The 57th match of IPL 2022 between the newbie franchises of Lucknow and Gujarat will be a contest to top the table towards the end of first round.
There is no doubt about the fact that both new teams have played way beyond the expectations of fans and experts.
Not to mention the fact that it is always a tough spot for a new T20 team to make its name in arguably the most competitive league of the world.
But Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans have been brilliant to say the least.
It would be a safe bet to conclude that both teams have already enough wins to qualify for the play-offs.
However, neither of them would want to lose the momentum going into the knockout stage. Specially Lucknow, who are coming to this match on the back of 4 consecutive wins.
Gujarat, on the other hand, faced minor bumps in their campaign when they lost 2 back to back games.
A win in this match will cement the place of either one of them in the play-offs.
Gujarat will very much likely to keep their hopes high of finishing in the top 2.
Their losses against Mumbai and Punjab did brought some positives.
Shubman Gill and Captain Hardik seem to be regaining their dried form which will be a key moment for Titans.
Besides, Titans have some of the great match winners in the form of Rashid Khan, David Miller and Tewatia who have steered their campaign with great skills so far.
Moving onto play-offs, Titans will be heavily looking towards its key players including Gill and Hardik to bounce back and lead the team to their debut title.
Super Giants will be feeling might confident in their skin with 4 consecutive victories.
Their flawless momentum has been due to a well-balanced squad they have maintained and the discipline with which they have executed their plans.
The addition of Mohsin Khan has further strengthened their bowling unit along with Jason Holder, Avesh and Chameera.
Their batting has been one of the finest unit this season with KL Rahul leading the charge.
KL has scored 451 runs so far, the most by any Lucknow player with a heavy strike rate of 145.
Venue: Maharashtra CA Stadium, Pune
Date: 10th May 2022
Time: 7:30 pm IST
Head to head past record:
The debutant sides of this year’s IPL Lucknow Super Giants and Gujrat Titans have only played 1 match against each other. Gujarat won that game.
Probable Playing 11 – Lucknow Super Giants:
Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (capt), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan/K Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi
Probable Playing 11 – Gujarat Titans:
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), B Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (capt), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Pradeep Sangwan
Star bowler of the match:
Star batsman of the match:
Who will win?
It would not be wrong to term this match as ‘Clash of the Titans’ as both teams are in their prime form and will stop at nothing to claim their debut title in their inaugural season.
Titans will look to bounce back after couple of defeats.
Shami and Rashid Khan will be their key to rattle Lucknow’s batting strength.
While Lucknow will clearly hope to make 5 wins on the trot and end the table as toppers.