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Kolkata – Whose home is it anyway? LSG or KKR?

Kolkata – Whose home is it anyway? LSG or KKR?

Who will emerge victorious in this unique clash? Will LSG continue their dominance over KKR, or can the home team capitalize on their familiar surroundings? The Eden Gardens crowd is sure to witness a thrilling battle!

The IPL brings a unique twist this season as the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) prepare to face the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Eden Gardens on Sunday. While Kolkata might seem like an away turf for LSG – geographically, their ownership ties to local and legendary football team Mohun Bagan create a complex scenario for loyal KKR fans.

Kolkata Connection for LSG: A Rivalry Emerges

LSG’s owners, based in Kolkata, have established a surprising connection with the city. RP Sanjiv Goenka Group who own LSG also has majority stake in local MBFC.

Their previous appearance at Eden Gardens saw them sporting Mohun Bagan colors, leaving fans in Kolkata conflicted. This, coupled with their perfect 3-0 record against KKR, has sparked a burgeoning rivalry to watch.

This time also, Lucknow Super Giants will sport a unique jersey for the clash at Eden Gardens. KL Rahul-led side will sport iconic Maroon and Green of Mohun Bagan.

Gautam Gambhir return adds spice to mix

Adding another layer of intrigue is the presence of Gautam Gambhir, who mentored LSG in 2022 and 2023. His return to KKR for the 2024 season injects a personal aspect into the contest.

LSG Looking to Maintain Momentum

Despite a narrow defeat to the Delhi Capitals, LSG finds itself comfortably placed in the top four of the points table. Youngsters Ayush Badoni and Arshad Khan’s valiant efforts against Delhi offer promise for the future. However, Devdutt Padikkal’s lack of form (25 runs in five games) remains a concern for LSG.

KKR Aims to Bounce Back in IPL 2024

KKR seeks to bounce back after their first IPL 2024 loss against the Chennai Super Kings. They currently sit just two points behind the league leaders, Rajasthan Royals, with a game in hand. The upcoming home stretch of five matches presents a golden opportunity for KKR to establish dominance, similar to teams like CSK and Mumbai Indians.

More on Kolkata Knight Riders:

Form and Team News: KKR vs LSG

  • KKR: Looking to regain their winning form (LWWW record) with the potential return of injured players Nitish Rana and Harshit Rana. Suyash Sharma is the likely Impact Player, with Anukul Roy a potential alternative.
  • LSG: Despite their recent loss (LWWWL record), LSG will be determined to maintain their position in the top four.

Who will emerge victorious in this unique clash? Will LSG continue their dominance over KKR, or can the home team capitalize on their familiar surroundings? The Eden Gardens crowd is sure to witness a thrilling battle!

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