Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants will enter the contest against the Kolkata Knight Riders as clear favorites despite losing their last two matches.
With 16 points in 12 matches so far this season, Lucknow Super Giants have already sealed their place in the playoffs of the competition.
In their previous outing, the Super Giants suffered 24-run loss against Rajasthan Royals. In the batting department, Captain Lokesh Rahul is leading the charts for Lucknow with 469 runs at an average of 42.63 along with the strike-rate of 135.54, including two centuries and two fifties.
Other than Rahul, veteran wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock (362 runs at an average of 27.84 and strike-rate of 136.09) and all-rounder Deepak Hooda (406 runs at an average of 31.23 and strike-rate of 133.55) have also made notable contributions so far this season.
In terms of the bowling department, rookie pacer Avesh Khan has managed to show decent form with the ball in hand. He is currently leading wicket-taker with 17 wickets at an economy rate of 7.86.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will enter the contest after registering back-to-back victories in the competition. Kolkata Knight Riders will be keen to field their strongest combination for this must-win clash.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Captain Shreyas Iyer, all-rounders Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh to deliver notable scores in this all-important tie.
In the bowling department, all-rounder Andre Russell is leading the charts for Kolkata with 17 scalps to his name whereas India’s Umesh Yadav and New Zealand’s Tim Southee have 16 and 14 wickets, respectively.