Date: May 1, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
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Lucknow Super Giants will go head-to-head against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the match 43 of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. The hosts, LSG will be very high on confidence going into their upcoming encounter on the back of scoring the second highest total in IPL history. On the other hand, RCB suffered a tough loss at home wherein their batters found it hard to chase down a target of 200. Even though both sides are in contrasting form, Super Giants have to be wary of the threat posed Royal Challengers on a pitch in Lucknow which doesn’t allow ease of stroke-play to the batters.
IPL 2023 is the first-ever season of the tournament at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, wherein the bowlers have found great success in the last few matches. The average first innings score at this venue is 152, which might continue in the upcoming contest between LSG and RCB.
Lucknow Super Giants
In their previous outing, Lucknow Super Giants achieved a massive 56-run win against Punjab Kings after putting up a big total of 257/5 in their batting innings. The likes of Kyle Mayers, Ayush Badoni, and Marcus Stoinis got runs at double quick time for LSG. Meanwhile, the bowlers for Lucknow took wickets at consistent intervals with youngster Yash Thakur stepping up alongside Naveen Ul-Haq and Ravi Bishnoi.
SportsTiger Playing XI of LSG
KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Ayush Badoni, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Naveen Ul-Haq, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Yash Thakur (Potential Impact Substitute - Amit Mishra for Ayush Badoni)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The top order of Royal Challengers Bangalore, including the likes of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell have been putting up consistent scores. But the lack of runs from the middle order has been a factor in RCB not chasing down big totals in this edition of the IPL. The bowling attack of Royal Challengers has been led wonderfully by Mohammed Siraj alongside impactful performances from Wanindu Hasaranga, but they still need a lot more from the other bowlers in the team.
SportsTiger Playing XI of RCB
Virat Kohli (c), Faf Du Plessis, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Vijaykumar Vyshak, Mohammed Siraj (Potential Impact Substitute - Harshal Patel for Faf Du Plessis)
Lucknow Super Giants will have the advantage going into their upcoming fixture owing to better understanding of home pitches. But Royal Challengers Bangalore can be a tricky opponent for them, because they have the enough quality to put up a great performance on pitches that support their bowlers, especially the one provided at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
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