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Indian T20 League 2023, match 68: KOL vs LKN Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Kolkata vs Lucknow

Date: May 20, Saturday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Kolkata will square off against Lucknow in the 68th game of the Indian T20 League 2023 on May 20 at their home ground, Eden Gardens.  Both the teams are still in the contention for the playoffs, but Kolkata will need to win by a big margin to be able to advance to the top four. Then hosts are in the seventh spot in the points table while Lucknow are in the third position. A win in the next game will ensure that they remain in the top four. Both Kolkata and Lucknow are coming into this game on a winning note.

Kolkata defeated Chennai by six wickets in their previous game. Their spin bowlers have been their match winners for most of this season, and the story repeated itself in the game against Chennai, when Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine bowled well to restrict Chennai to a first innings total of 144 runs, which their batsman chase down in 18.3 overs. The Player of the Match award went to Rinku Singh, who scored an unbeaten half century.

Lucknow, meanwhile, defeated Hyderabad in their last game. In the first innings, the Lucknow bowlers restricted Hyderabad to a total of 182, but they were unable to defend it.

Ahead of the game, check out the weather, pitch report and top players to pick on the MPL app.

Weather update and pitch report

The match will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This is also the last game of the season at this venue. In the seven games played here, we have seen the spinners and batsman do well. The average first innings total here is 180.

The weather in Kolkata will be partly cloudy but rain is not forecast.

Lucknow team news and predicted XI

Team news: Jaydev Unadkat has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. Suryansh Shedge has been named as his replacement.

Full squad: KL Rahul (capt), Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yudhvir Singh Charak.

Predicted XI: Q de Kock (wk), D Hooda, P Mankad, K Pandya (capt), M Stoinis, N Pooran, A Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, R Bishnoi, S Singh, M Khan, Y Thakur

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Kolkata team news and predicted XI

Team news:  Kolkata will be without injured Umesh Yadav for this game.

Full squad: Nitish Rana (captain), Vaibhav Arora, Lockie Ferguson, Harshit Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, N Jagadeesan, Kulwant Khejroliya, Litton Das, Mandeep Singh, Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Rinku Singh, Tim Southee, Suyash Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, David Wiese, Umesh Yadav, Jason Roy.

Predicted XI: R Gurbaz (wk), V Iyer, N Rana (c), R Singh, A Russell, S Narine, S Thakur, V Arora, H Rana, S Sharma, V Chakaravarthy

KOL vs LKN: Head to head record

Kolkata and Lucknow have played only two games in the past. Both of those two games were won by Lucknow.

KOL vs LKN: Five players to watch out for

Andre Russell – all-rounder, Kolkata

Rinku Singh – batsman, Kolkata

Varun Chakravarthy – bowler, Kolkata

Nicholas Pooran – wicketkeeper batsman, Lucknow

Marcus Stoinis – batsman, Lucknow


KOL vs LKN – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Kolkata vs Lucknow match will be televised on the Star Sports Network. You can also watch the live streaming of the game on the Jio cinema app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on May 20.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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