IPL 2023: Match 68 (KKR vs LSG) – 3 Player Matchups To Watchout For
By CricShots - May 20, 2023 3:19 pm
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be locking horns with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 68th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Both teams have played 13 matches this season so far. Lucknow Super Giants have won 7 of their 13 matches in the 16th edition of IPL, and are placed 3rd on the points table with 15 points to their tally and a net run rate of +0.304.


On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders have managed to churn out 6 victories of their 13 games this season so far, and are placed 7th on the points table, with 12 points to their tally and a net run rate of -0.256. Both teams will be playing their last league game of the season and it’ll be more important for LSG as a win from here will help them qualify for the playoffs.

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These two teams have played just a couple of matches against each other in IPL so far, where Lucknow Super Giants managed to win both of those games. Another exciting game of cricket is expected here between them.

The duels between the two sets of players will be a fascinating watch.

#1 Quinton de Kock vs Sunil Narine

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock has missed the majority of the games this season and similarly, Sunil Narine has had a poor campaign by his standards. De Kock has amassed 417 runs against KKR in the past and will look to enhance his numbers. His matchup against Narine will be exciting as the KKR spinner has dismissed him a couple of times in six IPL meetings (SR: 100). 

#2 Nicholas Pooran vs Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy has been at his best this season with 19 wickets, whereas Nicholas Pooran also shone for LSG.
However, the southpaw has struggled against Varun’s mystery. The KKR spinner has dismissed Pooran a couple of times in five IPL meetings, while he has scored 28 runs off 20 deliveries against him. Pooran owns a strike rate of 155.71 against leg-spinners in the IPL (six dismissals in 29 innings).

#3 Nitish Rana vs Ravi Bishnoi

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi

Nitish Rana is KKR’s designated spin basher but he has often struggled against wrist spin. He has slammed 280 runs in the IPL middle overs (7-16) at a strike rate of 142.85. His primary challenge will be against Ravi Bishnoi, who has scalped 13 wickets this season in the middle overs (ER: 7.72). Bishnoi is yet to get the better of Rana in two IPL innings.