Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) are set to face Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) in the 53rd match of the Indian Premier League(IPL) in the second clash of the doubleheader on Saturday, May 7 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Lucknow Super Giants:
LSG have won 7 out of 10 matches and would be looking to win this match so to get a top-two finish. They defeated Delhi Capitals in the last game by 6 runs after scoring 195 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 20 overs. LSG would hope for a better performance from the bowlers as only 2 bowlers had an economy of less than 10 in their previous game.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Meanwhile, KKR have won four and lost six. KKR defeated Rajasthan Royals in the previous match by 7 wickets after chasing a target of 153 runs in 19.1 overs. KKR is still to figure out their best opening pairs and might make some changes in the top-order as both the openers failed to provide a decent start in their last game.
KKR openers have not been in form, and they are yet to settle the combination after ten matches. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana have been in good form, while Rinku Singh has started well. However, Andre Russell has not been at his best this season. In the bowling department, Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee have been performing well for the side.
WAGING ODDS: LSG (1.85) Vs KKR (2.00)
LSG are the favorites and are priced at 1.85, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹185.
KKR are the underdogs and priced at 2.00 meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹200.
Both teams have played once at Pune this season, with LSG defeating PBKS, and KKR defeating MI. The Spinners are likely to get a lot of help from the pitch and they might be able to dominate. Batters can take their chances against the pacers. LSG have a more balanced side and they are likely to tally a win in the outing.
Prediction: LSG to win the match.