LSG had a torrid start to their IPL 2022 campaign, losing skipper Rahul first ball to Mohammed Shami. Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis and Manish Pandey also struggled as LSG found themselves in massive trouble at 29 for 4. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni came up with excellent counter-attacking half-centuries to lift the team past 150, which looked a competitive total at the halfway stage.
Lucknow’s bowlers, however, could not defend the total as Gujarat clinched victory in the last over. Rahul’s captaincy in the match was rather bizarre. Dushmantha Chameera, who had claimed two wickets and was the best bowler for the team, did not complete his quota. The skipper used spinners Deepak Hooda and Ravi Bishnoi at the end and paid the price for the same. Despite the loss, do not expect any significant changes in the playing XI.
LSG’s predicted XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Like Lucknow, Chennai also suffered because they got off to a bad start with the bat. Ruturaj Gaikwad perished cheaply as did Devon Conway and Robin Uthappa. The good news for the franchise is that Moeen Ali is likely to be available for the game and he will strengthen both the batting and bowling.
Similar to LSG, CSK’s new skipper Ravindra Jadeja will also be under some pressure. He looked out of sorts with the willow and did not have much of an impact with the ball as well against KKR. Considering that he has taken over from MS Dhoni, there will be huge expectations from the all-rounder to deliver the goods.
CSK predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande, Adam Milne
Top fantasy picks for LSG vs CSK clash: KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja
--Renin Wilben Albert