The 39th match of IPL 2023 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans is expected to be a highly competitive game, given that both teams are strong contenders in the league. The coin toss is scheduled for 3:00 PM, 30 minutes before the match begins, and both teams have talented players. This match will be crucial for the playoffs fate of both teams, as they are equally determined to emerge victorious. It is anticipated to be an intense and challenging battle between two formidable teams.
- Match: Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans, 39th Match of IPL 2023
- Day: Saturday
- Date: 29th April 2023
- Time: 03:30 PM IST
- Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
KKR vs GT Head-to-Head
In the history of the Indian Premier League, the Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans have played against each other 2 times. KKR emerged victorious in 1 match, while Gujarat Titans also won 1 match.
KKR vs GT Last Meeting
In a thrilling match on April 9th, 2023, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) won their second consecutive match in the TATA IPL 2023 by beating the Gujarat Titans by three wickets. The match took place at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium, and it was full of ups and downs. Venkatesh Iyer played an outstanding innings of 83 off 40 balls, and Rashid Khan took the first hat-trick of IPL 2023. However, it was Rinku Singh's heroic performance that stole the show. With 28 runs needed off five balls, Singh hit five consecutive sixes in the final over, securing a breathtaking victory for KKR. He remained unbeaten on 48 off 21 balls, including one four and six sixes.
Mohd. Shami picked up an early wicket, dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz, but Iyer's aggressive batting helped KKR reach 43/2 at the end of the Powerplay. Nitish Rana and Iyer added 100 runs in just 54 balls, with Iyer scoring a half-century off 26 balls. However, Alzarri Joseph dismissed Rana for 45 runs, and Iyer fell to Joseph for 83 runs. Rashid Khan then took a hat-trick, picking up three crucial wickets in one over, which left KKR with 48 runs to win from the final three overs. In the absence of Hardik Pandya, who was unwell, Rashid Khan, the stand-in captain of the Gujarat Titans won the toss and elected to bat. The team made two changes, replacing Pandya and Josh Little with Vijay Shankar and Abhinav Manohar.
The Gujarat Giants' opening pair of Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill got off to a solid start, with Saha hitting a couple of well-timed fours. However, Sunil Narine took the wicket of Saha in the fifth over, caught by N Jagadeesan at mid-wicket. Gill and Sai Sudharsan then built a steady partnership, hitting some boundaries along the way, until Narine broke the partnership by dismissing Gill.
Abhinav Manohar then counter-attacked, hitting three fours off Umesh Yadav. Although Manohar was dismissed by Suyash Sharma, Sudharsan continued to score runs and reached his third IPL fifty off 34 balls. Vijay Shankar then accelerated the score by hitting two fours and two sixes off Lockie Ferguson in one over. He eventually scored an unbeaten 63 off 24 balls with four fours and five sixes, helping the Gujarat Titans reach a total of 204/4. In their bowling innings, the Titans brought on Josh Little as their Impact Player and KS Bharat as a substitute keeper in place of the injured Wriddhiman Saha.
Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing 11
The Kolkata Knight Riders team has no significant injury concerns. The team has a dedicated group of supporters, and with a relatively stable lineup in 2023, they will persist in their pursuit of winning their championship.
Here are the probable Playing 11 of Kolkata Knight Riders:
1. Nitish Rana (C)
2. Sunil Narine
3. Narayan Jagdeeshan (wk)
4. Jason Roy
5. Andre Russell
6. Venkatesh Iyer
7. Rinku Singh
8. Suyash Sharma
9. Kulwant Khejroliya
10. Varun Chakravarthy
11. Umesh Yadav
Gujarat Titans Predicted Playing 11
In 2022, Titans achieved the status of champions, becoming only the second team after Rajasthan Royals to win the title in their debut season. They topped the league stage by winning 10 out of 14 games and defeated Royals in Qualifier 1 to reach the final, where they emerged victorious against the same opponents in front of a massive crowd of 104,859 on their home ground.
