG Prematch, IPL 2024
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LSG, a local team with a large fan base, is home to the Lucknow Super Giants, whose headquarters are six kilometers from Eden Gardens. The local squad has a 3-0 record against KKR, with the last two victories reinforcing the rivalry as one to watch in the future.

LSG, despite losing to the Delhi Capitals, is in a great position with 6 points from 5 games. Devdutt Padikkal’s form, which has seen him score just 25 runs in 5 games, is their main problem. With a game remaining, KKR, on the other hand, is comfortably ahead of just the Rajasthan Royals by two points.

The unusual situation of scheduling in an election year means they will be at home for their next five games, which might lead to one foot in the playoffs if they dominate at home.

Team Watch: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

In the Spotlight

Shreyas Iyer has two scores in the 30s, but he hasn’t been as fluent. He has also only been dismissed by left-arm seamers Mustafizur Rahman, Khaleel Ahmed, and T Natarajan; thus, Arshad may face him early on. Shreyas might counterattack by dominating spinners on the other end, although he has previously failed to dismiss Ravi Bishnoi and Krunal Pandya in T20s, with strike rates of 117.64 and 90.47, respectively.

Team news and impact player strategy

Vice-captain Nitish Rana (hand injury) and seamer Harshit Rana (shoulder injury) were observed during training and may return. Nitish is likely to replace Ramandeep Singh. Suyash Sharma is the most likely impact player, but KKR may opt for left-arm spinner Anukul Roy if they require runs from a No. 9.

Injury and availability

Gambhir indicated that Harshit Rana was fit for the prior game, but he did not play in it. Nitish Rana was also in practice. Aside from that, there are no injury worries.

Tactics and Match-ups

Quinton de Kock, Ayush Badoni, and Devdutt Padikkal, LSG’s top three batsmen, have struggled against left-arm pacers, averaging 15.5, 11, and 8 since IPL 2023. It could be a good idea to give Starc a long spell upfront. De Kock has also failed to get started against the spin combo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. The two could also be useful choices in a power play.

Probable XI

Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana/Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Phil Salt, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana/Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, and Mitchell Starc [Suyash Sharma, Impact Sub]


Team Watch: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

In the Spotlight

Rahul scored 30 on 14 in his most recent game against the Capitals. He has never scored more runs on the powerplay than an LSG player. Will he continue in the same vein?

Team news and impact player strategy

Padikkal is on the verge of losing his spot, while Deepak Hooda is on the bench owing to poor form. If LSG maintains its current overseas foursome, Arshin Kulkarni, Yudhvir Singh, and Prerak Mankad may play. Shamar Joseph or spinner M. Siddharth are creative options to replace Mayank Yadav, who is out with hip and shoulder problems.

Injury and availability

The speed pair of Mayank Yadav and Mohsin Khan have yet to recover from their individual injuries.

Tactics and Match-ups

Ravi Bishnoi is one of the few bowlers who has kept Rinku Singh and Andre Russell quiet in the death overs. The leggie has not only struck out both batters once, but they have also scored runs at a strike rate of only 116.7 and 133.33 against him. Bishnoi could come in helpful in the final overs.

Probable XI

KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Nicholas Pooran, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshad Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq/Shamar Joseph, and Yash Thakur [Impact Sub: M Siddharth, Devdutt Padikkal]

Pitch and conditions

With an afternoon start and temperatures projected to reach 35°C at the toss, fielding in the first inning will be difficult. However, given historical data and the potential of drizzle in the evening, chasing may remain the preferred option. Expect plenty of runs.

Did you know?

  • Eden Gardens has the greatest scoring rate of any venue that has held at least three matches since the start of IPL 2022 (9.64). The average first-inning total is 195, second only to Mohali’s 198, and there have been five 200-plus first-inning totals in 10 games.
  • KKR lost the fewest wickets (5), has the highest average (54.40), and has the best RR (11.33) in the powerplay.
  • In the match against RCB, Nicholas Pooran hit his 100th six in the IPL, and his balls/six ratio of 8.6 is only surpassed by Andre Russell, who hits one per 6.7 balls.

Stats that matter

  • Mitchell Starc has struck out Nicholas Pooran twice in four innings. Pooran, on the other hand, destroyed Andre Russell, smashing 105 runs in 69 balls, and Varun Chakravarthy, who has 51 runs in 29 balls.
  • Should the KKR bat Russell higher? Since IPL 2018, his entry point has had little effect on his strike rate. It’s 182.2 when he comes in after the 14th over, 177.6 before the tenth, and 173.3 between the 10th and 14th overs.
  • Bishnoi loves taking on KKR. He has the most wickets (9 against any team), a strong economy rate (6.40) and average (19.2).


Sunday, April 14, 2024, at 3:30 PM IST.


IPL 2024, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Lucknow Super Giants


KKR 3–0 LSG. Even though LSG batted first in all three of their games and won, the margin of victory has gotten smaller with each subsequent game.

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