Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 43rd match of the Indian Premier League 2023. This match will be played at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Royal Challengers Bangalore are fifth in the points table with 4 wins and as many losses in 8 matches. They lost their previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders by 21 runs. They have been inconsistent throughout the season and their batters apart from Kohli, du plessis and Maxwell have failed to make an impact and the bowling department has also looked vulnerable especially at the death. RCB will be keen to put up an improved performance in this match and solidify their position in the table.
On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants are third in the points table with 5 wins and 3 losses in 8 matches. They won their previous match against Punjab Kings by 56 runs. Stoinis and Mayers were the star of the show helping them post a mammoth score of 257. They will be high on confidence coming into this game. The last time these two sides met earlier this season it was the Lucknow Super Giants who came out on top as they beat RCB by 1 win. That was a thrilling last ball finish and once again we can expect these two sides to put up a very closely fought contest.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI
Lucknow Super Giants
KL Rahul(C), MP Stoinis, YS Thakur, Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, KH Pandya, A Badoni, Nicholas Pooran, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq
BENCH : Krishnappa Gowtham, Mark Wood, Jaydev Unadkat, DR Sams, A Mishra, PN Mankad, Q de Kock, Romario Shepherd, M Vohra, Karan Sharma, Swapnil Singh, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, AN Guleria
Royal Challengers Bangalore
BENCH : Anuj Rawat, WD Parnell, KV Sharma, Akash Deep, Michael Bracewell, R Sonu Yadav, RM Patidar, Finn Allen, Avinash Singh, Rajan Kumar, M Bhandage, Josh Hazlewood, S Kaul, RJW Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Vijaykumar Vyshak, WG Jacks
The surface here will help the spinners and the bounce will be uneven which means batting might be challenging as the ball gets older. Both teams will prefer chasing at this venue.