Punjab have lost two on the trot
- Ekana pitch perfect for spinners.
- Lucknow’s spin trio in focus on rank turner.
Lucknow will bank on Ravi Bishnoi and Krunal Pandya with the added experience of Amit Mishra to topple Punjab Kings on what is expected to be a track favouring spinners. Lucknow Super Giants have odds of 1.78 to beat Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings, meanwhile, have had a mixed season so far with two wins and two losses. They have lost two back-to-back and will come into completely alien conditions in Lucknow with their spinners, who haven’t had a great season so far, needed to do a big job. Punjab Kings have odds of 2.01 to beat Lucknow Super Giants.
Head-to-head record, LSG v PBKS
These teams have played each other just once with Lucknow winning the only match between these two teams last year. That these teams aren’t too familiar with each other only adds to the intrigue with the venue itself posing a major challenge.
At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, the team winning the toss may choose to bat first, given the slower nature of the wicket. Lucknow Super Giants, with odds of 1.90, might choose to bat first if they win the toss.
Punjab Kings are considered to be a strong team this year with good depth in both batting and bowling. Lucknow Super Giants, however, are very strong at home and will look to make their home ground advantage count. They have odds of 1.78 to win the game.
The average score at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium is around 160 for teams batting first and around 140 for teams chasing in the IPL. The pitch is known to be on the slower side, which could make run-scoring difficult.
Pitch and Conditions
The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium pitch is usually on the slower side and could assist spin bowlers. The hot and humid weather conditions could also result in dew forming on the ground, making it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball in the second innings.
Players to keep an eye on…
LSG Predicted playing XI:
KL Rahul (c), Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Nicholas Pooran(wk), Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra.
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Jitesh Sharma(wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada
KL Rahul: On a slow batting wicket, KL Rahul becomes a big player for Lucknow Super Giants and his role of anchoring could be super important if Lucknow are to put up a good total on board..
Shikhar Dhawan: One of the top run-scorers of the season, Shikhar Dhawan has been in fine form and has marshaled the batting innings for Punjab in the games so far. He’ll need to do more of the same on a difficult pitch.
IPL 2023, Match 21 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Lucknow Super Giants will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
LSG v PBKS Betting tips
Apart from betting on LSG to win the match, check our other recommended bet about LSG’s top batter:
KL Rahul is yet to go big this season, but has started to find form in the last couple of matches. Expect him to go big this game against his former team. Back KL Rahul at 2.74 to be Lucknow’s top batter!