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IPL 2024: GT vs KKR Match 63 – Top 3 player battles to watch out for

IPL 2024: GT vs KKR Match 63 - Top 3 player battles to watch out for

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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Gujarat Titans (GT) are gearing up for their first meeting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. KKR became the first team to qualify for the playoffs and their sole aim is to finish in the top two positions in the points table. GT, on the other hand, are on the verge of elimination but still in the hunt.

The 2022 champions are currently in eighth place. It is a do-or-die match for them as they are one loss away from being eliminated from the tournament. GT recently defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) comprehensively and will aim to repeat that form against Shreyas Iyer’s team.

However, it will not be easy for Shubman Gill and Co. as KKR are in scintillating form and they are coming on the back of an impressive win against Mumbai Indians (MI). Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium will host the crucial encounter on Monday (May 13) and an intense battle between the two is expected.

Here are the top three player battles to watch out for in GT vs KKR in IPL 2024, Match 63:

3. Andre Russell vs Rashid Khan

KKR all-rounder Andre Russell has been shining more in the bowling department than batting this season. Meanwhile, spin wizard Rashid Khan has not lived up to expectations so far. Neither is in top form in their areas of strength, but both can be dangerous on their day.

Russell will come in at the middle stage of the innings to accelerate the scoring rate. The big man will aim to smash towering sixes and Rashid will look to outplay him with the spin attack. Notably, Rashid has dismissed Russell thrice in the IPL, conceding just 24 runs in 22 deliveries.

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2. Phil Salt vs Umesh Yadav

Philip Salt is one of the most dangerous openers in this season. The right-hander has accumulated 435 runs in 12 matches at a strike rate of 182.01. Known for his power-hitting, Salt can take the game away from his opponents in the powerplay. GT must get him out early to avoid maximum damage.

Umesh Yadav will be operating with the new ball for GT and the veteran fast bowler will have to shoulder the responsibility of giving the team a strong start. The right-arm pacer will look to dismiss Salt in the powerplay and give GT an early breakthrough.

1. Sai Sudharsan vs Varun Chakravarthy

Sai Sudharsan and Varun Chakravarthy are currently two of the best players in their respective fields for their respective teams. The southpaw has so far scored over 500 runs at an average of 47.91. Chakravarthy, on the other hand, has taken 18 wickets in 12 matches and is a strong contender for the Purple Cap.

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Sudarshan opened the innings in the last match and slammed his maiden IPL century. He is in red-hot form and KKR will rely on their spin attack to stay out of danger. Chakravarthy can also operate in the powerplay and may look to send the youngster packing early.

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