HomeCricket InsightsIPL 2024: Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

IPL 2024: Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders are more likely to win this match considering their recent lethal performances and winning momentum.


Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Team Preview

Strengths and Weaknesses of Lucknow SuperGiants 

Lucknow Super Giants have a long batting line up as the tail extends till Krunal Pandya. Plus, this team has probably the best all rounders in their squad like Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda etc. This opens more options for the management as they get a variety to choose from.

This team however, hasn’t used the impact player efficiently. Whoever came in just couldn’t reap the benefits of this rule. In earlier stages of the game, it was Devdutt Padikal and now it’s Arshin Kulkarni.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Kolkata Knight Riders 

KKR found a hidden talent in their squad, Sunil Naraine. He was selected as an off spinner but his power hitting as an opener is providing KKR the balance they needed. He brings more variety in their batting line up.

KKR’s Captain Shreyas Iyer is their biggest drawback right now. He has proved his worth on various occasions, but this year, the story is totally different. In 10 matches, he has scored a par score of 257. As the tournament is passing, he needs to find the missing pieces and has to regain his form. 

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Head to Head Record

They have played against each other 4 times. On 3 occasions, it was LSG that came out victorious, while KKR managed the same only on one occasion.

Injuries and Suspensions

Last Year’s KKR captain, Nitish Rana is unavailable for the match. He has not been included in the playing XI in any of the matches so far. Mayank Yadav is also unavailable as he is having soreness in lower abdominal area.

Venue and Weather Conditions

Match between KKR and LSG will be held in Ekana Sports City, Lucknow. The weather will be sunny with no chances of rain. Humidity will also be low around 19%.

The pitch will be slow and will be helpful for spinners. So far , 12 IPL have been conducted on this ground. The team batting first won six times and the team batting second won five times. 

Managerial Tactics

Both the teams will choose to bat first as the Pitch gets slower as the game proceeds. Spinners will play a big role too as they will get the needed support from the wicket. 


KL Rahul has a good record in Ekana Sports City, so KKR will come prepared as they would have to take early wickets. 

LSG will have to figure out a way to dismiss Phil Salt and Sunil Narine early as they get very destructive in the powerplay.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Key Matchups

Rinku SinghRavi Bishnoi152107.1
KL RahulSunil Narine1092141.6
Marcus Stoinis Varun Chakravarthy6260.0
Nicholas Pooran Sunil Narine1452110.7

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Recent Form

KKR  won their previous match against MI in Wankhade after 12 years. It was a good outing for the team as Mitchell Starc, the most expensive player in IPL 2024 proved his worth by taking 4 wickets. The team is now standing second spot as they have won 7 games so far, 

LSG are just below KKR in the points table as they are standing on the third spot. Out of the 10 games played, Rahul and Co have pulled a victory in six of them. 

Historical Context 

KKR have won the title twice in 2012 and 2014. Gautam Gambhir has been the main architect behind those two successful campaigns. This year too, Gambhir could play a pivotal role in KKR winning the cup as he is the mentor of the franchise. His game sense will be very handy for all the players.

LSG is a new franchise as it was introduced in IPL 2022 only. The team has done well in the last two editions as it qualified till playoffs on both the occasions. But, the team hasn’t lifted the cup yet. However,  their fortunes may change soon as they look quite dominant this season. 

Fans and atmosphere 

The match will be played in LSG’s home ground. It is expected that the fans will come in large numbers to support the home franchise.

Lucknow Super Giants vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Prediction and Analysis

KKR have a better chance of winning this game. Their batter and bowlers look more composed. KKR has better quality of spinners consisting of Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy etc, and the wicket will support them too. 

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