LSG and PBKS aim to get out of the middle muck
Both the Lucknow Super Giants and the Punjab Kings are stable. They are contradictory. They are mid-table teams like the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are only separated by Net Run Rate in a points table that is extremely competitive. Breaking out from the middle muddle is something that the Royals have the chance to do on Thursday (April 27), something that LSG and PBKS will aim to accomplish when they play each other on Friday (April 28). Both clubs, who have split their seven games evenly with four victories each, are anxiously trying to break free of this struggle and climb the Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings rankings.
Both teams have traveled to Mohali for their upcoming match after contrasting performances in their previous game; LSG blew a commanding lead at home to lose to GT in a low-scoring thriller, while PBKS kept their composure against Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring contest at the Wankhede Stadium. Both teams have traveled to Mohali for their upcoming match after contrasting performances in their previous game; LSG blew a commanding lead at home to lose to GT in a low-scoring thriller, while PBKS kept their composure against Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring contest at the Wankhede Stadium.
While one team could be concerned about their captain’s strong play, the other is in trouble without its injured captain, Shikhar Dhawan. In his absence, the native Indian batsmen Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, and Harpreet Bhatia have made useful contributions, but their batting is far from lethal, particularly given that the foreigners have yet to consistently outperform.
What time: 7:30 PM IST on Friday, April 28, 2023
Where: PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, the match between Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants
What to expect: Cloudy skies and a rather cold temperature are predicted. With the exception of the first game, in which PBKS dominated 191, the majority of other teams have recorded scores between 150 and 175 points.
Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada have missed the team’s last several games due to injuries or other commitments. The group has not yet updated the public on their availability.
Strategies and matchups: Kyle Mayers’ strike rate versus left-arm tempo this season is 87.88. Sam Curran and Arshdeep Singh are options for PBKS to use to keep the left-hander quiet during the powerplay.
Atharva Taide, Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Sam Curran (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, and Arshdeep Singh make up the probable XI.
Depending on the outcome of the toss, either Prabhsimran Singh or Arshdeep Singh could serve as the impact substitute.
Super Giants of Lucknow
Mark Wood has been out of the lineup for the last few games due to injury or incapacity. His injury status hasn’t received any updates from LSG yet.
Strategies and matchups: Nicholas Pooran has had great success batting at 189.38 against left-arm pacers. It should be entertaining to watch him compete in the death overs against Sam Curran and Arshdeep Singh.
Ayush Badoni, Naveen-ul-Haq, Shivam Mavi, Ravi Bishnoi, and Avesh Khan make up the probable XI along with KL Rahul (captain), Kyle Mayers/Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, and Nicholas Pooran (wk).
Depending on whether LSG chooses to bat or bowl first, K Gowtham or Amit Mishra may be substituted for Ayush Badoni.
Did you realize?
Quinton de Kock gets two fifty-scores in two IPL games in Mohali despite not having played a single game this year. At the location, he strikes at a rate of 162.32.