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Player availability an issue as Super Giants and Capitals get their campaigns on the road

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After a formidable inaugural season the place they made it to the playoffs, Lucknow Super Giants will play at their residence floor for the primary time, with the IPL returning to the custom home-and-away format.

Last yr, Super Giants’ center order regarded brittle at occasions, so on the public sale, they purchased Nicholas Pooran. How a lot they worth his batting is evident from the worth they paid – INR 16 crore (USD 1.95 million approx.) – for him regardless of already having two wicketkeeping choices in KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock of their first-choice XI.

Super Giants’ squad is brimming with allrounders, which is an enormous benefit. However, left-arm fast Mohsin Khan’s shoulder injury, in head coach Andy Flower’s phrases, is “a blow” for the workforce. Moreover, Flower is just not anticipating him to be obtainable in any respect this season.

Delhi Capitals are with out their common captain, Rishabh Pant, this yr. But in David Warner, they’ve a pacesetter who has received the IPL beforehand, in 2016 with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Prithvi Shaw and Mitchell Marsh‘s batting kind additionally bode effectively for them. In reality, Marsh is predicted to bowl as effectively this season.

While Capitals nonetheless lack a real allrounder, their head coach Ricky Ponting is assured the Impact Player rule will assist them plug that hole.

Team information

Super Giants will probably be with out de Kock, who will be a part of the squad on April 3, after South Africa’s ODI collection towards Netherlands is over.

Capitals’ South African gamers – Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi – will miss Saturday’s match too. There’s no official replace on Mustafizur Rahman‘s availability. He was rested for the third and closing T20I towards Ireland on Friday.

Toss and Impact Player technique

Lucknow Super Giants
Super Giants might begin with three abroad gamers, no matter whether or not they bat first or bowl. If they bat first, their three abroad gamers might be Kyle Mayers, Pooran and Marcus Stoinis. In the second innings, Mark Wood can are available as an Impact Player for a batter, say Ayush Badoni.

Probable bat-first XI: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Kyle Mayers, 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Ayush Badoni, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Prerak Mankad, 9 Jaydev Unadkat, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Ravi Bishnoi

If they bowl first, they may begin with Mayers, Stoinis and Wood, with Pooran changing Wood within the chase.

Probable bowl-first XI: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Kyle Mayers, 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Ayush Badoni, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Prerak Mankad, 8 Jaydev Unadkat, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Ravi Bishnoi

Delhi Capitals
In Pant’s absence, Sarfaraz Khan is more likely to maintain wicket. He had donned the large gloves in three matches through the newest Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as effectively.

If Mustafizur is just not obtainable, it weakens Capitals’ loss of life bowling. To counter that, they could beef up their batting by having 4 abroad batters of their XI. Ishant Sharma might be the Impact Player and substitute Shaw once they bowl.

Probable bat-first XI: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Rilee Rossouw, 5 Sarfaraz Khan (wk), 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Aman Khan/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Chetan Sakariya, 11 Khaleel Ahmed

If they’re bowling first, Ishant begins, with Shaw changing him within the chase.

Probable bowl-first XI: 1 David Warner (capt), 2 Mitchell Marsh, 3 Rilee Rossouw, 4 Sarfaraz Khan (wk), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Axar Patel, 7 Aman Khan/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Chetan Sakariya, 10 Khaleel Ahmed, 11 Ishant Sharma

But if Mustafizur is on the market, Ishant sits out, and Lalit Yadav replaces Powell. In that state of affairs, Mustafizur might share the Impact Player position with Shaw. That, although, would additionally imply three left-arm seamers within the aspect, to go together with two left-arm spinners.

Stats that matter

  • Since the beginning of 2021, Rahul’s powerplay strike fee within the IPL is simply 109.73. He picks up because the innings progresses, scoring at 149.09 within the center part and 207.14 on the loss of life.
  • In the identical time interval, Rahul hasn’t been in a position to rating freely towards left-arm fingerspinners: a strike fee of 111.46 regardless that he has a wholesome common of 35.00. Capitals can use Axar Patel to tie him down. Against Axar, Rahul has managed solely 22 runs off 34 balls whereas getting out twice.
  • In distinction, Pooran has smashed Axar for 30 runs off nine balls with none dismissals. Pooran may be equally harmful towards tempo as effectively. In reality, he’s one among solely three batters in IPL historical past with 200-plus runs at a strike fee of above 150 towards each tempo and spin. Andre Russell and Virender Sehwag are the opposite two.
  • In T20 cricket, Ravi Bishnoi has dismissed Warner three times in six balls. He has had the higher of Powell too: four dismissals in 34 balls for 28 runs.

Pitch and circumstances

Lucknow has hosted six T20Is thus far – groups batting first have received 5 of these. The solely time a chasing workforce received, Hardik Pandya referred to as the pitch “a shocker“. In that game, New Zealand scored 99 for 8 batting first, and India chased it down on the penultimate ball of the match. During the 2022-23 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Lucknow had hosted 14 video games. Teams struggled to submit huge totals then as effectively.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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