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Redemption priority as injury-plagued Lucknow super giants take on Chennai super kings

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face each other in Indian Premier League (IPL) match number 45 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday.

LSG beat Delhi Capitals (DC) by 50 runs then lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 12 runs but bounced back beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 5 wickets. They then beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 1 wicket but lost to Punjab Kings by 2 wickets. They then lost to Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 2 wickets, beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 10 runs and lost to Gujarata Titans (GT) by 7 runs but beat PBKS by 56 runs but lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 18 points. short.

CSK lost the tournament opener to Gujarat Titans by 5 wickets but bounced back at home with a 12 run win over Lucknow Super Giants. The four time IPL winners went on to beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets and lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 3 runs. In their last match, they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 8 points. They then beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 7 wickets and beat Kolkata KnightRider (KKR) by 49 runs but lost to Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 32 runs and Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 4 wickets.

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What: Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), IPL 2023 Match 45

When: May 3, Wednesday

Or: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Start time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Lucknow Super Giants News

KL Rahul suffered a right thigh injury in Monday’s game against RCB while Jaydev Unadkat slipped badly while playing at net which resulted in a bad fall on Sunday.

The extent of the two injuries has yet to be determined, but Rahul came out at bat at No.11 in LSG’s unsuccessful pursuit, facing three balls without opening an account. His inclusion in the LSG squad for Wednesday’s game is uncertain.

Players like Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya have contributed individually and collectively in previous matches to keep the Lucknow franchise afloat while skipper Rahul has not been at his best after the two half centuries (74 v Punjab Kings and 68 v Gujarat Titans).

LSG’s performances this season have evolved enormously. While on the one hand they gave impressive performance which became the envy of other sides, they also have a self-destruct button hidden somewhere, which turns off automatically.

Their game against the Punjab Kings on April 28 was a reminder of what the team can achieve collectively, while their game against RCB on Monday was an example of how a team could lose calamitously while chasing a tiny tally of 126.

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The 257 for five against the Punjab Kings, resulting in a 56-point win, had class and composure written all over it, with Mayers, Badoni, Stoinis, Pooran, Naveen-ul-Haq and Yash Thakur all taking part, so that they collectively failed against the RCB.

Their weakness in succumbing to the pressure, especially when their skipper Rahul might not be able to play on Wednesday due to a likely pulled hip flexor muscle, could give MS Dhoni-led CSK enough confidence to move on. on the offensive.

LSG may be third in the IPL table with 10 points from nine games, but the blow to their morale from the 18-point loss to RCB could be exploited by CSK, who also have 10 points from nine games but have fallen behind. ranked fourth due to a lower net run rate (NRR).

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Although CSK suffer back-to-back losses against Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings, their ability to bounce back can never be underestimated.

With Dhoni’s tactical acumen playing a vital role in most of their wins this season, the former India captain could exploit the situation, especially if Rahul doesn’t play on Wednesday.

CSK will again rely heavily on their New Zealand fly-half Devon Conway, who has been in the form of his life, scoring 414 points in nine games with an average of 59.14 and a strike rate of 144.25.

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It was bad luck that CSK lost to Punjab despite Conway breaking an unbeaten 92 at Chepauk to guide his team to 200 for four, only to see the total revised on the last ball.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane are players with great match temperament and can shoot any day, while the Sri Lankan duo of Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana have been potent weapons in the bowling arsenal of CSK, without forgetting Moeen Ali and Jadeja. .

It all depends on who leads LSG on the pitch on Wednesday. RCB felt Rahul’s absence for much of the game against RCB on Monday, and CSK can also exploit the same situation if he misses on Wednesday.

Full squads:

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c&w), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Amit Mishra, Nicholas Pooran (week), Naveen ul Haq, Ayush Badoni, Avesh Khan, Karan Sharma, Yudhvir Charak, Yash Thakur, Romario Shepherd, Mark Wood , Swapnil Singh, Manan Vohra, Daniel Sams, Prerak Mankad, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jaydev Unadkat, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Mayank Yadav.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c/wk), Akash Singh, Moeen Ali, Bhagath Varma, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Matheesha Pathirana, Dwaine Pretorius, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki, Ben Stokes, Maheesh Theekshana.

With PTI inputs

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