Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Delhi Capitals (DC) will take center stage in the third match of the Indian Premier League 2023 on Saturday, April 1 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. It will be the tournament opener for both Lucknow and Delhi and they would be eager to kick-start their campaign with a win.
Lucknow Super Giants will square off against Delhi Capitals in the third match of IPL 2023 on Saturday, April 1.
Unfortunately, the two teams would not be able to field their first-choice full-strength playing XI in the forthcoming game. LSG will miss the services of Quinton de Kock while DC will not have the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi due to national commitments.
On paper, the KL Rahul-led side appears to be a far more balanced side and thus, would back themselves to defeat a relatively depleted Delhi Capitals. However, David Warner & Co. still have many match-winners in their ranks and could give Lucknow a run for their money. Therefore, an exciting match is on the cards.
LSG vs DC Pitch Report:
The surface at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium tends to be on the slower side and batters would need to spend time in the middle to adjust to the pace of the wicket. Nine T20Is have been played at the venue and five games have been won by the side batting first. Therefore, the team that wins the toss in the coming encounter might be inclined towards setting up a target.
LSG vs DC Probable Playing XIs:
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG):
KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Jaydev Unadkat, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Delhi Capitals (DC):
David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Russouw Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed
LSG vs DC Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
KL Rahul has been a run-machine in the Indian Premier League and has amassed 3889 runs in 109 games at a strike rate of 136.22. The ace batter has all the shots in the book and it would not be a surprise if he puts up a batting masterclass in the clash against Delhi Capitals.
Probable best bowler
Kuldeep Yadav was Delhi’s strike force with the ball in the previous edition of the cash-rich league, bagging 21 wickets in 14 games. The Indian spinner would look to weave his magic in the encounter on Saturday and bamboozle LSG’s batters with his variations.
Today’s Match Prediction: Lucknow Super Giants to win the match