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Lucknow Super Giants once again won the match that was not going their way, but in the end, the power hitters of the Lucknow team turned the waves and won the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets.
The debutant Prerak Mankad played a fine knock to keep his time alive in the match till the last and received the Player of the Match award for his 64 runs innings in just 45 balls. Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis was the power hitter in the match, and in 15 overs together, they hit 5 sixes in 6 balls, which turned the match around in favor of Lucknow Super Giants.
Gautam Gambhir showed his rare side when he was smiling after the match meeting in Lucknow Super Giants lockerroom. This means the team performed well because making Gambhir smile is very hard. The bowling unit of Lucknow Super Giants is a bit uncertain because they use so many bowlers, but still, except for Avesh Khan, most of the bowlers did well. They are still in the race to qualify for the Playoffs, but it’s going to be super hard for them.
Mumbai Indians outclassed the Defending Champions in their last match, in which they won the match by 27 runs. However, the match was not against Gujarat Titans. It was just against Rashid Khan, who did everything for the Gujarat team to save them from a horrific defeat somehow. Suryakumar Yadav is fully back in his stride, and the way he toyed with Gujarat Titans bowlers was mesmerizing to see. Rohit Sharma and the opposition captain Hardik Pandya also praised him in the Post Match presentation.
The guy (SKY) has got the confidence. We wanted to keep right-left combination but SKY came in and said no, he wanted to go in. That is the kind of confidence he has and that rubs off on others. Every game he wants to start fresh and does not look back at the previous game. Sometimes you can sit back and feel proud about what you have done but that is not the case with him.Rohit Sharma said in the Post Match presentation
Have spoken enough about him (Surya). One of the best batters in T20 cricket. You saw what can happen if you don’t execute your plans.Hardik Pandya
Suryakumar Yadav made his maiden IPL century which is a surprising thing. If you ask any person who watches IPL, they will be unsure because that is what Suryakumar Yadav’s skill shows. He scored 103 runs in just 49 balls and in the bowling department Akash Madhwal who came as an impact player, bowled the best way he could and picked up 3 wickets in his 4 overs.
The way Mumbai Indians came out as a team in the 2nd phase of IPL is just amazing, and they do this in every IPL. Once they get their hands on the winning gear, they just do not leave it, and that’s why Mumbai is able to win the 5 IPL titles.
If they win their next match against the Lucknow Super Giants, then they will be in the 2nd spot of the points table and will secure their place in qualification.
LSG vs MI: Head-to-Head Records
Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians played 2 matches against each other, and surprisingly Lucknow team won both matches in IPL 2022, but in their next match of IPL 2023, the Lucknow team will have a huge disadvantage. The last season, KL Rahul scored a century in both matches against the Mumbai Indians, and the coincidence was amazing that he scored the same 103 runs in both matches, but this season, he is already out of the IPL.
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||144 runs per match|
|Pacer Took||37 Wickets|
|Spinners Took||33 Wickets|
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, has one of the slowest pitches in IPL, and the home team Lucknow Super Giants, struggled the most in their own home ground condition. They lost 3 out of 5 matches at their home ground, and in the last match against the Chennai Super Kings, they were lucky that Rain made the match abandoned else; they would have lost it.
In the match against Chennai Super Kings, they were at 125-7 in 19.2 overs, and only Ayush Badoni could score 50+ runs. The spinners and pace bowlers who vary their speed will be more successful on this pitch rather than a speed pace bowler.
It is hard to pick the bowler’s length 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 have a decent probability of qualifying for the Playoffs, but still, they need to win both their last matches of the league stage to qualify for the playoffs. They are in the 4th spot of the Points table with 13 points and have a positive net run rate.
Krunal Pandya needs to be more clear with his bowling options in their next match against the Mumbai Indians, who have an explosive batting lineup from opening slot to tailenders. He needs to back his main bowlers like Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi to bowl their full quota, which will help them to gain confidence and give their 100% for the team.
Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan do have a decent matchup against the Mumbai Indians batters, specially Bishnoi, who is going to be a key player to go up against Suryakumar Yadav. Amit Mishra will be key also because there are many right-hand players in the Mumbai Indians team, and Leg spinners always have some advantage against the Right Handers. The pitch will also favor Mishra’s bowling style, and it will be an exciting matchup against the Mumbai Indains batters.
Marcus Stoinis and Kyle Mayers need to keep performing for the team because they are helpless on Ekanna’s surface because the pitch is slow and favors bowlers more, making it difficult for the batter to hit their strokes freely.
Prerak Mankad is going to be an important player in the next season for the Lucknow Super Giants after showing his skills and motivation for the team. The way he batted throughout the innings was unbelievable. It was an inning that most experienced batsmen failed to play, but the maturity he showed was commendable. Krunal Pandya was happy for him and from his performance, and he himself was pretty confident in his skills and hard work.
Most important game for us, my score does not matter to me, whichever team I play I want to contribute. I was trying to hit the spinners and couldn’t connect, I knew Mayank would try to get me out and I have played against him in domestic cricket, so took my chance. Thanks to the management for giving me this opportunity. I haven’t batted a lot at number 3 but have batted in the top four. I back my ability and strength, it worked out in the end.Prerak Mankad said in the Post Match presentation.
The good thing about the Lucknow Super Giants side for the next match against the Mumbai Indians is that they defeated them twice in the last season of IPL 2022.
Team Preview of Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indains need one more win to secure their place in the playoffs in the IPL 2023, and they will be confident to go up against the Lucknow Super Giants in their next match.
It is going to be a challenging surface for the Mumbai Indians team as they play on fast and bouncy surfaces more, but the Ekanna ground is slow, and it supports spinners more which have been a struggle for the Mumbai Indians side.
Mumbai Indians also lost two matches in the last season of the IPL against the Lucknow Super Giants, and it can be a psychological factor too for them in their next match against them. Mumbai Batsmen have many struggles against the Lucknow Super Giants bowlers.
Rohit Sharma struggled against Amit Mishra as he got out 7 times in the 91 balls he played against Mishra Ji. Ravi Bishnoi got Suryakumar Yadav out three times in 20 balls. Nehal Wadhera will be a key player in the match against the Lucknow side to give them a bit of comfort because he is a left-hand batsman who is going to have an advantage over Amit Mishra’s leg spin bowling.
The bowling unit is a weakness for the Mumbai Indians because their main bowlers are being ruled out of the IPL, and they don’t have a solid spin bowler on their side. Tilak Varma is also one of the missing players who performed well against the Lucknow Super Giants.
Tristan Stubbs can be given another chance in the team because he is an off-spinner, and there are few left-hand batters in the Lucknow Super Giants. Cameron Green and Tim David need to be consistent with their performance because, in the last 2 matches, they have been a bit out of form in the match.
LSG vs MI Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Quinton de Kock(w), Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya(c), Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Yudhvir Singh Charak, Avesh Khan
Probable Lineup of Mumbai Indians (MI)
Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Vishnu Vinod, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya
Impact Players who can come in the match of LSG vs MI
Vishnu Vinod can replace Akash Madhwal as an impact player for the Mumbai Indains, and for Lucknow Super Giants, Amit Mishra will come in for Ayush Badoni.