Here are the probable Playing 11 of Gujarat Titans:
1. Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
2. Hardik Pandya (C)
3. Shubman Gill
4. David Miller
5. Abhinav Manohar
6. Sai Sudarshan
7. Rahul Tewatia
8. Rashid Khan
9. Md. Shami
10. Mohit Sharma
11. Aizarri Joseph
Kolkata Knight Riders Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of KKR:
Gujarat Titans Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of GT:
IPL 2023 Match 36 KKR vs GT Fantasy Team
1. David Miller
2. Jason Roy (c)
3. Rinku Singh
4. Shubman Gill (vc)
5. Hardik Pandya
6. Andre Russell
7. Venkatesh Iyer
8. Rahul Tewatia
9. Rashid Khan
10. Mohammed Shami
11. Varun Chakravarthy
Captain: Jason Roy
In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Jason Roy has played 17 matches and scored 489 runs in 17 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 91*, but he has not scored a century in this format. However, he has achieved four half-centuries and has reached 30+ runs four times. Roy's strike rate in IPL matches is 139.7, with an average of 28.76 runs per 350 balls faced. He has hit a total of 73 boundaries in IPL, including 53 fours and 20 sixes.
In the current 2023 IPL season, a player has scored 160 runs in 3 matches, with a top score of 61 and two half-centuries. He has a strike rate of 170.21 and an average of 53.33, and has hit 25 boundaries, including 14 fours and 11 sixes. Frolic11 experts predict that he will continue his excellent form.
Vice Captain: Shubman Gill
He has participated in 79 IPL matches and batted in 76 innings, accumulating 2128 runs with a highest score of 96. Although he hasn't scored a century yet, he has made 16 half-centuries and achieved 30+ runs on 16 occasions and 20+ runs on 7 occasions. His strike rate is 126.6, with an average of 26.93 over 1680 IPL deliveries. Throughout his IPL career, he has hit 265 boundaries, including 213 fours and 52 sixes.
In the ongoing 2023 IPL season, a player has scored 284 runs in 7 matches, including a top score of 67 and three half-centuries. He has a strike rate of 142.71 and an average of 40.57. He has hit 38 boundaries, comprising 32 fours and 6 sixes. Currently, he is ranked 6th in the Orange Cap race for the 2023 IPL season.
Top Picks – Batsmen for IPL 2023 Match 39
1. David Miller: Throughout his IPL career, Miller has played in 109 matches and scored 2551 runs in 106 innings, with his highest score being 101 runs. He has scored one IPL century, 12 half-centuries, and has reached the 30+ mark 20 times and the 20+ mark 19 times. Miller has a strike rate of 137.8 with an average of 23.40 in 1850 IPL balls, and has hit a total of 292 boundaries, including 175 fours and 117 sixes.
2.Jason Roy: In 16 IPL matches, Jason Roy batted 16 times and scored a total of 433 runs. His highest score in the IPL is 91, and he has not scored a century yet. However, he has managed to score 3 half-centuries and has crossed the 30-run mark on 4 occasions. Jason Roy has a strike rate of 134.8, and his average is 27.06 based on 321 balls faced in IPL. He has hit a total of 64 boundaries, including 49 fours and 15 sixes.
3. Shubman Gill: In the IPL, he has played 79 matches and batted in 76 innings, scoring 2128 runs with a highest score of 96. While he hasn't yet scored a century, he has hit 16 half-centuries and achieved 30+ runs 16 times and 20+ runs 7 times. His strike rate is 126.6, with an average of 26.93 in 1680 IPL balls. Throughout his IPL career, he has hit a total of 265 boundaries, with 213 fours and 52 sixes.
4. Rinku Singh: He has played in 24 IPL matches, scoring 484 runs in 22 innings. He has recorded 2 half-centuries and a highest score of 58, but no centuries yet. Singh has crossed the 30-run mark six times and has a strike rate of 141.9 with an average of 20.16 in IPL. He has hit 62 boundaries, consisting of 36 fours and 26 sixes in his IPL career.
