IPL 2022: It is the first match of the double header on Saturday. The new franchise, the Lucknow Super Giants, will lock horns with the five-time champions, the Mumbai Indians. This match will feature the current Indian skipper and the current vice-captain (white-ball) of the international team. So it makes it more interesting for the fans. The current leader will be up against the possible future leader.
KL Rahul has led his team exceptionally well so far in their IPL debut season. LSG has won their three matches out of five they have played. On the other hand, MI has had a horrible start so far. They are the only team that hasn’t won a single match so far. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
TATA IPL 2022: LSG vs MI: Match Preview and Prediction
The Mumbai-based franchise has struggled so far this season and, as a result, they are sitting at the bottom of the points table. They have lost all their matches so far and are looking for their first win this season. However, they had a close game against PBKS in the last match but ended up losing the match by 12 runs. Some of the few positives were Dewald Brevis, Tilak Verma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Bumrah. So they just need to focus more and regroup themselves to move from this phrase.
They are the champion side and have done it in the past. So bowling is the biggest concern that needs to be addressed soon before it gets too late. The batting is looking good, but the skipper needs to take more responsibility to score some big runs. The team might see a few changes, especially in the bowling department.
Probably XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (Wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Fabien Allen, Jaydev Unadkat, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi.
Lucknow Super Giants
KL Rahul and his men have played a good brand of cricket in their debut season. The team has won three matches consecutively but lost the last match by 3 runs. However, it was a very close game that could have gone their way. Now they are up against a team who are eagerly looking for their first win. So, as per the current form, LSG holds an edge over MI. The batting department has gotten stronger after the return of Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
On paper, LSG is one of the most settled teams because of the availability of 4-5 all-rounders in the team, giving the skipper enough options. They have batters all the way up to number nine. So that’s what makes them a strong unit. The team is more likely to be the same as in the last match against RR.
Probably XI: KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan.
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The Braboune Stadium is a high-scoring ground. The average score here is around 175+. But it provides help to everyone. The pacer will get help at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can trust the bounce and play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be the another factor for the win.
IPL 2022: LSG vs MI: Players to watch out for
Quinton de Kock has been in prime form this season. He has given LSG the all-important start every now and then. That’s the reason he is their highest run-scorer in the tournament. The left-handet has scored 188 runs in five innings at an average and strike rate of 37.60 and 132.39. He holds the key to Lucknow’s batting.
Avesh Khan has been phenomenal for the Lucknow team so far this season. The young pacer has led the pace bowling attack. He has taken 8 wickets in five matches at a decent average of 19.75. He is good on the power-play and can control the scoring rate at the end as well.
Suryakumar Yadav has played a vital role for MI over the years. And this season as well, since his return to the team, he has scored consecutive runs. Suryakumar has played three innings and has already scored 163 runs, including two half-centuries. He has also scored runs at an average and strike rate of 81.5 and 58.25.
Murugan Ashwin is doing well in the Mumbai kit this season. But he needs to be more consistent as he is the only spinner in the playing XI. He has also taken a few wickets in this competition, but being a leg-spinner, you always have a chance to take wickets.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: KL Rahul (LSG), Quinton de Kock (LSG), Ishan Kishan (MI)
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (MI), Suryakumar Yadav (MI), Deepak Hooda (LSG)
All-rounders: Dewald Brevis (MI)
Bowlers: Jaydev Unadkat (MI), Ravi Bishnoi (LSG), Avesh Khan (LSG)
Tips: KL Rahul will be the captain of the team. Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain. Both teams are batting heavily, but MI has played their previous matches on this pitch before. So we will back MI to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.