In the second match of the double header Saturday, the match between Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played from 7:30 pm. The match will be held at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA), Pune. LSG has played 10 matches and won 7 matches. On the other hand, KKR has also played only 10 matches and has won 4 matches. The net run-rate of Lucknow is +0.397 and that of Kolkata is +0.060.
Lucknow is on the way to the playoff. Giants defeated Delhi’s strong team by 6 runs in the last match. Lucknow seems to be the most balanced team of the season. Fast bowlers like Mohsin Khan and Avesh Khan are consistently taking wickets on the strength of pace.
Ravi Bishnoi’s leg-spin has also been economical. Under the captaincy of KL Rahul, this team has been continuously in the race for the playoffs, and today’s win will almost confirm their ticket.
We have seen a good batting track in MCA Stadium, Pune. RR had scored 210 against the SRH in the match played on this ground of this season. There is some assistance for bowlers also in the initial period of innings.
Most of the strips are of Red soil, which gives good bounce and pace to bat on. We can’t forget whole IPL is going to play in only 4 venues so there will be a good batting track in the initial period of the tournament.
Pune is located in the western state of Maharashtra. The weather in Pune remains hot and humid during the summers that spanning from March to May. The weather model indicates a good forecast for the game of cricket on the 7th of May 2022.
Temperature – 39/24
Humidity – 23%
Wind – 16 km/h
Chances of Rain – 0%
Lucknow is playing the first season of IPL this year. This will be the first and only league match between the two teams. Hence there is no head-to-head record between the two teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders were constantly battling with the ruckus of defeat. However, by defeating a strong Rajasthan team in the last match, they kept their hopes of reaching the playoff alive. For Kolkata, not being able to perform at the top order has been a problem throughout the tournament. Aaron Finch and Venkatesh Iyer flopped badly as the opening pair. The result was that Venkatesh had to show the way out of the team as well.