Top Picks – All Rounders for IPL 2023 Match 39
5. Hardik Pandya: In his IPL career, Hardik Pandya has participated in 112 matches and batted 105 times, scoring a total of 2082 runs. His highest individual score in the IPL is 91, and he has not yet been able to score a century but has scored nine half-centuries. Additionally, he has scored more than 30 runs 16 times and more than 20 runs 16 times in the IPL, maintaining a strike rate of 145.7 and an average of 18.58 over 1428 balls faced. During this period, he has hit a total of 267 boundaries, comprising 152 fours and 115 sixes.
In terms of his bowling performances, Hardik Pandya has taken 52 wickets in 113 IPL innings, achieving a strike rate of 21.73 and an average of 31.19. His economy rate during these games is 8.61, with his best bowling figures being 3/17. He has bowled a total of 1126 balls in the IPL, without ever bowling a maiden over. Additionally, he has taken two wickets on nine occasions and three wickets on four occasions.
6. Andre Russell: In the IPL, Andre Russell has played 101 matches and has scored 2071 runs in 85 innings. His highest score in the IPL is 88, and he has not scored any centuries but has made 10 half-centuries, achieved 22 scores of 30+ runs. With an average of 20.50, Russell has a strike rate of 177.6 in 1166 IPL balls. Throughout his IPL career, Russell has hit a total of 317 boundaries, consisting of 140 fours and 177 sixes.
Russell has taken 89 wickets in 89 IPL innings with a strike rate of 16.06 and an average of 24.48. His economy rate during these games is 9.23, with his best bowling figures being 5/15. He has delivered 1430 balls without a maiden over and has taken 2 wickets 12 times, 3 wickets 9 times, 5 wickets once.
8. Venkatesh Iyer: He has participated in 29 IPL matches, scoring a total of 806 runs in 29 innings. His highest individual score in the IPL is 104, which is also his only century. Additionally, he has scored six half-centuries and has scored more than 30 runs four times and more than 20 runs twice in the IPL. Venkatesh Iyer has maintained a strike rate of 130.8 and an average of 27.79 over 616 balls faced. During this period, he has hit a total of 112 boundaries, comprising 75 fours and 37 sixes in the IPL. In the 2023 IPL season, Venkatesh Iyer has scored 285 runs in 8 innings with a strike rate of 154.05 and an average of 35.63. And his best individual score is 104 in terms of batting this season. He has hit 40 boundaries, including 24 fours and 16 sixes.
9. Rahul Tewatia: In his IPL career, Rahul Tewatia has participated in 71 matches and batted 51 times, scoring a total of 781 runs. His highest individual score in the IPL is 53, and he has not yet been able to score a century but has scored one half-century. Additionally, he has scored more than 30 runs eight times in the IPL, maintaining a strike rate of 132.3 and an average of 11.00 over 590 balls faced. During this period, he has hit a total of 98 boundaries, comprising 59 fours and 39 sixes.
In terms of his bowling performances, Rahul Tewatia has taken 32 wickets in 71 IPL innings, achieving a strike rate of 26.12 and an average of 34.50. His economy rate during these games is 7.92, with his best bowling figures being 3/18. He has bowled a total of 836 balls in the IPL, without ever bowling a maiden over. Additionally, he has taken two wickets on two occasions and three wickets on four occasions.
Top Picks – Bowler for IPL 2023 Match 39
9. Rashid Khan: In his IPL career of 96 matches, Rashid has scored 324 runs in 45 innings, with his highest score being 40. He has not scored any centuries or half-centuries, but he has achieved 30+ runs three times and 20+ runs once, with a strike rate of 154.2 and an average of 3.37 in 210 balls faced. Rashid has hit a total of 44 boundaries in the IPL, including 21 fours and 23 sixes. With a strike rate of 18.93 and an average of 20.56, Rashid has taken 121 wickets in 96 innings, delivering 2291 balls (including 4 maiden overs). He has taken 2 wickets 16 times and 3 wickets 14 times.
