The Lucknow Super Giants have made a strong start to their first Indian Premier League season, even as the side began their campaign with a defeat. The Super Giants led by KL Rahul went into their opening game fighting against fellow debutants Gujarat Titans, and made a brilliant comeback in their second game against defending champions Chennai Super Kings; the side chased down a 211-run goal with three balls left to record his first IPL win. ,Follow IPL coverage,
The men of KL Rahul will aim to build on the momentum as they face the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who did not have the best start of the tournament. The Hyderabad franchise suffered a 61-run loss in its opening game against the Royals and the pressure will be on Kane Williamson and co. to make good.
If LSG prepared themselves on the field in their third game of the season, check out the likely XI.
KL Rahul (c) The LSG captain was fired on a golden duck in the side’s opening game against the Gujarat Titans. However, he went back to run-scoring against the CSK, scoring an important 40 on just 26 deliveries to give a blistering start to the side. Rahul took a more aggressive approach in the innings, and had also indicated in the post-match presentation that a strong midfielder could take him more risks; something that was missing when Rahul led the Punjab Kings last season.
Quinton de Kock (wk) The South African wicketkeeper batter produced an impressive performance against CSK, hitting 61 of 45 deliveries when he forged a 99-run partnership for the first wicket with Rahul. The opening tribune eventually built the base for Evin Lewis to switch gears in the middle overs, as LSG recorded a six-wicket win.
Manish Pandey The right-hander has not crossed double figures in either match so far, but LSG will likely stay with him as he has been a seasoned campaigner in the tournament and it may just be a matter of time before he gets in shape. During the match against CSK, Pandey came to the 99 runs between Rahul and De Kock, but could not take the innings forward as he was dismissed at 5.
Evin Lewis The hero of the previous match, Evin Lewis is a sure starter for the LSG in their match later tonight. Lewis hit an unbeaten 55 from just 23 deliveries as he led a stunning chase for the Super Giants against Ravindra Jadeja’s CSK. The Windies butcher hit six fours and three sixes in a blistering knock.
Deepak Hooda The all-rounder has made significant contributions for LSG in their first two matches so far. Hooda hit half a century (55) and also took a wicket in the opening match of LSG against GT, and while he only bowed one over in the CSK game, Hooda played a 13-run cameo of 8 balls in the run-chase .
Ayush Badoni The 22-year-old is well on his way to becoming the winner of the season in the Indian Premier League. In two innings so far, Badoni has scored 54 and 19 *, the latter coming in a winning case. Undeterred by the pressure of a high-scoring pursuit, Badoni hit a six and a four in the final win of the match to send LSG to victory.
Jason Holder After arriving late due to the West Indies Test series against England last month, Holder will likely replace Andrew Tye in the lineup as he is available for the match. In fact, Holder will make his first appearance for LSG against his old team, which he has represented the past two seasons.
Krunal Pandya This may or may not be their last playing XI, but one thing can not be disputed; LSG will be pleased with the depth they have in their batting lineup. Krunal can hit big sixes when needed, and can also build the game when needed. He did not get hit in the previous match and was also quite expensive with the ball, but the all-rounder remains one of the most important parts of the side.
Andrew Tye The Australian bowler is likely to retain his place in the XI, thanks to his two wickets in the match against CSK. He could have been expensive (2/40), but Tye bowled an impressive final over which he chose both wickets from Ravindra Jadeja and Dwaine Pretorius.
Avesh Khan The speedster returned figures of 2/38 in the last match against Chennai Super Kings, and grabbed the important wickets of Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube. He is the most expensive uncapped player in the history of the tournament, and with the performances he has shown in the past two games, there is no reason to doubt whether it would be worth the investment.
Ravi Bishnoi Bishnoi returned to his best in the match against Chennai Super Kings, as he recorded brilliant figures of 2/24 in four overs. The move becomes more important for Bishnoi, as the conditions during the course of the match were significantly difficult for spinners, with the dew factor making things more challenging.