Lucknow Super Giants have impeccable balance in their team
- KL Rahul’s form crucial for Lucknow Super Giants
- Can Delhi Capitals replace the irresistible Rishabh Pant?
Delhi Capitals will be without regular skipper Rishabh Pant after his scary accident a few months back and it is a huge hit on their batting resources. They still pack quite a punch with the likes of Warner, Shaw, Powell, Rossouw and Sarfaraz in the mix. DC have odds of 1.84 to beat Lucknow Super Giants.
Lucknow Super Giants, meanwhile, have one of the best batting line-ups in the tournament. They will look to identify their best bowling attack to topple a strong Delhi side in Lucknow, where the pitch should be quicker early on. Lucknow Super Giants have odds of 1.92 to beat Delhi Capitals in their first game of IPL 2023.
Head-to-head record, LSG v DC
Lucknow won both matches against Delhi last season with one of those games going down to the wire. The record from one season is hardly a predictor, though, but with Delhi missing Pant for the season, LSG will have the upper hand.
Batting first is a favourable option at the venue with the pitch expected to slow down later on. KL Rahul will hope that LSG can win the toss at their home venue, odds of which are at 1.90, and put up a strong total on board.
Lucknow Super Giants have a good mix of experience and youth and a dynamic batting line-up. The bowling is slightly reliant on Mark Wood and Avesh Khan’s form, but if they hit their straps, Lucknow could be a strong title contender.
The conditions in Ekana are best suited to batting first. The average first innings score here is 154 with it going down to 143 batting second.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch is likely to be quick early on with some aid for the new ball bowlers, but in the second half it is expected to take turn although dew could mitigate it to an extent.
Players to keep an eye on…
LSG Predicted playing XI:
KL Rahul (c), Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Romario Shepherd, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan
DC Predicted playing XI:
Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Manish Pandey, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Axar Patel: With Rishabh Pant absent and Delhi in need of a left-hander up the order, Axar could get a promotion. His fine form in recent times for India could aid his case with Ricky Ponting highlighting Axar’s performances. He is also obviously expected to be a leading bowler for them.
KL Rahul: Rahul has had five successive seasons of making 500 runs or more in the IPL. While his strike-rate came into question last year, LSG have added enough firepower around him to allow him to play the anchor role.
IPL 2023, Match 3 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Lucknow Super Giants will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
LSG v DC Betting tips
Apart from betting on Lucknow to win the match, check our other recommended bet about Lucknow Super Giants’ top batter:
KL Rahul is the leading run-scorer in the IPL in the last three seasons and is expected to continue in the same vein of form. Back KL Rahul at 2.87 to be Lucknow Super Giants’ top batter!