In less than 48 hours, the Lucknow Super Giants will play their second home game because of unrelated events in the host city, the game has been postponed. In match number 46 of the IPL 2023, they will host the Chennai Super Kings at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. It’s possible that the visiting team will gain an advantage due to Lucknow’s slow pace.
CSK has enjoyed success in Chennai’s low-speed lanes for many years. The hardest of the IPL 2023 stadiums has been the Ekana Stadium. The home team struggled to keep up with a 135-point score at this location.
The last time these two teams played, it was a high-scoring affair, so this game will be a marked change from that. CSK recently passed LSG to take the lead in a contest of boundary-hitting. These two sides will engage in what looks to be an exciting contest as a battle of intellects.
Let’s look at the key player’s battle:
1. Tushar Deshpande vs Kyle Mayers
One of the unexpected IPL stories so far has been the West Indian. Until Quinton De Kock shows up, Kyle Mayers will likely play, as was widely anticipated. The left-handed pitcher, however, has been such a revelation that he has forced QDK to the sidelines. Whenever Mayers has given LSG a strong start, they have experienced success.
When he faces one of the IPL’s less skilled new ball bowling attacks, he will try to repeat the same strategy. However, Tushar Deshpande plans to surprise Mayers by making use of this aspect. The right-arm seamer has improved and now actually takes wickets. Their preliminary competition will serve as the foundation for this competition.
2. Marcus Stoinis vs Ravindra Jadeja
This season, the Australian all-around player has largely gone unnoticed. However, Marcus Stoinis is having one of his best IPL seasons in 2023. Because he is batting first, he has the chance to show off his batting prowess more. Stoinis’ ability to start playing from the first ball is invaluable. He has improved his technique against spin, which helps him win matchups. To counteract the influence of Ravindra Jadeja in this game, LSG will rely on Stoinis.
When playing against right-handers, the left-arm spinner frequently succeeds. Jadeja will be content with the circumstances in Lucknow. With his line and lengths, he will continue to test LSG batters. The onus will be on Stoinis and co to make Jadeja drift from his plans.
3. Ravi Bishnoi/Krunal Pandya vs Shivam Dube
Few people would have predicted that Shivam Dube would be the key component of CSK’s spin defence. The tall left-hander has been in brutal form this season. He has a game that can counter any kind of spin. In the game against LSG in Lucknow, where spinners are anticipated to have a bigger say, Dube will be essential to CSK’s strategies.
The spin duo of Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi are dominating the proceedings against the opposition. If they encounter someone like Shivam Dube, however, that might not be the case.
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