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KKR vs GT Match Prediction: Kolkata Knight Riders will host Gujarat Titans at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on April 29, 2023.
Kolkata Knight Riders, at last, ended their losing run and won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium by 21 runs. It was an amazing win for them and a much-needed one because they were at the downfall after Gujarat Titans match. The next match is against the team from whom they snatched the match in the last over when Rinku Singh hitted 5 sixes in a row to win the match.
Jason Roy started off well and scored 56 runs in just 29 balls. He even reached his half-century on just 22 balls in which he hit 5 sixes, and four of them came back to back in Shebhaz Ahmed over. He has been in fine form since he came into the team. He scored 160 runs in just 3 matches, and the great thing about him is the strike rate play which is above 170.
Nitish Rana, for the first time in the IPL season 2023, did well with captaincy decisions as he gave spinners over in the powerplay, and Suyash Sharma took the wicket of Faf du Plessis, who was in his best form. After that, he took the wicket of a freeloader in the team Shahbaz Ahmed who might have done so many amazing things in the past to be rewarded back-to-back chances in the playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore after doing nothing in every match.
Varun Chakarvarthy then took the wicket of the most dangerous player of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Glenn Maxwell, which put the RCB team in a tough situation, and they were able to post just 179 runs in 20 overs and lost the match by 21 runs.
Gujarat Titans will be looking to continue their form against the Kolkata Knight Rider, who gave them nightmares in their previous encounter in IPL 2023. After that, the Gujarat Titans bowler Yash Dayal got sick and lost more than 7 kg because he needed to defend 29 runs in 6 balls which he failed to do when Rinku Singh hit 5 sixes in a row against him.
“He fell ill and lost 7-8 kilos after that match. There was a spread of viral infection during that period and also due to the pressure he had faced, his condition is presently not good enough to take the field. Someone’s loss is someone’s gain at the end of the day. It is going to take a long time before we see him on the field,”Hardik Pandya said on Star Sports post Match Show after GT’s win over MI.
Since that Kolkata Knight Riders match, Gujarat just lost one match out of 4 and is right now in a winning run after defeating Mumbai Indians in their previous match. They won the last match against Mumbai very comfortably by 55 runs which is a huge margin for any team.
Gujarat Titans put in a total of 207 runs in 20 overs on the batting-friendly pitch and then easily defended the total with an amazing bowling performance by two Afghani spinners, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad.
KKR vs GT: Head-to-Head Record
Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders played only one match again each other in which Gujarat Titans won the match by 8 runs after putting in a total of 156 runs in which Hardik Pandya played a captain knock, and all bowlers contributed in the match. From the Kolkata Knight Riders side, Andre Russell played an amazing inning of 48 runs and took four wickets, but that was not enough to make his team win as other players did not give him a hand in the match.
KKR vs GT: Pitch Report of Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Stats in the table from the last 13 IPL matches played at Eden Garden, Kolkata
|Batting first won||8|
|Batting second won||5|
|Average 1st innings score||183|
|Pace bowlers took||102 wickets|
|Spiner bowlers took||58 wickets|
The Eden Gardens pitch in Kolkata has a neutral surface and has recently favored batsmen and Spinners. In the 2019 IPL season, Kolkata Knight Riders’ score versus Mumbai Indians was the highest on this particular pitch. The surface will be ideal for batsmen, and there will be dew in the batting second, making chasing easier and defending harder for bowlers who struggle to grasp the ball. The scoring on this ground is also good, as seen in the last match when Chennai Super Kings posted the highest team total of 235 runs in the Indian Premier League 2023.
The last match on the Eden Garden pitch was a high-scoring match in which Chennai’s batter just smashed down Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers, and the pitch didn’t offer anything for spinners which hurt Kolkata Knight Riders because they relied on spinners more.
Gujarat Titans also have great spin options, and if the pitch is going to favor spinners, then Rashid Khan will be more important to them. If the pitch is going to favor batters more, then Gujarat Titans have reliable openers.
Team Preview of Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders are at the 7th spot with 6 points in hand out of 8 matches and will look to move up the position. In the last match, they performed amazingly in all departments, from batting to bowling and fielding.
The good news for the Kolkata Knight Rider in the previous match was the captaincy decisions by Nitish Rana, which helped the team to perform well with the plan, and together, the team was able to pull off an amazing win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The next match is against Gujarat Titans, whom they beat in their previous match because of Rinku Singh’s amazing innings of hitting five sixes in five balls when they needed 28 runs in 5 balls. Jason Roy is in good form and will be a key player, but the only issue he has is a minor injury issue which is why he is playing as an impact player.
Nitish Rana also played good innings in his last match, scoring 41 runs in 20 balls and also having a great record on Eden Gardens ground. He scored 526 runs in 17 matches with an average of 35. N. Jagadeesan also has a great record on Eden Garden, scoring 274 in 5 matches, but in his previous match on the same ground, he got out on just 1 run.
Sunil Narine picked up 58 wickets in 48 matches at Eden Garden, and he also has a great batting record on the same pitch, as he scored 339 runs in 48 matches. Narine was amazing with his bowling in the last match against the Gujarat Titans.
Team Preview of Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans will seek to take revenge from Kolkata Knight Riders, who snatched their win against them in the last match they played against each other at the start of the IPL season 2023. They are in second position in the points table with 10 points.
The defending champion of IPL 2022 is looking to win another IPL trophy this year, but the team needs to keep clicking together for that. David Miller, at last, showed his class in the last match and scored 46 runs in just 22 balls. Abhinav Manohar also scored 42 runs in just 21 balls to take the Gujarat Titans total to 207, which was enough to keep Mumbai Indians away from winnings.
“I think our team trains the most, it has the longest practice hours so we get to bat a lot as batsmen so that really helps us out there in the middle. We have done it so many times, it just becomes a muscle memory to do it while we play a game,”Abhinav Manohar said in the post match presentation after receiveing the player of the match award.
Hardik Pandya’s form is still not up to the mark, but he has all the potential with bat and bowl. He missed the last encounter against the Kolkata Knight Rider due to stiffness in his back which is one of the reasons why Yash Dayal was not in great confidence. There is a stats that say that Hardik Pandya performed better when he bat in the first innings.
Vijay Shankar was amazing in the last match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, in which he scored 63 runs in just 24 balls and proved to his all-haters that he is not a guy with no skill. Rashid Khan will be important for the Gujarat side once again, and if the pitch favors the spinners, he will create havoc in the Kolkata Knight Riders dugout. Because of Rinku Singh’s amazing 5-ball 5 sixes, everyone just forgot that Rashid Khan took Hattrick in that match.
Gujarat Titans will be the favorite to win the match, but they need to forget the Rinku horror show in their previous match against them.
KKR vs GT Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
N Jagadeesan(w), Jason Roy, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana(c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Vaibhav Arora, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
Probable Lineup of Gujarat Titans (GT)
Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma
Impact Players who can come to the match of KKR vs GT
Vijay Shankar will most likely be the impact player for the Gujarat Titans side in place of Joshua Little, and For the Kolkata Knight Riders, Jason Roy will come as an impact player for Suyash Sharma.