The RR vs PBKS game is in the final phase and you can follow it here.
Lucknow Super Giants Playing XI: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 KL Rahul (capt), 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Ayush Badoni, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Jason Holder, 8 Avesh Khan, 9 Mohsin Khan, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Ravi Bishnoi
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 B Indrajith (wk), 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Rinku Singh, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Anukul Roy, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Harshit Rana, 11 Shivam Mavi
KL Rahul, LSG Captain: The wicket has been sticky, so we would have bowled first. But we will look to take on the challenge. Avesh Khan comes in for K Gowtham. Finding new match-winners has been our advantage, we’ve had wins to turn the tide and hope to do it again.
Shreyas Iyer, KKR Captain: We will bowl first as the wicket looks dry and dew is not going to play a massive role on this ground. Umesh pulled his calf-muscles, so Harshit Rana comes in to replace him. It is important to have a stable side but with the injuries there is chopping and changing. We are professionals and will look to continue well after a win, despite not having a good start.
7 pm: KKR win the toss and will bowl first.
Pitch and Conditions: Deep Dasgupta says this is a re-used pitch. The average score in the first innings then was 170, but that was earlier in the tournament. He adds that the percentage of wickets taken by the spinners in Pune has gone up from 25 to 41. The degree of turn has increased significantly regardless of the ball speeds.The grass has been taken off and the pitch is abrasive, there has been lesser dew which means the advantage is high for the spinners.
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Dhaval : “Suddenly, there’s a splurge in performances of SL players in the IPL. Theekshana, Rajapaksha, Hasaranga and Chameeera. Happy for our neighbours. Hopefully the WC in Australia should be very competitive. “
Mustafa Moudi : “Hey Ekanth, how is your double shift going on ?? First commentated in the ongoing RR vs PK match and now present here too. How do you manage ??” Thanks for asking. It’s actually going very smoothly. Easy with coordination. By the way, Karthik Krishnaswamy comes in later on comms. Ranjith P and M Venkat Raghav, too, will be on their second shifts with the scoring.
Sesh: “First comment of the match?How about a prediction? LSG to win even after Russell blast” That’s good, maybe add in a super over too.
6:30 pm: Welcome to ESPNcricinfo’s continued coverage of the IPL. Lucknow Super GIants will be looking to solidify their position in the top-2 against Kolkata Knight Riders in a crucial game at Pune. For KKR, 16 is the highest number of points they can get to. But that will come with four straight wins. Will the backs to the wall situation liberate the team or encumber them? For Lucknow, it’s a matter of keeping the juggernaut going. The top-order has someone or the other putting their hand up and their reserves in the bowling with the all-rounders has kept the side strong. For more information on the qualification scenarios and combinations for both teams, check out Hemant Brar’s preview.