Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are eager to regain momentum after a high-scoring loss to Chennai Super Kings, as they prepare to face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 10th match of IPL 2023. The clash will take place on Friday, April 7 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
LSG, led by KL Rahul, won their first match against Delhi Capitals by a massive 50 runs but stumbled in their subsequent game against CSK. Currently sitting fifth on the points table, LSG will look to capitalize on their home advantage.
SRH, however, have had a rocky start to the tournament, suffering a crushing 72-run defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals. Struggling with poor form and languishing at the bottom of the table, SRH will need a complete turnaround to challenge LSG in this crucial match.
Both teams are set to receive a boost as key players return to the fold. LSG will welcome South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, while SRH will see the return of skipper Aiden Markram, wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, and fast bowler Marco Jansen.
LSG’s Caribbean duo, Kyle Mayers and Nicholas Pooran, have been in scintillating form, showcasing their prowess in the team’s previous matches. The bowling department will rely heavily on England fast bowler Mark Wood, who has already bagged eight wickets in two matches.
For SRH, a lot depends on the returning South African trio, as well as the team’s ability to bounce back from their dismal performance against Rajasthan Royals. The Orange Army’s batting lineup will need a complete overhaul to stand a chance against LSG’s potent bowling attack.
The pitch at the Ekana Cricket Stadium is known to favor pace bowlers, thanks to its black soil composition. Spinners, however, can still make an impact, as demonstrated by Ravi Bishnoi in LSG’s match against Delhi Capitals. Batsmen will need to be patient and focus on spending time in the middle before attempting big shots. Teams winning the toss should consider batting first, as anything around 170 runs could be a competitive total on this pitch.
As LSG and SRH lock horns in this exciting encounter, both teams will be looking to put their recent setbacks behind them and secure a much-needed victory.