The two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on the new entrants Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in a group stage match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 to be played at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai on May 18 (Wednesday).

While the Men in Purple won their previous contest against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the new entrants lost their previous match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Speaking about their standings in the points table, LSG is currently placed third in the points table with eight wins in 13 matches. Meanwhile,

KKR has had a hot and cold tournament so far and they are placed in the sixth spot in the points table with six victories in 13 matches.

The wicket at Dr. DY Patil Academy has assisted the slow bowlers and batting has not been easy, especially after the field restrictions.

The new ball comes nicely onto the bat. However, as soon as the ball gets soft, scoring runs has not been easy. Skippers winning the toss can look to bat first and post a competitive total on the board and defend it later.

Venkatesh Iyer, Baba Indrajith, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy.

Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan.

Despite failing to get going in the previous encounter, LSG skipper KL Rahul is the second-highest run-getter in IPL 2022. The right-handed batter has stroked 469 runs in just 13 matches and at an excellent average of 42.64

Rahul will want to make a strong comeback in the next match and win the game for his team.

KKR ace spinner Varun Chakravarthy bowled impressively in the last encounter against SRH. Even though he scalped only one wicket, he created a few chances in his bowling.

As the wickets are getting slow, Varun’s variations can come in very handy and he can be the bowler to watch out for in the next game.