Gujarat Titans vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Preview and Prediction

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Gujarat Titans will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday

The playoff race in the Indian Premier League 2024 intensifies as unexpected outcomes leave both teams and fans reeling. In the 63rd match of the season, the Gujarat Titans are gearing up to host the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, aiming to keep their playoff dreams alive on Monday.

Currently placed in the eighth position after playing 12 games, the Gujarat Titans stand with ten points and a notably negative run rate of -1. With five wins and seven losses under their belt, the team faces an uphill battle. However, they reignited their playoff aspirations with a resounding 35-run triumph over the Chennai Super Kings in their recent outing.

On the flip side, Kolkata Knight Riders did a double over Mumbai Indians with a win by 18 runs at Eden Gardens in their previous fixture. The bowling unit fired in unison in a rain-affected game with Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell topping the bowling charts with a brace each.

What has happened so far?

In their recent face-off at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the Gujarat Titans were sent in to bat first by the Chennai Super Kings. Despite a season marked by struggles, Shubman Gill and Sai Sudarshan rose to the occasion, forging an impressive 200+ partnership and notching up centuries each. 

Their stellar performance propelled the Titans to a formidable total of 231 runs by the end of the 20 overs. Facing the daunting target, Chennai faltered early, losing three wickets. Although Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell orchestrated a partnership in the middle overs, the chase faltered with the subsequent fall of their partnership, ultimately leading to Chennai’s defeat.

In a match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders initially faced struggles while batting first. However, they managed to salvage the innings, reaching a respectable total of 157 runs, largely thanks to a crucial cameo by Venkatesh Iyer in the middle overs. 

Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, and Rinku Singh also made significant contributions to bolster the team’s score in a rain-curtailed game. Despite a valiant effort from Tilak Varma and Naman Dhir to chase down the target, KKR held their nerve and crossed the finish line, securing victory. With this win, they became the first team to qualify for the knockout stages.

Head to Head Record

Over the past two seasons, the Gujarat Titans have faced off against the Kolkata Knight Riders three times, boasting a commendable track record. The Titans emerged victorious twice, while Kolkata managed to secure a lone win.

In their most recent clash, the Titans delivered a commanding performance, chasing down 180 with aplomb to seal a convincing seven-wicket triumph, leaving Kolkata trailing with 13 deliveries to spare.

Key Players

Shubman Gill scored a century in the last game against Chennai Super Kings

Shubman Gill (Gujarat Titans): Shubman Gill, hailed as the heir to Kohli’s legacy, has begun to make his mark with a stellar century in the last match. Beyond just elevating his batting prowess, Gill has also displayed astute leadership skills amidst a testing season.

In the current campaign, Gill has amassed 426 runs for his team across 12 innings. The right-handed batter has maintained an impressive average of 38.73 and a striking strike rate of 147.40. Additionally, he has notched up two half-centuries and a century, further solidifying his impact on the tournament.

Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders): Throughout KKR’s campaign, Sunil Narine has emerged as a pivotal figure, contributing significantly with both bat and ball. His stellar performances include remarkable centuries, impactful three-wicket hauls, and an undeniable claim to the title of the season’s most valuable player.

In the ongoing season, Narine has showcased his prowess with the bat, amassing an impressive 461 runs from 12 games, highlighted by a century and three half-centuries, all achieved at a staggering strike rate of 182.94. 

Additionally, with the ball, he has proven to be equally potent, claiming 15 wickets while maintaining an economy rate of 6.64. Narine’s multifaceted contributions have undeniably been instrumental in KKR’s success throughout the season.

Team News from Both Camps

As Gujarat Titans navigate through the increasingly intense qualification race in the league, they persist in fine-tuning their lineup. The return of their previously injured players injects a significant boost into the team, enhancing their flexibility in player selection. 

However, Shubman Gill faced a temporary setback during fielding as he battled cramps induced by the scorching heat during an extended innings in Ahmedabad.

KKR finds themselves blessed with a clean bill of health, with Nitish Rana’s return adding a significant boost to their lineup. However, looming ahead of the playoffs is the challenge of managing the unavailability of their English players, who are set to depart for home commitments. 

Consequently, the Knight Riders will need to navigate this hurdle by providing opportunities for replacements while ensuring the team’s cohesion and competitiveness remain intact.

Predicted XIs

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill ©, Sai Sudharsan, Matthew Wade (wk), Shahrukh Khan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Kartik Tyagi

Kolkata Knight Riders: Phil Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer ©, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Varun Chakravarthy, Harshit Rana


As Kolkata Knight Riders maintain their stronghold atop the table, they would be aiming to secure the top position for the knockout stages, ensuring a favorable path in the playoffs. 

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Titans are determined to persist in their fight for playoff qualification until the very end. Anticipate a fiercely contested match, with KKR emerging victorious in a crucial encounter, further solidifying their position at the summit of the standings.