Match: Delhi vs Lucknow, Indian T20 League
Date: 1st May 2022
Time: 03:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
The Indian T20 League 2022 is in the midst of its most crucial weekend, with Delhi taking on a confident Lucknow in the 45th game. In the lead-up to this game, the Capitals defeated Kolkata. Lucknow easily defeated Punjab in a low-scoring contest.
Delhi’s consistency has been a problem. Except for a few batters, most of the other players have looked mediocre in most games. Moreover, their bowling attack lacks depth, which would concern the team. However, young players have risen to the occasion for Lucknow. A win would benefit both teams’ standings on the points table, and we anticipate a competitive game.
Rishabh Pant’s team defeated Kolkata by four wickets in their most recent game. The couple, on the other hand, has battled with consistency. This season, they haven’t won back-to-back games, which would concern the team’s administration. After losing to Lucknow earlier in the season, Pant will be looking for his key players to perform in this game and help the team climb the points table.
David Warner has played like a winner, and he’ll want to establish a solid first-wicket stand with Prithvi Shaw. Mitchell Marsh has failed to deliver on his promise, and the team would like him to work with Lalit Yadav and Pant to form combinations. The unit boasts solid hitters in Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, and Shardul Thakur, and they will have to contribute.
Their bowling has been inconsistent, but they played effectively against Kolkata in their most recent match. Mustafizur Rahman has been in great form recently, and he’ll need to strike early with Chetan Sakariya as they share the new ball. Kuldeep Yadav and Parthiv Patel are a good spin bowling duo, and the team will need them to perform well. However, Thakur’s form is concerning, and he must act if the group is to win.
KL Rahul’s side has a commanding lead on the points table after back-to-back victories. They performed an excellent job of defending a low total against Punjab in the previous game, winning by runs. Rahul wants to keep this momentum going and beat the Capitals again. A win today would move them closer to a playoff berth.
Given the form of the other players, the team would require a strong showing from Rahul and Quinton de Kock from the start. Deepak Hood and Krunal Pandya, and Marcus Stoinis must produce runs at a higher rate to anchor the middle order. The batting line-up of Jason Holder, Ayush Badoni, and Dushmantha Chameera is strong.
Their bowlers performed admirably under pressure in the last game, with Dushmantha Chameera and Mohsin Khan excelling with the new ball. In this game, they’ll have to do the same. Avesh Khan continues to excel, and his attack is well-balanced thanks to Ravi Bishnoi, Holder, and Pandya.
This season, Mumbai has seen multiple high-scoring matches and has consistently been one of the top batting wickets in the country. The batters will have an easier time here because of the park’s smaller size. Bowlers must be on the money to do well on this surface, and there is a tiny margin of error for them. On 1st May, the weather in Mumbai is forecast to be hot and humid. This season’s pitch has looked ideal for batting, and we expect hitters to have an easy time in this game. Bowlers have struggled in this match, and the team batting first will be looking for about 200 runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis/Evin Lewis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Keeper – Lokesh Rahul (C), Rishabh Pant
Batters – Prithvi Shaw, Evin Lewis, Rovman Powell
All-rounders – Deepak Hooda (VC), Jason Holder, Axar Patel
Bowlers – Avesh Khan, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav
Keeper – Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (C), Quinton de Kock
Batters – Prithvi Shaw, Rovman Powell, Manish Pandey
All-rounders – Deepak Hooda, Jason Holder (VC)
Bowlers – Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed
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