IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders target big win over Lucknow Super Giants
- KKR won their last two matches against Mumbai Indians and SunrRisers Hyderabad
- LSG are coming into the game with back to back losses
- While LSG need a win to qualify for the playoffs, KKR must win to keep their hopes alive
Kolkata Knight Riders, who are currently placed sixth on the points table, need a big win when they face Lucknow Super Giants, who are placed third on the points table, at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
KKR now have 12 points with seven losses and six wins. A win alone will not be enough for the franchise to keep their playoff hope alive, however. They will need to win by a big margin and hope that other playoff contenders falter.
LSG, on the other hand, are an inch closer to a playoffs berth as they are already in top-four with 16 points. But with a number of teams competing for the remaining three berths, they will go for the kill to collect two points to cement their place in the knockouts.
Two-time IPL champions KKR played the final last season but lost to Chennai Super Kings. The Kolkata side managed to keep their chances alive after getting better off Mumbai Indians and SunRisers Hyderabad.
Captain Shreyas Iyer yet again rode on all-rounder Andre Russell's brilliant performance with bat and ball. As bowlers also contributed, KKR registered a comprehensive 54-run win over SRH in their last match.
KKR will miss Ajinkya Rahane and Pat Cummins since both of them were ruled out for the remainder of the season.
LSG, on the other hand, are coming into the match after suffering two successive defeats and will have to put up an improved show to end things on a high.
The main concern for LSG is their poor batting show in the last two matches with the batters struggling in the powerplay against quality bowling.
LSG's batting is a lot dependent on skipper KL Rahul, who has done the bulk of the scoring with two hundreds but he has been off-colour in the last three games.
Opener Quinton de Kock, who has scored three half-centuries, too has been dismissed for 11 and 7 in the last two games, which added to the team's woes.
However, Deepak Hooda has been rock solid and it was his fifty that kept LSG in the hunt in the last game.
Young Ayush Badoni too will be eager to prove he is not a one-game wonder, while Krunal Pandya also has to step up in the rear end of the tournament.
LSG will also look to use Marcus Stoinis better as he is one of the most prolific all-rounders in world cricket.
Bowling has proved to be the weak link for LSG though the likes of Avesh Khan and Jason Holder have delivered with 17 and 14 wickets so far but Mohsin Khan was taken to the cleaners in the last game.
Spinner Ravi Bishnoi picked up two wickets against Rajasthan Royals and LSG would expect him to keep things tight in the middle overs on Wednesday.