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IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Predictions



Match 66 between Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders is going to be last match of both teams in the group stage.

This makes this match very crucial for both teams regarding their chances for qualifying to the play-off stage.

DY Patil Stadium will be filled with a lot of action and thrill this Wednesday as the final round of group matches is about to begin and nerves will be racking up in every corner of the ground.

Lucknow have lost steam

Lucknow, who started their debut tournament in flying colours and announced their arrival at IPL with some thumping early wins is not as efficient in the pressures matches at this stage.

They do have the points but even a win in their last group match will not guarantee their place in the top two.

Lucknow will also be slightly dependant on other results to go into their favour if they want to finish second at the table.

Kolkata bounce back

Kolkata on the other hand have made quite a comeback given their dismal performance early on in the tournament.

They must need to final their last group game and would also be looking at other results to go their way if they are to make to the final four teams.

Team analysis

Lucknow’s chief whip in the entire tournament has been their opening pair of De Kock and KL Rahul.

The pair has the average of 32 in this season, best for any team in IPL 2022.

However, onwards from No.3 is where their worries emerge.

While their opening pair has been in supreme touch, their middle order has been quite disappointed lately.

Failing to chase two targets in their last couple of matches shows how much frail it is and going ahead in the knockout session, this problem needs to be sorted out for Lucknow.

On the other hand, Kolkata have done quite the opposite.

They have tried 5 opening pairs in this season so far and not a very good turn around as they would have expected.

With Ajinkya Rahane out of the tournament, they will once again need to shuffle at the top.

Kolkata will look to their fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Tim Souhtee to exploit LSG’s middle order as both these faster have one of the best economical rate of 6.9 and 7 respectively in this season.

Match details

Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

Date: 18th May 2022

Time: 7:30 pm IST

Head to head past record:

In their only encounter earlier in this year’s IPL, Lucknow have beaten Kolkata and hold the record at 1-0.

Probable Playing 11 – Lucknow Super Giants:

Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (capt), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera

Probable Playing 11 – Kolkata Knight Riders:

B Indrajith, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (capt), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy

 Star bowler of the match:

Umesh Yadav

Star batsman of the match:

Quinton De Kock

Who will win?

As both teams play their last group game, tensions and emotions will be high going into the match.

A win here will secure Lucknow’s place in the top 4 whereas if Kolkata manage to sneak another victory here, things will get more spiced up for the run up to final 4.

As for the prediction, not easy to rule out any team at this stage but Kolkata might sneak another win here.

Stay tuned for more!

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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