PBKS vs LSG IPL 2023: Lucknow Super Giants Visit Punjab Kings With KL Rahul. cricket news
eyes once again KL RahulJo has not been able to score at the pace he is known for, which has again put his batting form under question, especially after LSG failed to chase down 136 against Gujarat Titans on Saturday. Afterwards.
Rahul has a strike rate of 113.91 in the competition so far and he can definitely do better on that front.
Though the season is yet to see a 200 at the PCA Stadium, the pitch here should be more batsman-friendly than the 22 yards in Lucknow.
The absence of pacer Mark Wood, who hasn’t played since April 15 due to illness, has weakened the LSG attack considerably and the team will wish for his early return. Wood still remains their leading wicket-taker despite missing three matches.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings would like to get back to winning ways at home after a couple of defeats. Full-time skipper Shikhar Dhawan has missed the last three matches due to a shoulder injury but could make a comeback in the LSG match.
A team source said, “He is recovering well and could be back in action tomorrow.”
Punjab Kings, who have been guilty of throwing it away in the past, are making a conscious effort to step up their game as the tournament progresses.
In the top order, Prabhsimran Singh and Matthew Short need more time in the middle order while the dangerous Liam Livingstone is yet to find his rhythm after two matches.
Stand in captain Sam Curran against Mumbai Indians showed why Punjab paid Rs 18.5 crore for his services and his contribution with both bat and ball is vital to the team.
Arshdeep Singh has been brilliant with both the new and the old ball, while the team will be hard-pressed to choose between Nathan Ellis and Kagiso Rabada, who have played only a few matches so far.
Even more is expected of leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the middle overs as he has managed only two wickets in seven matches.
(with agency inputs)