Kolkata Knight Riders vs Lucknow Super Giants Players Battles Preview:
The stars of Kolkata Knight Riders finally seem to be aligning in the right place. They have thrown in their everything in the last two games to stay alive in the competition. KKR will be up against the stumbling Lucknow Super Giants. The key players have masked the shortcomings of a few stars in the lineup. They will be tested big-time under such a high-pressure game. Let us dive into KKR vs LSG Key Players Battles in detail.
We look at the KKR vs LSG Key Players Battles in this match:
#1 Shreyas Iyer vs Mohsin Khan
Shreyas Iyer has shown captaincy flair, especially in the two back-to-back wins. But Iyer the batsman is yet to make a telling impact this season. His weakness against the short ball was exploited when these two sides met the last time. Iyer will be knowing the game plan won’t differ much this time around too. LSG will employ the short-ball tactic with Mohsin Khan targeting Iyer. If Iyer has to make a statement as a skipper, it has to be this game, it has to be this matchup.
#2 Andre Russell vs Avesh Khan
The KKR allrounder has singlehandedly kept his team’s hopes alive. He has been a revelation with both bat and the ball this season. Russell is now willing to play the waiting game to maximize his matchups. He will be looking to go big at the death. But he will be against a quality bowler at the end overs. Avesh Khan has been in fine form himself. He will relish the challenge of bowling to Russell. The game could take a decisive turn when these two go head to head in the slog overs.
#3 KL Rahul vs Tim Southee
There is a noticeable pattern between KL Rahul’s contribution and LSG’s success this season. LSG has won most of the games where Rahul has provided a blazing start. The captain though has fallen short of runs in the last couple of games. He is surely due for a big score. But he will be up against an underrated Tim Southee.
The kiwi seamer has silently gone about his business this season. He will be eager to make the new ball talk against KL Rahul. The winner of this contest will have a huge say in the outcome of this game.
#4 Deepak Hooda vs Sunil Narine
He has arguably been LSG’s best batsman in the last few games. Deepak Hooda was the lone warrior in LSG’s ill-placed chases in the last two games. Hooda has brought in a lot of solidity at the number three spot. He has a powerful game against spin. Hooda will be the designated spin attacker in the game against KKR. He will be pitted against Sunil Narine to emerge trumps in the middle-overs. Narine has been at his frugal best this season. He will test Hooda with his skills and experience.