KKR vs LSG Live Updates: LSG eye a win over KKR to seal playoff berth.© BCCI
KKR vs LSG Live Updates, IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Nitish Rana won the toss and opted to bowl against Lucknow Super Giants in match number 68 of IPL 2023 on Saturday. Having worn local giants Mohun Bagan’s iconic green and maroon jersey, LSG would aim for a win to seal their playoff berth knocking out a hapless KKR at Eden Gardens tonight. The real home team in this case, KKR, have not only complained of being let down by the conditions but their problems go deeper, having struggled to find a perfect winning combination in a topsy-turvy season, enduring seven defeats. Out of those seven, four losses were at the Eden Gardens. (LIVE SCORECARD | IPL 2023 POINTS TABLE)
Here are the Live Score and Updates of IPL 2023 match between KKR and LSG, straight from Kolkata:
KKR vs LSG Live: LSG “focus on playing good cricket”
“We would’ve also fielded first. At the end of the day, you have to play good cricket. We know where we stand in the table. Our destiny is in our hands. Focus is on playing good cricket. We defended really well in previous game. Eventually what matters is how we come today, put a total on the board and defend it,” said LSG skipper Krunal Pandya after the toss.
KKR vs LSG Live: Unchanged team for KKR
“Will bowl first. Need to win by a big margin, want to play positively. Rinku (Singh) has been one of the positives. Have done well in patches in other areas as well. (Jason) Roy has given some good starts. There’s Suyash (Sharma) who’s done well too. Same team,” said KKR skipper Nitish Rana after the toss.
KKR vs LSG Live: Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl!
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Nitish Rana has won the toss and opted to bowl first against Lucknow Super Giants tonight.
KKR vs LSG Live: Mohsin, Bishnoi in focus
In bowling Mohsin Khan has been a revelation as he along with spinner Ravi Bishnoi would look to relish the slow conditions of Eden. LSG, who will be donning a special edition Mohun Bagan colours, will further be bolstered by the support of the football heavyweights with both the teams have the same owner, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group. Behind the scenes, LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir, who led KKR to their two triumphs in 2012 and 2014, will add all the valuable inputs.
KKR vs LSG Live: Marcus Stoinis high on confidence
Marcus Stoinis is proving to be the crisis man for LSG and was the difference in their stunning win over MI. He brought all his experience into count to score an 89 not out to revive their innings from being 35 for 3. The innings must have given added confidence to Stoinis, who was already having a decent IPL season.
KKR vs LSG Live: Krunal Pandya – an apt leader
Elevated to captaincy after KL Rahul’s pull-out because of injury at the business end of the season, Krunal Pandya looked a natural leader, especially the way he managed to choke Mumbai Indians while defending 177 speaks volumes about his captaincy. Not only did he look heavily involved, his tactical bowling changes paved the way for their slender five-run win the other day.
KKR vs LSG Live: Lucknow Super Giants aim playoff berth
LSG however do not have to fret so much about the mathematical scenarios as a win would be enough for them to seal their back-to-back playoff berth. On momentum too, LSG look far superior to a struggling KKR who have struggled to get into the act at their home den.
KKR vs LSG Live: Head-to-head
It is intersting to note that both the sides played two matches against each other in IPL 2022 and Lucknow Super Giants won both of them. The game between the sides tonight is the first in the ongoing season. KKR would be keen to register their first win over LSG.
KKR vs LSG Live: An outside chance for KKR
KKR still are lucky to have been able to keep their campaign alive in ‘blow hot-and-cold’ season. With a heavy mid-table traffic, there is a possibility of four teams to be locked on 14 points with the one with a superior net run-rate making the playoffs. Hanging by the thread, KKR with 12 points would not only need to win by a big margin, but they have to rely on the results of some other matches as well.
KKR vs LSG Live: Batting, an issue for KKR
KKR batters simply have not been able to adapt to the surface while batting first as they scored below-par totals of 179 for 7 and 149 for 8 against Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals respectively. Putting things into perspective, CSK and SRH scored 235 for 4 and 228 for 4 when they were put into bat by KKR at the same venue.
KKR vs LSG Live: Kolkata Knight Riders eye improments
Be it the batting, which still seems to be a work in progress, the bowling, especially pace department, has also looked terribly short on experience for KKR. In fielding, they have made a mockery of themselves with some of the efforts suggesting that the two-time champions have showed they do not ‘belong’ at this level.
KKR vs LSG Live: Kolkata Knight Riders hope against hope
KKR have not only complained of being let down by the conditions but their problems go deeper, having struggled to find a perfect winning combination in a topsy-turvy season, enduring seven defeats. Out of those seven, four losses were at the Eden Gardens. The side is all but out of the playoff race.
KKR vs LSG Live: Lucknow Super Giants need a win
Lucknow Super Giants would look to seal their playoff berth by knocking out a hapless Kolkata Knight Riders in their final IPL 2023 game tonight. LSG have 15 points to their credit from 13 matches. They sit at the third spot in the table currently and need a win to enter the playoffs without any hiccups.
Hello everyone, welcome to the live blog of IPL 2023 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Gitans, straight from Eden Gardens. Stay connected for the live score and updates related to the game.
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