IPL 2023: Kolkata Opt To Bowl As Lucknow Look To Lock Playoff Berth; Check Playing XIs

Kolkata: The 68th match of the TATA IPL 2023 will witness the Kolkata Knight Riders taking on the Lucknow Super Giants at the legendary Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Both teams have played 13 games each this season, and the Lucknow Super Giants have emerged victorious in 7 of those matches, placing them in the 3rd position on the points table with a total of 15 points and a net run rate of +0.304.

In contrast, the Kolkata Knight Riders have won 6 out of their 13 games and currently hold the 7th position on the points table, securing 12 points with a net run rate of -0.256.

These two teams have faced each other only twice in the history of the IPL, with the Lucknow Super Giants triumphing in both encounters. As a result, the upcoming match promises to be an exciting contest between them.

Eden Gardens is renowned for its batting-friendly pitch, consistently producing high-scoring games. Despite its relatively small size, the stadium allows batters to take risks and showcase their skills. While the pitch initially favours the batsmen, it gradually assists the bowlers, especially the spinners, as the game progresses. With its medium-sized boundaries measuring 65 to 67 meters on the square and 69 to 71 meters on the straight side from the crease, Eden Gardens sets the stage for a thrilling battle for players and fans alike.

Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock(w), Karan Sharma, Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Krunal Pandya(c), Ayush Badoni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana(c), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

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