Kolkata Knight Riders would be eager to return to winning ways after claiming just 3 wins in their first 7 matches. With their playoffs hopes encountering plenty of roadblocks, Shreyas Iyer & Co. take on a high-flying Gujarat Titans team that is presently placed second in the points table. A win today would take GT to the top of the team standings.
As Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans square off in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season, the match-up will see two young skippers in the form of Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya trying to undo each other. While Gujarat have been one of the finest performers of the campaign, Kolkata have seen their season hit a snag after an impressive start.AdvertisingAdvertisingVenkatesh Iyer, who was a revelation for KKR at the top of the batting order last season, hasn’t hit the ground running this year. The team management also played him down the order in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, with Sunil Narine opening for the franchise instead, but the move didn’t quite pay off.
Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer looked in a good touch himself, scoring 85 off 51 against the Royals but the franchise still failed to reach the target of 218 runs. With just 3 wins in 7 games so far, the Knight Riders have amends to make against Gujarat or else their hopes of making it to the playoffs might fail to find substance.As for Gujarat, the Hardik Pandya-led side has been one of the most impressive franchises this year.
Hardik has truly led the team from the front, becoming an important pillar, both the bat and the ball. With David Miller finding form in the last match against Chennai Super Kings, the team is looking even stronger heading into the contest against the Knight Riders
After missing the previous match, Hardik is likely to return to the playing XI. Fellow all-rounder Vijay Shankar is expected to be the one who would make way for Hardik.Wriddhiman Saha is expected to continue opening the innings alongside Shubman Gill despite his poor outing last time against Chennai. Gujarat don’t have a better wicket-keeping option at the moment, especially with Matthew Wade also struggling to hit form.
Match Prediction: With nothing less than a victory being the need of the hour, Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to put up a strong show against Gujarat Titans. Expect Shreyas Iyer & Co. to win this contest.