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IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Predictions



Playing their first ever IPL edition and quite near to become the first team to qualify for the play-offs, Lucknow Super Giants look to settle for nothing less than a Maiden Championship title this year.

There were quite speculations around this new franchise once they stepped in the IPL but they have certified their place through their skill set and some clinical performances.

With a win in the 53rd IPL match on this Saturday, Super Giants will easily march into the next stage of the tournament.

On the quite opposite side, Kolkata Knight Riders campaign this year has been nothing short of horrible, to say the least.

If they don’t manage to sneak past a win this Saturday, they are all but gone from this year’ IPL.

KKR could not get many things straight this year.

The combination which looked quite solid on the paper with some veteran players could not deliver on the ground hence just managing 4 wins so far in this season.

Kolkata ended their 4 match losing streak by beating Rajasthan Royals in their last match but this consoling win will not be enough to push them over the line and to the play-offs.

Their batting has not clicked with some exceptions.

Bowling looked meagre except for Sunil Narine.

Narine has the second best economy rate of 5.00 this season for bowlers who bowled around 10 overs in the middle phase of the game.

Knight Riders have also the worst average of 14 of opening stand this year as they have tested around 5 opening pairs this season, the most by any team.

Lucknow has got their combination right for the most part.

Manish Pandey was left out after he struggled with his form and brought an extra bowler.

This gave Deepak Hooda an opportunity at one down which he cashed in perfectly scoring quick fire 34 and 52 in two games.

Lucknow’s bowling has been above the par with the likes of Chameera, Mohsin Khan and Ravi Bishnoi.

Jason Holder has been critical for them bowling the death overs with his special skill set.

Match details:

Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Date: 7th May 2022

Time: 7:30 pm IST

Head to head past record:

Match 53 will be the first instance where both teams will face each other for the first time ever in an IPL match.

Probable Playing 11 – Lucknow Super Giants:

Quinton de Kock(wk), KL Rahul(C), Deepak Hooda, Marus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, K Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chmaeera, Ravi Bishnoi

Probable Playing 11 – Kolkata Knight Riders:

B Indrajith(wk), Aaron Finch, Sheryas Iyer(C), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russel, Anukul Roy, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi

Star bowler of the match:

Dushmantha Chameera

Star batsman of the match:

Nitish Rana

Who will win?

Ten matches have been played at Pune this year and in all these matches, captains have sought to prefer bowling second in the game.

However, the result has been on the contrary.

The team bowling second has only won 3 out of 10 matches.

So, the toss will be looked upon as crucial and also, what decision the team takes who wins the toss.

Lucknow Super Giants are a clear favourite in this game but Knight Riders can pull a rabbit out of hat and create an upset in Saturday’s game.

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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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