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LKN vs KOL, Indian T20 League 2022 Match 53, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Lucknow vs Kolkata, (LKN vs KOL, Match #53)

Date: May 7, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune  

Lucknow and Kolkata will face off each other in the 53rd match of the Indian T20 league which will be played at Pune’s MCA Stadium.

Lucknow, led by KL Rahul, already have one foot in the playoffs. They have won seven of their 10 games and are currently second in the points table. Lucknow come into this game on the back of a win over Delhi a couple of nights ago.  Batting first, they put up 195 runs on the board with help from a half century each by KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda. They successfully defended the target with help from Mohsin Khan, who picked up four wickets.

Kolkata, on the other hand, breathed a sigh of relief after winning their most recent game against Rajasthan to break a five-match losing streak. After restricting the opponents to 152 runs, they chased down the target with five balls to spare.

Ahead of Indian T20 league match 53, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.

LKN vs KOL, Match 53, Weather Update & Pitch Report

The pitch at the MCA stadium is largely batting friendly but assists the fast bowlers as well.  The average first innings score here is 185. The temperature in Pune at the time of the game will be around 30 degrees.  No rain is forecast.  

LKN vs KOL Injury News and Predicted XI

Lucknow Team news – Avesh Khan didn’t play Lucknow’s last match as he had just recovered from an injury but he is likely to play the next game. If he is available, K Gowtham is likely to be left out.  

Predicted XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan/K Gowtham, Mohsin Khan,  Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi

Kolkata Team news – Kolkata left out an out of form Venkatesh Iyer in their most recent game and are likely to stick to the decision in the next game as well. 

Predicted XI – Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

LKN vs KOL Head to head record

This is the first game between the two sides

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LKN vs KOL: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 53 (Five players to watch out for)

Top Fantasy Picks for LKN vs KOL

KL Rahul – wicketkeeper batsman, Lucknow

With 451 runs in ten games at a strike rate of 145.01, KL Rahul is the second-leading run-scorer this season. 

Mohsin Khan – bowler, Lucknow

The young left-arm seamer has taken eight wickets in four games at an economy of 6.07 and an average of 10.62.

Rinku Singh – batsman, Kolkata

Rinku Singh has scores of 42*, 23 and 35 in his last three games.

Umesh Yadav – Bowler, Kolkata

With 15 wickets in ten outings, Umesh is the leading wicket-taker for Knight Riders 

Shreyas Iyer – Batsman, Kolkata

The Kolkata skipper is his side’s highest run-getter with 324 runs in ten games at an average of 36. 

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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