Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will be hosting the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 45th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. Both teams have played 9 games so far this season. LSG has won 5 of their 8 matches so far and is placed third on the points table. They have gathered 10 points to their tally and a net run rate of +0.639.
On the other hand, CSK have won 5 of their 9 games so far, and are placed 4th on the points table. They have 10 points under their belt with a net run rate of +0.329. At Ekana Stadium, the surface often helps the spin bowlers, and batting becomes more challenging as the game progresses. As a result, it is likely that the team winning the toss will choose to bat first.
These two teams have played 2 games against each other so far in the history of IPL, where Chennai won 1 match while Lucknow also won one. Another excellent contest is anticipated here between these two teams. Another enthralling game can be expected between the two teams on Wednesday.
Here are the 3 crucial player matchups:
#1 Kyle Mayers vs Moeen Ali
Kyle Mayers has been in sensational form for LSG this season. He likes to score quickly in the Powerplay and to restrict that, MS Dhoni may unleash Moeen Ali. Moeen dismissed him in the reverse fixture and would like to replicate that. He has dismissed him twice in three T20 outings. But Mayers played a decent knock of 25 runs at a strike rate of 147.05 against him.
#2 Nicholas Pooran vs Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has taken as many as 13 wickets this season and improved his bowling a lot. But he will be tested against Nicholas Pooran, who has a positive matchup against him. Pooran has amassed 42 runs in 20 deliveries against him (SR: 210) across four IPL meetings. Jadeja has dismissed him only once. The WI dasher strikes at 154.92 against the Southpaw spinners in the IPL.
#3 Devon Conway vs Ravi Bishnoi
Devon Conway is in sublime form for LSG in IPL 2023. Considering the pitch, LSG may unleash Ravi Bishnoi in the powerplay overs. Conway has just faced just a couple of deliveries of Bishnoi in the IPL. However, he owns a strike rate of 129.56 against left-arm spinners in T20s. He averages 49.66 against them. Meanwhile, Bishnoi has took 21 wickets in 41 IPL innings against left-handed batters (average: 20.90).