Today’s first match of IPL 2023 is Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans (LSG vs GT). The host, having won 4 out of 6 matches, is currently ranked at the second position in the IPL standings. In the last match, they register a win against the table topper Rajasthan Royals, though a narrow win but still a confidence booster for LSG. On the other side, Hardik’s XI lost their last two games back to back. Though they are still positioned fourth in the standings, their confidence xan be considered on a lower side. A thriller is expected in this match as both teams would want to snatch away the points.
LSG vs GT : Match Details
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date : Saturday, April 22, 2023
Time : 3:30 PM IST
Watch Live on : Star Sports Network & JioCinema
LSG vs GT : Pitch Report
The wicket at Ekana Stadium is a slower one. Since it’s a Black soil pitch, it aids pacers with the new ball and provides better grip to turn the ball as the match progresses. Therefore, quite suitable for spinners. This will make it difficult for batters to score runs as seen in the last match here. Dew factor will affect the bowlers in the second innings.
A total of 3 matches have been played on this wicket. Out of this team batting first has won 2 games whereas chasers have won only once.
The toss winning team should opt to bat first.
LSG vs GT : Head to Head
Both teams have faced each other twice in IPL and both the times it was Gujarat Titans (GT) that dominated.
LSG vs GT : Team XI Prediction
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
- KL Rahul (C)
- Quinton de Kock
- Deepak Hooda
- Marcus Stoinis
- Krunal Pandya
- Nicholas Pooran (WK)
- Ayush Badoni
- Avesh Khan
- Yudhvir Singh Charak
- Ravi Bishnoi
Gujarat Titans (GT)
- Wriddhiman Saha (WK)
- Shubman Gill
- Sai Sudharsan
- Hardik Pandya (C)
- Abhinav Manohar
- David Miller
- Rahul Tewatia
- Rashid Khan
- Alzarri Joseph
- Mohammed Shami
- Mohit Sharma
LSG vs GT : Best Performers Prediction
The right-handed batter has performed well so far in this tournament. Having scored 228 runs last 5 matches with an average of 45.6 and an outstanding strike rate of 139.88 puts him among the top 10 in the race for Orange Cap. So, seems to be the best pick for today’s best batter.
The leg-break spinner of GT, is one of the promising bowlers of his side. So far, he has claimed 11 wickets in 5 matches and currently ranked second in the race for Purple Cap. Though in the last match against RR, he was hit badly a hat trick of sixers by RR skipper, he would be looking for a stronger come back. So, seems to be the best choice for bowler of the day.
LSG vs GT : Today’s Match Winner Prediction
Gujarat Titans likely to win the match
Disclaimer: The above predictions are based on personal understanding and analysis of the author. Kindly make your own decision while making any prediction based on the predictions mentioned above.