The second match of the week will see the top two teams of the IPL 2022 face off in an epic battle in Pune. Gujarat Titans (GT) take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and both teams will look to win this game and confirm the playoff berth.
Both teams are sitting on 16 points from their 11 games but LSG are on top by virtue of a better net run rate. Meanwhile, GT are having a late-season tumble as they have lost their last two games and these are worrying signs for the team that won eight out of their first nine games.
Skipper Hardik Pandya’s form in the second half of the season has also been a concern and he hasn’t been bowling at all since the first few games which is a cause of concern for the franchise. Mohammed Shami has also been taken to the cleaners in the last two fixtures.
Lucknow, on the other hand, have match-winners all-around their side and someone or the other has stepped up for them. Lucknow have won their last four games and are coming on the back of a massive 75 run smashing of Kolkata Knight Riders. Their bowlers were on fire that day and the franchise would be hoping for a similar display against Gujarat Titans.
Match 57: Gujarat Titans (GT) vs Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Date and Time: 10th May, 2022 at 7:30 P.M IST
In matches, leading up to this one, it has been seen that the pitch at the MCA Stadium in Pune is helpful for the bowlers if they bowl the required line and length and at the same time, batters can also utilize the bounce in the wicket to the best of their abilities to try and score as many runs as possible.
Predicted Playing XI
Gujarat Titans (GT): Wriddhiman Saha(WK), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(C), Sai Sudarshan, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Alzaari Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG): KL Rahul (C), Quinton De Kock (WK), Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushan Chameera
The form suggests that LSG would win the tie as they have won their last four games consecutively. But this GT side is not one to back down without giving a fight. An exciting encounter is on the cards, however, Gujarat are expected to bounce off the blocks and make it two of two against the Super Giants.
Betway has also placed their odds in favour of Hardik Pandya and Co. at 1.95 to win the game.
LSG vs GT – Fantasy Team Predictions
Fantasy Team 1: KL Rahul (C), Quinton De Kock, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Deepak Hooda, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (VC), Mohammed Shami, Dushan Chameera, Avesh Khan, Rashid Khan
Fantasy Team 2: KL Rahul (VC), Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill (C), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Ayush Badoni, Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya, Lockie Ferguson, Rashid Khan