In a game that has a lot riding on it for both sides, Kolkata takes on Lucknow in an absolutely high-voltage clash that has massive ramifications for both sides for different reasons. KKR needs the win to stay alive in the tournament, while Lucknow needs the two points to get back in the top two. The cricket news is positive for both sides at present, with no further injury scares.
Make no mistake, this is a game with delicious subplots and you do not want to miss this contest. The two sides will undoubtedly go hell for leather in what is sure to be a spectacle to see for the neutrals. This should be a great IPL match for the fans, with both sides desperate to win in order to survive in IPL 2022.
Kolkata Knight Riders
In a season that they have kept on taking one hit after another, the Knights are still there and are still hanging around. From down in the dumps, they have suddenly seemed to behave turned a corner with two very convincing victories, in which the entire team has contributed spectacularly, giving them a puncher’s chance to make the playoffs, something which was nowhere in discussion when they went on that horrid losing streak.
Andre Russell has emerged to be the man for the occasion, just like countless times in his stint with the Knight Riders, and the Knights will be hoping that they are able to get the same version of Dre Russ in tomorrow’s game, and hope that the rest of the team makes a solid contribution, because this is an all-or-nothing game. You win, or you go home. With Rahane ruled out, there will be a question mark as to who will be the opener once again. But apart from that, they look settled and will be raring to go.
Lucknow Super Giants
If you would have thought that the Lucknow super Giants would go from the lofty heights of top spots to third place in a matter of 2 games, you’d be forgiven for having that much of hindsight, but that is how things have panned out. After losing two games on the trot for the first time in this tournament, the Super Giants find themselves out of the top-2 and looking nervously over.
The top order has suddenly come under pressure, with a string of low scores from the openers asking too much to do from the middle order, and while Hooda has been brilliant in the middle, he is more often than not waging a lone battle, with none of the big hitters in that squad justifying their outlay. Lucknow will desperately want that second spot to have that cushion of an extra game in the playoffs, and losing that spot at the end after having it under control for virtually the entire tournament will be as good as a body blow for the newcomers.
This is the second meeting between the two sides, with Lucknow registering a convincing 75-run victory over the Knights.
Both sides will surely be looking for the win. While Lucknow’s bowling has been outstanding, the KKR batting has slowly risen to the occasion, with a slew of impact performances, and a Dre Russ spectacle. The key here is very simple: If LSG gets Dre Russ early, they win half the game. But Kolkata will be entering this game as marginal favourites due to the momentum they have after two big wins.
Date and Time
18th May 2022 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai