The Kolkata Knight Riders will be hosting the Gujarat Titans for the second time this season at the Eden Gardens. The Titans will be looking to avenge their earlier loss and secure crucial points in their pursuit for a spot in the playoffs.
In the previous encounter between the two teams, the Titans emerged victorious in a closely fought contest. The Knight Riders will be keen to level the scores and secure a win on home turf.
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Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders are set to take on the Gujarat Titans at the Eden Gardens. This will be the second time these two teams face off against each other this season.
The Kolkata Knight Riders secured an impressive win against the Gujarat Titans in their last head-to-head encounter earlier this month, but have since struggled, losing four consecutive matches. The team finally ended their losing streak with a win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their latest outing.
The addition of Jason Roy has strengthened the top order significantly. Roy has scored two half-centuries in his three outings for the Knight Riders, but is known to be inconsistent. Venkatesh Iyer and Nitesh Rana have been consistent in the middle order, while Rinku Singh has also been contributing well. However, the team seems to struggle in the lower order with Andre Russell and Sunil Narine not performing to their full potential.
The spinners have been the backbone of the Knight Riders’ bowling attack. Varun Chakaravarthy has taken 13 wickets so far, while Suyash Sharma and Sunil Narine have taken 15 wickets between them. However, the seamers have struggled, with Shardul Thakur only managing to take 2 wickets in 5 matches and Umesh Yadav managing just 1 in 8 outings.
The Knight Riders started the season strong with a win over the Rajasthan Royals, but then faced a four-match losing streak before their win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
While the Knight Riders have struggled in recent matches, they have the advantage of playing at their home ground. They will be looking to capitalize on this and put in a strong performance against the Gujarat Titans.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing 11
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The Gujarat Titans have been performing consistently this season and find themselves in the top-4 of the points table. In their upcoming match, they will face Kolkata Knight Riders, against whom they had lost earlier this season.
The Gujarat Titans have a well-rounded team with almost all players contributing to their success. The team’s batting appears to be in good shape with the likes of Shubhman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Sai Sudharsan, and Vijay Shankar providing good support to the top order.
Hardik Pandya has been batting at number three in the past couple of matches, allowing him to set the tone of the inning before the spin-hitters come in later during the match. David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, and Rahul Tewatia all played brilliantly in the team’s last match, and the team’s batting has shown the ability to raise their strike rate, which will be crucial at the high-scoring venue of the Eden Gardens.
The Titans arguably have the best bowling attack in the tournament. Rashid Khan is the joint-highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets, while Noor Ahmed bowled a brilliant spell taking 3 wickets in the last match. Mohammad Shami has been excellent with the new ball, while Mohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have been quite economical. Mohit Sharma has been particularly good at bowling the death overs. The team has struck the right combination of players, providing so much variety and depth in their bowling attack that they remain competitive even when they score 10-15 runs short of a good total.
The defending champions have been one of the most consistent teams this season and are comfortably placed in the top-4 of the points table. The Gujarat Titans have been consistent too and have had almost all players contributing in their own way to take the team this far.
The upcoming match between the Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to be an exciting contest. While the Knight Riders have halted their losing streak by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in their latest outing, the Titans’ consistent performance this season gives them an edge in this encounter. The Titans’ well-rounded team, strong batting line-up, and arguably the best bowling attack in the tournament make them a force to reckon with.
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Kolkata vs Gujarat 39th Match- Team Summary
Kolkata Knight Riders:
- Jason Roy has provided significant strength to the top order
- Venkatesh Iyer and Nitesh Rana have been consistent in the middle order
- The lower order feels out of depth, with Andre Russell and Sunil Narine underperforming
- Spinners Varun Chakaravarthy, Suyash Sharma, and Sunil Narine have done an excellent job, but seamers have struggled
- Almost all players have contributed to the team’s success
- Shubhman Gill remains the mainstay of the top-order batting, with good support from others
- Bowling attack is well-balanced with Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmed, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, and Hardik Pandya
- GT has perhaps the best bowling attack in the entire tournament.
Pitch And Conditions
The weather is expected to be overcast with some showers during the day, making conditions a bit challenging for the players.
The pitch at the Eden Gardens is excellent for batting and has seen high-scoring matches this season. The ball comes nicely onto the bat with good bounce. However, the pitch tends to slow down as the match progresses, and the spinners will come into play in the latter half of the match. The size of the ground also favors the batsmen.
Kolkata vs Gujarat 39th Match – Betting Tips
After analyzing both teams, we predict that the Gujarat Titans are more likely to win the upcoming match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Although KKR managed to win their last game against the Titans, the Titans have a more balanced team with almost all their players contributing to their success so far. On the other hand, the KKR batting lineup seems to depend heavily on Shubhman Gill and has shown inconsistency in the lower order. Additionally, the Titans have the best bowling attack in the tournament, with Rashid Khan leading the wicket-taker charts, followed by Noor Ahmed, Mohammad Shami, and Mohit Sharma, who have all been performing well.