Th 58th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will be played between the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. It is the second match between the two teams this season. Earlier this season, LSG registered a comfortable 5-wicket win over SRH at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium.
It’ll be an important game for both teams in the race to the IPL 2023 playoffs. The Sunrisers Hyderabad can keep themselves alive in the tournament with a win against the Lucknow Super Giants. Meanwhile, LSG can inch a step closer to the playoffs if they complete the double over SRH in IPL 2023.
Here are three player matchups that could decide the fate of today’s IPL 2023 match in Hyderabad.
#1 T Natarajan vs Ayush Badoni
T Natarajan has bowled brilliantly in the death for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing edition of the IPL. He played a crucial role in his team’s win over the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Natarajan will hold the key to SRH’s success once again. On the other side, the Lucknow Super Giants will hope that their rising star Ayush Badoni continues his good form for the franchise.
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Badoni hit a brilliant fifty against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) a few days ago in Lucknow. It will be exciting to see who comes out on top in the battle between LSG’s finisher and SRH’s death-bowling specialist.
#2 Krunal Pandya vs Aiden Markram
Krunal Pandya and Aiden Markram will be leading their respective teams in the game. All eyes will be on the battle between Pandya, the bowler, and Markram, the batter. The last time these two players crossed paths in an IPL match was earlier this season in Lucknow. Pandya rattled Markram’s stumps on the first ball that he faced in IPL 2023. The LSG skipper will be keen to dismiss his SRH counterpart cheaply.
#3 Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Kyle Mayers
Kyle Mayers has been in fantastic touch in IPL 2023 for the Lucknow Super Giants. The left-handed batter has amassed 359 runs in 11 matches for the Lucknow-based franchise. He will have the onus of helping his team score another big total today. Meanwhile, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will hope that their new-ball expert, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismisses Mayers cheaply. Kumar has troubled the batters with his swing in the powerplay overs.