Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 39th game of the IPL 2023 on Saturday (April 29) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Knight Riders have won three out of eight games this season and are placed in the 7th place in the points table. One of their three wins came against the Titans by three wickets. They chased down the target of 205 runs on the final delivery of their innings. Rinku Singh hit five sixes in the last over to guide the team to this victory. Knight Riders defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing by 21 runs. KKR had posted a total of 200 runs for the loss of five wickets and restricted the Royal Challengers to 179 runs.
The Titans have been on a successful run this season so far and have won five out of seven games. They have won their previous two encounters and defeated Mumbai Indians in their previous outing. Against MI, the Titans made 207 runs for the loss of six wickets. Shubman Gill scored another half-century for the Titans. David Miller and Abhinav Manohar played crucial knocks for the defending champions. In reply, MI managed just 152 runs for the loss of nine wickets and lost the game by 55 runs. Noor Ahmad picked up three wickets for 37 runs in four overs and was the most successful bowler for the team.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Kolkata Knight Riders
BENCH : Mandeep Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shardul Thakur, Tim Southee, AS Roy, Suyash Sharma, S Iyer, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, LH Ferguson, H Rana, K Khejroliya,
BENCH : Kane Williamson, J Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Sai Sudharsan, KS Bharat, J Yadav, MS Wade, Urvil Patel, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Odean Smith, Shivam Mavi, DG Nalkande, PJ Sangwan, D Shanaka
The pitch at the Eden Gardens has provided much support to the batters this season, and the same might also happen in this game. The average first innings score in the last five T20 games at this venue has been 195 runs. The team winning the toss will likely elect to bowl.