On Saturday, April 29, at 3:30 PM (IST) Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujarat Titans (GT) are scheduled to play against each other in Match 39 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the Eden Gardens Kolkata.
KKR and GT are set to play their ninth and eighth IPL matches, respectively, with GT enjoying a comfortable position in the top half of the points table, having won five out of seven games with +0.580 NRR. In contrast, KKR has won only three out of eight games, placing them in the lower half of the standings with -0.027 NRR. After four consecutive losses, KKR will be looking to gain some momentum with their recent win.
It’s still early days in the tournament, and there’s plenty of time for both teams to improve their standings in the table. It will be interesting to see how they perform in their upcoming matches and whether they can maintain their momentum or bounce back from any setbacks. In cricket, net run rate can play a crucial role in determining a team’s position in the table in case of a tie in points. Therefore, it’s important for teams to not only win matches but also ensure they win convincingly to boost their net run rate.
Head To Head Record:
In the head-to-head record between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans, the two teams have faced each other twice, with Kolkata Knight Riders winning one match and Gujarat Titans winning the other. It will be exciting to see how the two teams fare against each other in the upcoming matches in the 2023 edition of the tournament.
Expected Playing 11
Kolkata Knight Riders:
- Expected WicketKeeper – N Jagadeesan (wk)
- Expected Batsman – Jason Roy , Venkatesh Iyer , Nitish Rana (c) , Rinku Singh
- Expected Allrounders – Andre Russell , Sunil Narine , David Wiese
- Expected Bowlers – Vaibhav Arora , Umesh Yadav , Varun Chakaravarthy
- Expected WicketKeeper – Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
- Expected Batsman – Shubman Gill , Vijay Shankar , David Miller , Abhinav Manohar
- Expected Allrounders – Hardik Pandya (c) , Rahul Tewatia
- Expected Bowlers – Rashid Khan , Mohammed Shami , Noor Ahmad , Mohit Sharma
In the previous game at this venue, both teams found it challenging to score runs against the slower bowlers, resulting in a low-scoring and exciting match. It is anticipated that the pitch conditions will be similar to the last game, offering considerable support to the slower bowlers. Therefore, the team winning the toss may prefer to bat first at this venue.
Toss: Bat first
The toss will take place at 7 PM IST.
While the overall IPL record at this venue, much like other grounds in the country, indicates that teams batting second have had more success, all three matches played in 2023 have seen the team defending their total emerging victorious. It is noteworthy, however, that all the previous matches at this venue this season have been night matches, whereas the KKR v/s GT match will be the first afternoon start.
In the first match against RCB, KKR managed to defend a total of 204 but failed to chase down targets of 229 and 236 in their subsequent matches against SRH and CSK, respectively.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have played 77 matches at Eden Gardens, winning 46 of them. On the other hand, the Gujarat Titans have only played one match at Eden Gardens, which they won.
IPL Stats –
- Highest team score: 235/4 by CSK v/s KKR in 2023
- The average score (first inning): 159 runs
- The average score, 2023 season so far (first inning): 222 runs
- Expected score: 180+
The playing conditions for the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans may be affected by the weather. The day is expected to be hot and humid, with a maximum temperature of 350 C, dropping to 310 C during the playing hours.
It is predicted that the team batting first will emerge as the winner of the match.