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KKR target top spot as they take on LSG

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Lucknow, May 4: Lucknow Super Giants’ pursuit of a third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff berth remains a focal point as they prepare to host fellow top-four contender Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Ekana Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Positioned third in the standings, Lucknow Super Giants enter the fixture with a rejuvenated spirit following a five-day hiatus since their triumphant home clash against Mumbai Indians (MI).In contrast, Kolkata Knight Riders arrive with newfound momentum, clinching a remarkable away victory against MI, elevating them to second place in the league standings, trailing only behind Rajasthan Royals. Notably, KKR’s bowlers commanded attention at the Wankhede Stadium, spearheaded by a stellar performance from IPL-record signing Mitchell Starc, successfully defending a modest target of 170 runs after a lackluster batting display.
Sunday’s showdown between Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders promises a clash of contrasting T20 cricket strategies. While KKR adopts an aggressive, high-risk batting approach, Lucknow Super Giants adhere to a more conservative game plan.Statistically, KKR leads the tournament with an impressive run rate of 10.57 runs per over (RPO) this season, whereas Lucknow Super Giants maintain a comparatively modest RPO of 8.98, ranking second-lowest in the league, just ahead of Gujarat Titans.
Despite Lucknow Super Giants’ restrained batting display, their formidable bowling unit compensates with exemplary economy, conceding only 8.96 RPO, the league’s second-best record, trailing only behind Chennai Super Kings.However, Lucknow Super Giants face a setback with the absence of pace sensation Mayank Yadav, sidelined until the end of the league stage due to injury under the directive of team head coach Justin Langer. Nonetheless, their spin arsenal, spearheaded by Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi, remains formidable.Among the league’s spinners, Pandya boasts the second-best economy rate (7.20), trailing behind KKR’s Sunil Narine (6.72), who has showcased remarkable prowess with both bat and ball this season.
Match starts at 7:30 PM. (Agencies)

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