An in-form Lucknow will be hoping to seal their spot in the playoffs when they face the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have to treat each game as a virtual knock-out game since they will have to win every game from here on to stand a chance for the playoff race. Betting in India may favour the more consistent team from Lucknow.
With some of the key KKR personnel coming into form with the cricket bat at just the right time, they can fancy themselves going for broke with nothing to lose and play with a free mind. Lucknow will also be looking to seal their grip on that second spot, and winning this game would go a long way in securing that for KL Rahul’s side.
Lucknow Super Giants
The Super Giants have been sitting pretty on that 2nd spot in the points table, with a 3-game winning run all but sealing their spot in the playoffs. They now need just one win in their remaining games to safely gain passage to the playoffs. Their form as a team has been one of the best in the league, and they have won each of their three games with a degree of comfort and grace that has made this team stand out from the rest.
The emergence of Mohsin Khan has been a breath of fresh air for the Giants, and they will be hoping for his form to continue. This team is well and truly on its way to something special this season. With Gujarat also losing, this is a great chance for them to get to that top spot as well.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knights have finally snapped their losing run, registering a much-needed and a rather comfortable victory against the Rajasthan Royals. They found an unsung hero in Rinku Singh, who is really coming into his own in this tournament. The selection of Anukul Roy gave them another option in terms of both bat and ball, and that worked a tree in their previous game. They will be looking to continue in the same vein, and recall the spirit of 2021, where they were in a similar position and went on an epic winning run. If they could do it this time around, it would be even more special than the last one.
This is the first time both teams are playing against each other.
The Lucknow Super Giants will be heavy favorites in this game, but the Knights, with almost nothing to play for, could pose a threat to them.
Date and Time
7th May 2022 (Saturday) at 7:30 pm.
MCA Stadium, Pune