Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Lucknow Super Giants in the 58th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Saturday, May 13 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
Lucknow Super Giants have had a mixed bag of a season so far, and things have taken a turn for the worse with the absence of their captain KL Rahul. They have won five matches out of 11 they played so far in the tournament, including one abandoned game against Chennai Super Kings and are currently sitting at fifth place on the points table with 11 points.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, has had a disappointing season thus far, with only four wins from their 10 games and six losses. They currently occupy the second-to-last spot on the points table, and this match is a must-win for them if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive. A loss here would make their chances of advancing very slim.
This marks the second meeting between these two teams in the current IPL season. The first encounter in Lucknow saw the Super Giants come out on top, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets. It will be intriguing to see if Sunrisers Hyderabad can turn the tables and avenge their previous defeat in this match.
Probable Playing XIs
Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Glenn Phillips, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Marco Jansen, Mayank Markande, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan.
Lucknow Super Giants:
Quinton de Kock, Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda/Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra.
The pitch at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium has been a good one for batting. However, recent matches have shown that it tends to become slower and more challenging to score on as the game progresses.
Since it's a day match, the team that wins the toss will likely choose to bat first and put a huge total on the board and defend it in the latter half of the game.
Pitch Stats [IPL 2023]
Average 1st innings score: 171
Average 2nd innings score: 153
Matches won by the team batting 1st: 4
Matches won by the team batting 2nd: 1
These two teams have met twice before, once in this season and once in the last, and on both occasions, Lucknow Super Giants emerged victorious. The head-to-head score between these two teams currently stands at 2-0 in favour of Lucknow Super Giants.
Form Update ( last 5 innings )
Quinton de Kock: The South African batter, who had been sitting out in the early matches of the season, has finally earned a place in the playing XI of Lucknow Super Giants. In the team's last match against Gujarat Titans, he showed why he's still one of the best openers around. Even as wickets tumbled at the other end, de Kock stood firm and hammered 70 runs off 41 deliveries.
Kyle Mayers: There's no denying the impact that Kyle Mayers has had on Lucknow Super Giants this season. He's been in absolutely scintillating form, providing his team with some breathtaking starts at the top of the order. With 359 runs from 11 matches at a strike rate of 152, he's been the leading run-scorer for the Super Giants this season, and one of the standout performers for them in the tournament so far.
Heinrich Klaasen: One player who has truly stood out for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season is Heinrich Klassen. The South African batter has been a rock in the middle order and has consistently performed for the team. With 215 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 185, Klassen is currently the leading run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ravi Bishnoi: With the surface at Rajiv Gandhi international Stadium likely to favour spinners, Ravi Bishnoi could prove to be a game-changer for the Lucknow Super Giants. Bishnoi has been in good form this season, having taken 12 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 7.92. He is definitely someone you should consider including in your fantasy team.
Mayank Markande: For Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mayank Markande is the go-to man for spin bowling, much like Ravi Bishnoi for Lucknow Super Giants. He has picked up 11 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 7.31 and will be keen to maintain his excellent form and continue to contribute to his team's success.