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Toss Winner - Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to bowl first
Lucknow Super Giants beat Delhi Capitals by 50 runs
Lucknow Super Giants take on Delhi Capitals in their opening match in Lucknow
Our prediction is for Lucknow Super Giants to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Lucknow Super Giants made their IPL debut last season but did not play a single match in Lucknow. LSG are all set to kick off their 2023 IPL journey at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. KL Rahul will be looking to extend LSG’s unbeaten run against the Delhi Capitals in IPL as they meet for the third time.
They have made a few changes though the core remains intact. After Rishabh Pant met with an accident, he was ruled out of IPL given the serious injuries he suffered. David Warner will now be the captain and DC are coming into this season with only one wicket-keeper batsman, Phil Salt.
Lucknow’s bowling attack will look even stronger this year with the addition of England’s pace gun, Mark Wood. Ishant Sharma will be a key bowler to watch out for in the DC setup. He can lead the pace attack and the likes of Sakariya and Nagarakoti will find the right support and direction from the senior pace bowler.
All eyes will be on KL Rahul who has been the subject of much criticism from fans in the last few months. His place in the national team has come under question.
He was criticized for his strike rate in the last IPL and it was his unwillingness to play more aggressively that eventually knocked LSG out of the playoffs. Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, and Quinton de Kock will continue being part of the top 4 of this LSG side.
These are the key players in the batting department who can make or break their winning chances. There are many all-rounders in the LSG squad and that allows for variety in the bowling attack. With Krishanppa Gowtham coming in at number 8, LSG has great depth in the batting lineup as well.
This season, Daniel Sams will be joining the Super Giants and can be seen in the match-finisher’s role in the late middle order. Ayush Badoni is another key batsman to watch out for.
Left-arm fast-medium bowler, Mohsin Khan caught everyone’s attention last year with 14 wickets from 9 matches at an economy rate of 5.97. He returned figures of 4 for 16 against DC in their second encounter last season. Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan are other key bowlers in the LSG squad who will be expected to deliver breakthroughs.
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, K Gowtham, Daniel Sams, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Ravi Bishnoi
Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Jaydev Unadkat, Lokesh Rahul, Avesh Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda
This is a great opportunity for David Warner to redeem himself. He was stripped of the captaincy in SRH and later dropped from the XI. He was signed by DC in the mega auction as Hyderabad persisted with Williamson.
Warner had led SRH to their first title win in 2016. He is back in the captain’s role and this time for Delhi Capitals. He’s got a great squad to pick his team from and get the first points on the board.
DC should be considering Sarfaraz Khan this season. He delivered some outstanding performances in the domestic season and hogged the limelight. Rilee Rossouw has also joined DC this year along with Phil Salt. There is great firepower in this squad with the likes of Shaw, Warner, Powell, Salt, and Sarfaraz Khan.
In the lower middle order, Axar Patel is also a strong finisher who’s got plenty of experience now. Mitchell Marsh is another key player Warner would consider including in the XI. There are no changes to the all-rounders’ department though there’s been a major change in the bowling department.
Ishant Sharma comes in for Shardul Thakur and this can put DC in a strong position. Chetan Sakariya has been impressive and is a promising young bowler in this setup. Nortje will be one to watch out for with the new ball though LSG managed to play him well last season.
David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Phil Salt (wk), Lalit Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Chetan Sakariya
Rilee Rossouw, Khaleel Ahmed, Sarfaraz Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Rovman Powell, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Axar Patel, Chetan Sakariya, David Warner
The pitch offers even bounce for the pacers and is batting-friendly. The spinners will also get some help from the surface as the match progresses. The weather will be partly cloudy with a high of 28 degrees Celsius.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow will be the venue for the 3rd IPL match. The average 1st innings score at this venue from 6 T20Is is 160 runs. A 180-190 runs total will be a competitive and match-winning score for the team batting first in this match.
There have been only 6 T20Is at this venue so far and no domestic T20s whatsoever. Teams batting first have won 5 of the 6 T20Is on this ground. Both teams have a solid batting lineup that is capable of setting up a competitive target that the bowlers can defend successfully.
Though technically it is the home ground of LSG, they have never played a single game here before. There will be no clear advantage as far as the playing conditions are concerned. Both teams have a solid overall squad with some of the biggest names in T20 cricket. The few changes for this season are also quite promising. LSG have a deeper batting lineup, a better head-to-head record and a stronger middle order. They will start as favourites in our match prediction.
Our prediction is for Lucknow Super Giants to win
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