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Lucknow Super Giants is a team of wonder and Chaos because they even don’t know in which match they will come as warriors or losers. The last match they played against the Royal Challengers Bangalore was a Chaos match for them because they were not able to chase down the 126 runs, and before their last match, they scored the 2nd highest total in IPL. They lost the match by 18 runs.
The Lucknow team’s middle order is unreliable and can give results in every match, but still, they performed badly in the last match, and no batters scored more than 25 runs which is a disastrous performance as a team.
The bowling unit did their job pretty well in the last game, as they restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 126 runs. Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, and Naveen-ul-Haq were the star performer for the Lucknow Super Giants as together they took 7 wickets which broke the back of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Chennai Super Kings are struggling a bit with their bowling department, and because of that, they lost the last faceoff against the Punjab Kings. They made a good total of 200 at the Chepauk Stadium, which has been a low-scoring ground, but still, they were able to cross the 200 mark, which is an amazing job.
When they came to bowl, they were not able to defend a huge total on Chepauk, and Punjab Kings won by 4 wickets which made them lose 2 crucial points for the playoffs. When Asked MS Dhoni at the Post Match presentation, he also said that the bowling unit gave many runs in the middle order, which coasted them to lose the match.
“We lost it in a couple of overs in the middle. You need to be aware what you need to bowl and be clear because the batters will be going for it (big hits). (Matheesha) Pathirana bowled well but other than that, we need to see if the plans were wrong or the execution was bad,”MS Dhoni said in the Post Match Presentation.
Chennai team spinners did not do well as Maheesh Theekshana and Moeen Ali could not take any wickets and were lil bit expensive with their bowling figures.
Conway once again played an amazing inning of 92 in just 52 balls, and Ruturaj Gaiwad once again failed to convert his 20s into a half-century or big score, which is one of the concerns now for the Chennai Super Kings. Moeen Ali is not performing consistently, which disturbs the team’s balance because he has been one of the key players for the Chennai side over the years with both departments.
LSG vs CSK: Head-to-Head Record
Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings played 2 matches in IPL till now, in which both won 1-1 matches against each other. Chennai Super Kings came on top in the last encounter, winning the match by 12 runs, a high-scoring encounter at the MA. Chidambaram Stadium.
In the last match, Dhoni gave a warning to his bowlers that they needed to control their bowling and should not give any no balls, which they did, and till now, after 8 matches completed, they just bowled 2 no balls overall.
LSG vs CSK: Pitch Report of Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Stats in the table is from the last 5 IPL matches played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
|Batting first won||3|
|Batting second won||2 Matches|
|Average first Innings score||149 runs per match|
|Pacer Took||37 Wickets|
|Spinners Took||33 Wickets|
The pitch of Ekana Stadium favors spinners more than pace bowlers, which was seen in the last match on this ground between Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans on April 22nd, 2023. In the last match, run-scoring was not easy, and all types of bowlers got something from the pitch that helped them keep the batsman on their toes and not hit them hard.
The last match played on Ekana was a low-scoring thriller between Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. KL Rahul’s team LSG was unable to chase down the 126 scores in 20 overs and lost the match by 18 runs, which clearly shows that the pitch is very slow and hard to hit shorts.
It is hard to pick the length of the bowler and to hit with perfect timing, which was seen in the game played before on this pitch when most of the players got out when they tried to hit the ball.
Team Preview of Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants will look for a win in their next match against the Chennai Super Kings side because they need 2 points to stay in the playoff race, which is getting closer and harder as matches go on.
Lucknow Super Giants is in 3rd position of the table with 10 points in their hand and will look to get 2 more against the Chennai side when they welcome them at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.
Lucknow batting choked in the last match when they needed to chase down 126 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. There was no intent to play shots by many batsmen, and the big bad news for them is that KL Rahul is injured and might miss the next match against the Chennai side because there is only 1 day of recovery time, which mostly goes into traveling.
We did pretty well in the first half restricting them. It was a great team effort. Really happy with how we have bowled this tournament. 126, at the start of the game, we would have taken. But we just could not execute our plans. (On Rahul’s injury) It is a sad thing. He pulled his hip flexor, I guess. I do not know how bad it is. The medical team will assess it.”Krunal Pandya said in the Post-Match presentation
Lucknow Super Giants need to replace Deepak Hooda with Manan Vohra or Prerak Mankad because Hood is not scoring at all in his 9 matches. He just scored 53 runs with an average of 6.63 runs per match, which is worse than an 11th-down player.
It is time for Lucknow Super Giants to take a bold move to replace Nicholas Pooran with Quinton de Kock, which is much more likely to happen in the next match because there is a big chance that KL Rahul will miss the match so Quinton can open with Kyle Mayers. They can use Naveen-ul-Haq as an impact player to replace Kyle Mayers.
Marcus Stoinis as an opener is an option for them as he played as an opener in many matches and scored a few centuries. There were many heated scenes from the Lucknow Super Giants side in the last match against the RCB. Whenever two Delhi boys play against each other, there is a big chance of having some verbal argument.
In the match, which happened in the last match between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, and because of that, both were fined with a 100% cut in the match fee and also an extra fine. Naveen-ul-Haq is also being fined 25% of his match fee because of some verbal argument with Kohli.
The official announcement of the Code of Conduct Breached by Kohli, Gambhir, and Naveen-ul-Haq- https://www.iplt20.com/news/3935/code-of-conduct-breach-match-43-lsg-vs-rcb
Team Preview of Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are in the 4th position in the points table with 10 points, and the next match is against the Lucknow Super Giants, who are an unpredictable team that will challenge them.
The opening stand of Chennai Super Kings has been amazing this season. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway had 7 half-century opening stands, which is the highest by any opening pair in the IPL ongoing season.
The pitch is going to favor the MS Dhoni team because they mostly rely on their spin department, and the pitch condition on their home ground, Chepuak, is also the same. The surface of Ekkana Stadium is slow, which has already been seen in a few matches where the team could not chase down 126 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane will be key on the ground as Devon Conway is not used to slow wickets, same with Ruturaj Gaikwad, but Rahane has the ability to adjust.
Moeen Ali will be key against Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock because they both are left-handers, and Moeen is an off-spinner which gonna turn the ball against them. There is a possibility that Mitchell Santar will get a chance in place of Maheesh Theekshana.
Theekshana just took 6 wickets in his 6 matches, and Santner took 3 wickets in 3 matches, but Lucknow Super Giants have more right-hander batters, which will give Santner a better advantage. There is one more advantage of Santner: he can also score some runs with the bat. Rajvardhan Hangargekar can replace Akash Singh if CSK needs more depth in batting.
LSG vs CSK Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
KL Rahul(c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur
Probable Lineup of Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ajinkya Rahane, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana
Impact Players who can come in the match of LSG vs CSK
From Chennai Super Kings, Tushar Deshpande can replace Ambati Rayudu, and for Lucknow Super Giants, Amit Mishra will come in for Ayush Badoni.