LSG vs CSK IPL 2023: Injury-hit Lucknow Super Giants host Chennai Super Kings Cricket News
The Lucknow dressing room will be a bit jittery against CSK, especially because their famous batting line-up failed to chase down a mammoth total of 126 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue on Monday.
Rahul had injured his right thigh during the match against RCB while Unadkat had tripped badly while bowling in the nets, causing him to fall badly on Sunday.
The extent of both the injuries is yet to be known but Rahul came out to bat at number 11 in LSG’s unsuccessful run chase, going three balls without scoring. His inclusion in the LSG squad for Wednesday’s match is doubtful.
Players like Kyle Mayer, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya have done well individually and collectively in the previous matches to keep the Lucknow franchise afloat, while skipper Rahul was at his best after hitting two half-centuries (74 against Punjab Kings). Have not been on display. 68 against Gujarat Titans).
The performance of LSG has skyrocketed this season. While on the one hand, he has given impressive performances that have become the envy of other sides, he also has a hidden self-destruct button somewhere that goes off on its own.
Their match against the Punjab Kings on April 28 was a reminder of what a team can collectively achieve, while their game against RCB on Monday was an example of how badly the team was chasing a target of 126. Can lose
257 for five against the Punjab Kings, which resulted in a 56-run win, had class and composure written all over it, including Mayer, Badoni, Stoinis, Pooran, Naveen-ul-Haq and Yash Thakur, while they collectively failed against rcb
Their weakness to succumb to pressure, especially with their skipper Rahul missing Wednesday due to a hip flexor muscle strain, could give the MS Dhoni-led CSK enough confidence to go on the offensive.
LSG can be placed in third place IPL standing with 10 points from nine matches but their morale after an 18-run loss to RCB could be dealt a blow by CSK, who are on 10 points from nine matches but fourth due to low net run rate (NRR) Are. ,
Although CSK have been losing to Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings on a regular basis, their ability to bounce back can never be underestimated.
With tactical acumen playing a key role in most of Dhoni’s victories this season, the former India skipper can take advantage of the situation, especially if Rahul doesn’t play on Wednesday.
CSK will once again lean heavily on their New Zealand opener Devon Conway, who has been in the form of his life, scoring 414 runs in nine matches at an average of 59.14 and a strike rate of 144.25.
It was unfortunate that CSK lost to Punjab, despite Conway scoring an unbeaten 92 at Chepauk to guide his team to 200 for four, only to see the total being changed on the last ball.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane are players with big match temperament and can fire on any given day, while Sri Lankan duo of Mahesh Thikshana and Mathisha Pathirana have been potent weapons in CSK’s bowling armoury, not forgetting Moeen Ali and Jadeja Needed .
A lot will depend on who leads the LSG on the field on Wednesday. RCB felt Rahul’s absence for a major part of the game against RCB on Monday and if he sits out on Wednesday, CSK can take advantage of the same situation.
(with agency inputs)