CSK look to go near the top
- Chennai have lost their last two matches.
- Lucknow have alternated between wins and losses for a long streak now.
Lucknow come off the back of a thumping loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, one that scuffed up their tournament progress and downgraded their morale after the on-field tiff between their head coach Gautam Gambhir and RCB’s Virat Kohli. Can they make redemption? Lucknow Super Giants have odds of 2.03 to beat Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai, meanwhile, have moved down to fourth position in the table after two successive losses to Rajasthan and Punjab. They will want to start winning these tricky away games to get back into the top two. Chennai Super Kings have odds of 1.76 to beat Lucknow.
Head-to-head record, LSG v CSK
Lucknow have lost three consecutive home games and will want to beat Chennai to tun their poor form around. The overall record between these teams is tied at 1-1 with Chennai winning the earlier clash in 2023 at Chepauk between these sides by 12 runs.
The toss will be vital here as we saw in the match against RCB. The slow and low conditions make chasing difficult, especially given that both sides have quality spinners.
Based on current form, Lucknow might be ahead but the big loss to RCB and three successive losses at home have dented their campaign. Chennai have a win probability of 60% for this game.
The average score at the Ekana is around 160-165 but it has gone down this season with the pitch coming under scrutiny multiple times.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at the Ekana in Lucknow will aid spinners with sharp turn right from the first over. The conditions will only get difficult as the game progresses, making run-chasing quite an ask here.
Players to keep an eye on…
CSK Predicted playing XI:
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande, Akash Singh, Matheesha Pathirana
LSG Predicted playing XI:
Kyle Mayers, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Krishnappa Gowtham, Naveen ul Haq, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur
Moeen Ali: Moeen Ali took four wickets against Lucknow when these two sides met earlier this season. He will be a key player, especially if the surface offers as much turn as the RCB game.
Krunal Pandya: Krunal Pandya didn’t arrive at the party against RCB but remains Lucknow’s best bowler in these conditions. Overall he has 7 wickets against Chennai in 10 games.
IPL 2023, Match 45 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Chennai Super Kings will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
LSG v CSK Betting tips
Apart from betting on Chennai to win the match, check our other recommended bet about Chennai’s best bowler.
Matheesha Pathirana has been a nightmare for batters in the death overs and the CSK speedster will be a good bowler to back on this slow and low surface. Back Pathirana at 5.36 to be Chennai’s top bowler!