Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Both LSG and GT have played 2 matches each at this venue and have won them. In the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, LSG’s batters had a great outing as they managed to pile up over 170 runs.
In the second innings, the bowlers didn’t allow KKR batters to settle in and helped the team win by a huge margin of 75 runs. The pitch is expected to behave in a similar manner and batting first might be a good choice here. Spinners might play a key role in this match.
Lucknow Super Giants
Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami
In 10 matches, Hardik Pandya has made 333 runs at an average of 41.62 and a strike rate of 134.27 including 3 half-centuries. He has not been able to make a decent score in the last 4 matches and would be expected to play a key role for GT in this game.
He was dismissed for a duck in the last game against KKR and it was the second duck for him this season. After his first duck, Rahul went on to score a century in the next game. He might be looking to play similar innings in this match.