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IPL 2024: Match 39 (CSK vs LSG) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Apr 23, 2024 12:35 pm
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The 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) heats up as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lock horns with the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their second meeting of the season. This match, scheduled for April 23rd at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, promises to be a high-octane encounter as CSK seeks revenge for their eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of LSG in their previous clash.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran 

Despite the recent loss, CSK maintains a narrow lead over LSG in the points table due to their superior net run rate. Both teams have eight points after seven matches, highlighting the intense competition in the league.

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Historically, the head-to-head record favors LSG with two wins from their four encounters against CSK, with one match ending in a draw. This match presents an opportunity for CSK to rewrite the narrative and establish their dominance at their home ground.

Here are three key player battles to watch out for in this highly anticipated match:

#1 Shivam Dube vs Ravi Bishnoi

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube

Shivam Dube, CSK’s consistent middle-order batsman, boasts immense power to clear the boundaries, especially against spin bowling. However, in their previous encounter, Marcus Stoinis dismissed Dube early, preventing him from unleashing his devastating hitting potential. This time around, Dube is likely to face a challenge from LSG’s young spinner Ravi Bishnoi. While Bishnoi has dismissed Dube once in their four IPL meetings, the southpaw maintains a healthy strike rate of 157.14 against him. This battle will be a fascinating display of brute force versus strategic spin bowling.

#2 Marcus Stoinis vs Ravindra Jadeja

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis

LSG’s all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has struggled to find his batting rhythm this season, barring his impressive 58-run knock against the Gujarat Titans (GT). His struggles are particularly evident against spin bowling, having lost his wicket to spinners five times in his six innings so far.

CSK, aware of this weakness, will undoubtedly deploy their star spinner Ravindra Jadeja to exploit this chink in Stoinis’ armor during the middle overs. Jadeja’s impressive record against Stoinis, having dismissed him twice in 15 deliveries while conceding only 24 runs, adds another layer of intrigue to this matchup. The Chepauk pitch, known to be slightly spin-friendly, could further tilt the balance in Jadeja’s favor.

#3 Matheesha Pathirana vs Nicholas Pooran

Matheesha Pathirana
Matheesha Pathirana 

Nicholas Pooran, the swashbuckling Caribbean batsman from LSG, is a player CSK needs to keep in check. His ability to single-handedly turn the tide of the match, especially in the final overs, poses a significant threat. While Pooran doesn’t boast the best record at the Chepauk, his destructive strike rate of 168.00 demands respect.

CSK has a secret weapon in their arsenal – the young Sri Lankan pacer Matheesha Pathirana. Pathirana’s right-arm pace will be crucial in the death overs, where Pooran typically thrives. This face-off is likely to be a thrilling battle between experience and youthful exuberance, as Pooran has only faced Pathirana once, scoring eight runs off eight deliveries.