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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL Tips - Titans likely to tip the opening scales

Sridhar
28 Apr 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 28 Apr 2023
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  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL match predictions to be played in Kolkata on Saturday, April 28 at 3:30pm IST
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the highest opening partnership in 7 of their last 8 IPL matches
  • Gujarat Titans have posted the highest opening partnership in 4 of their last 5 IPL matches
  • Gujarat Titans have scored the most powerplay runs in 6 of their last 7 IPL matches
  • Can the Titans avenge the loss of the reverse fixture against Kolkata?
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL
Can the Titans avenge the loss from the reverse fixture to the Knight Riders? (Getty Images)

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL


Gujarat Titans will have one eye on the top spot of the IPL 2023 when they travel to Kolkata this weekend to play Kolkata Knight Riders. This match #39 will be played at the Eden Gardens on Saturday from 3:30pm IST.
  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL
  • Head to Head
  • Kolkata Knight Riders Form
  • Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
  • Gujarat Titans Form
  • Gujarat Titans Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders haven’t been consistent with their displays and that’s showing in the table. For the Gujarat Titans, it has been the opposite with the defending champions competing in every game. This looks to be another Titans win while our pick is in the opening partnership market. I am backing Gujarat Titans to post the highest opening partnership.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the highest powerplay runs in 6 of their last 7 matches (IPL)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders have conceded the highest opening partnership in 7 of their last 8 matches (IPL)
  • Gujarat Titans have scored the highest powerplay runs in 6 of their last 7 matches (IPL)
  • Gujarat Titans have posted the highest opening partnership in 4 of their last 5 matches (IPL)
  • Jason Roy has top scored for Kolkata Knight Riders in their last 3 matches (IPL)

Head to Head


The H2H record between these teams stands 1-1 after the earlier match in this season was won by Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a thriller that was settled in the final over when Rinku Singh famously smashed Yash Dayal for five consecutive sixes to seal the deal.

Kolkata Knight Riders Form


Kolkata Knight Riders have six points from eight matches with one of those victories against the Titans. The Knight Riders have halted a four-game losing run with a 21-run win over Royal Challengers Bengaluru last Wednesday.

Venky Iyer’s consistency is a talking point as he failed to cross 30 in three innings after scoring a hundred against Mumbai. Jason Roy has stepped up, top-scoring in each of their last three matches. With the ball, Varun Chakaravarthy is leading the pack with 13 wickets.

Too many inconsistencies with the bat and questions on the composition are hampering the Knight Riders.

Kolkata Knight Riders Team News


Narayan Jagadeesan’s performances at the top haven’t been up to the mark but they won’t be looking at getting Gurbaz by sacrificing a bowler like David Wiese.

Gujarat Titans Form


Gujarat Titans have 10 points from their seven matches with one of their two defeats coming against Kolkata. They are coming off back-to-back wins including a stunning 55-run victory in Mumbai.

Shubman Gill’s 284 runs have been the consistent theme for Gujarat, although they would have loved at least one more regular performer. Rashid Khan (14) and Mohammed Shami (10) have been the leading lights with the ball.

Gujarat will be wary that they are a bit thin in the batting front, and will need a few more consistent performers.

Gujarat Titans Team News


Sai Sudharsan has been conspicuous by his absence in their previous couple of matches. Someone like Dasun Shanaka may be put in the team to shore up middle-order hitting.

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What time does Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL start?

This Kolkata Knight Riders vs Gujarat Titans IPL match is being played at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata at 3:30pm IST on Saturday, April 29.

Verdict

Kolkata Knight Riders need a win to move up the points tally but Gujarat Titans might not be an easy hurdle. Even in the reverse fixture, it was a superlative last over that titled the scales, but otherwise it was the Titans who bossed that match. It is Gujarat’s opening partnership that looks lucrative this time around and I am picking Gujarat Titans to post the highest opening partnership of the match.

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