Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive when they take on Lucknow Super Giants in Game 53 of IPL 2022 at MCA Stadium, Pune. With just four wins in 10 games, KKR languishes in eighth place, and a loss could end their hopes of making the playoffs. After losing five games on the rebound, KKR found their way back to winning ways in their last game against the Rajasthan Royals. KKR could make a change or two to their playing XI against LSG.

Here’s how the Kolkata Knight Riders could line up against the Lucknow Super Giants:

Aaron Finch: KKR struggled at the top of the order and Aaron Finch’s form has been a concern for the franchise. The Australian skipper with the white ball, however, should retain his place at the top of the standings.

Venkatesh Iyer: Venkatesh Iyer has missed the last two games but is likely to return to the playing XI. If given a chance, the all-rounder could open the innings with Finch. His presence will add more stability to their hitter.

Shreyas Iyer: The KKR skipper has enjoyed his form with the bat, scoring 349 runs in 10 games at an average of 36. With the games to come, Shreyas’ consistency will be key for his team.

Nitish Rana: The hitter has been a vital cog in the KKR middle order over the years. So far, Nitish has scored 248 points at an average of 27.56.

Rinku Singh: So far so good for Rinku Singh in a KKR shirt. The young hitter played in three games, recording scores of 35, 23 and 42 not knocked out.

Andre Russell: The all-rounder has been in excellent form with the bat and the ball. In 10 matches so far, Russell has scored 227 runs and also won 10 wickets.

Sunil Narine: The West Indian all-rounder has been impressive with the ball, taking seven wickets in nine games, while also being very economical.

Anukul Roy: The young spinner made his debut in the previous game, taking one for 28 in four overs.

Umesh Yadav: The veteran enjoyed his return to KKR, taking 15 wickets in 10 matches.

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Tim Southee: Tim Southee started the season with a bang but his form has deteriorated over the last few games. Against RR, Southee took two wickets but conceded 46 runs.

Shivam Mavi: Pacer took a wicket against RR in four overs and conceded 33 runs. The management is likely to support Shivam Mavi.

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