10. Mohammed Shami: He is one of the best seam bowlers in India. He is skilled at both opening the innings and bowling in the death overs, and has become a complete bowler. Shami has taken a total of 109 wickets in 98 IPL innings, with a strike rate of 19.77 and an average of 28.04. His economy rate during these games is 8.44, with his best bowling figures being 3/15. He has delivered 2156 balls (including 2 Maiden overs), taken 2 wickets 19 times, and 3 wickets 10 times.
11. Varun Chakravarthy: In his IPL career, he has taken 50 wickets in 46 IPL innings, with a strike rate of 21.44 and an average of 25.90. His economy rate during these games is 7.37, with his best bowling figures being 5/20. He has bowled 1072 balls (including 1 maiden over) and has taken 2 wickets 9 times, 3 wickets 2 times, and 5 wickets 1 time.
KKR vs GT Game Prediction
In the ongoing IPL 2023 season, Kolkata Knight Riders have played eight matches, out of which they have won three of them and lost five. With six points, they occupy the seventh position in the points table with a net run rate of -0.027. On the other hand, Gujarat Titans have participated in seven matches; in those seven matches they won five of them and lost two. They currently hold the second position in the points table with ten points and with the net run rate of 0.580. As we see head-on-head stats between KKR and GT, we can say that both the teams have the possibilities to win this match but Gujarat Titans got the upper hand this time.
Best Batter of the Match
Venkatesh Iyer: In the eight IPL matches of the 2023 season so far, Venkatesh Iyer has scored 285 runs in 8 innings, with his highest score being 104. He has also hit one century and one half-centuries, with a strike rate of 154.05 and an average of 35.63. He has hit a total of 40 boundaries, including 24 fours and 16 sixes. As of now, he is currently in the 5th place for the Orange Cap race of the IPL 2023 season. For these reasons experts at Frolic11 believe that Venkatesh Iyer might be the best batsman of the match.
Best Bowler of the Match
Rashid Khan: So far in IPL 2023, Rashid Khan has played in seven matches and has taken 14 wickets, with his best performance being 3/31. This season, his bowling average stands at 16.14, his economy rate is 8.07 and his strike rate is 12.00. He is currently in the 2nd place for the race of Purple Cap in the IPL 2023. For these reasons experts at Frolic11 believe that Rashid Khan might be the best bowler of the match.
Match 33: KKR vs CSK Pitch and Weather Report
The pitch report for the Eden Garden suggests that it is a favourable wicket for the batsmen, with a good pace and bounce. Spinners might get some help but overall a balanced pitch for both batsmen. So, this cricket pitch is usually advantageous for the batsmen, the bowlers can also benefit from it. In the starting phase of the matches the ball may exhibit early seam and swing movements.
- Initial Ball Movement (1st Inning): Less chance
- Initial Spin Movement(1st Inning): Less chance of Turn on Pitch
- Middle Over: Good pace and bounce pitch
- 2nd Inning Pitch Behaviour: More advantage for batsman than bowler
- Due factor: Less chance of Due
- Pitch Nature: Dry Pitch
On April 29th, 2023, Kolkata's weather forecast predicted a temperature of 34 degrees Celsius, wind speed of 5 kilometres per hour, and 34% humidity.
The intense heat has caused the pitch to become firm and even, providing an advantage to the batsmen who can easily score boundaries. However, there may be some initial seam and swing movement for the ball. As a result, both the batsmen and bowlers have an opportunity to benefit from the pitch and weather conditions at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, weather conditions and pitch quality may play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the match.
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The upcoming match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans is highly anticipated, as both teams are eager to secure two crucial points. Kolkata Knight Riders, currently placed at the seventh position on the IPL 2023 points table, are particularly keen to win this match. Although it is difficult to predict the outcome of the game, our cricket experts at Frolic 11 believe that Gujarat Titans hold the upper hand and are expected to emerge victorious against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, April 29th, 2023.