Today’s first clash of IPL 2023 is Gujarat Titans vs Lucknow Super Giants (GT vs LSG). The host, GT, is currently striding ahead in a tremendous form. Out of 10 games played so far during this season, they have won 7 games. The team stands at 1st position on the IPL points table. Interestingly, GT has lost 3 out 5 matches at their home ground and managed to win only 2. Based on these facts, it is possible that there are 60% chances of GT losing against LSG.
Their last game at this ground was against Delhi Capitals which GT lost drastically while chasing a target of meagre 130 runs. It was the biggest upset this season, except skipper, Hardik Pandya, the batting line-up underperformed. Therefore, in the upcoming match against strong-going LSG, GT needs to up their game on the batting front.
Talking about the visitors, LSG, started on a high note. However, in the last 5 games, the team has only managed to win and lose 2 games each with 1 abandoned due to rains. Currently, LSG is ranked 3rd by winning 5 out of 10 games. Moreover, in their last match against RCB, they lost terribly with a score of 108 runs while chasing a petty target of 126 runs.
At the same time, the team has performed better as visitors by winning 3 out of 4 games played outside. Therefore, LSG needs to focus on improving their batting strategy since, skipper K L Rahul will also not be available for the upcoming match and has been replaced by the Karnataka batter, Karun Nair. The new captain, Krunal Pandya will have to gear up for the match against captain Hardik Pandya, his own younger sibling!
GT vs LSG : Match Details
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Watch Live on: Star Sports Network & JioCinema
GT vs LSG : Pitch Report
The pitch at Narendra Modi Stadium is supportive of batters. However, the boundaries are bigger which makes it difficult for batters to play big shots easily. Further, the pitch is also helpful for seamers, especially with the new ball. The game is expected to be a high scoring one, anything above 190 could be considered as a defendable score. Out of the 5 games played on this pitch, the chasing team has won 3 times whereas the team batting first has won only twice.
The toss-winning captain should bowl first.
GT vs LSG : Head to Head
Both teams have faced each other thrice in IPL history in which, GT has dominated LSG by 3-0.
GT vs LSG : Playing XI Prediction
Gujarat Titans (GT)
- Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
- Shubman Gill
- Hardik Pandya (c)
- Vijay Shankar
- David Miller
- Rahul Tewatia
- Rashid Khan
- Mohit Sharma
- Noor Ahmad
- Mohammed Shami
- Alzarri Joseph
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
- Kyle Mayers
- Karun Nair
- Ayush Badoni
- Marcus Stoinis
- Deepak Hooda
- Nicholas Pooran (wk)
- Krunal Pandya (c)
- Krishnappa Gowtham
- Ravi Bishnoi
- Mohsin Khan
GT vs LSG : Best Performers’ Prediction
The young lad from GT is one of the strong contenders for Orange Cap this season. Having scored 375 runs in 10 matches he played so far, he stands 6th among the Orange Cap rankings. He has a current strike rate of 135.87 and his ability to play aggressive innings at crucial times has been an asset for GT. Since in the upcoming match, its a batter’s pitch and his home ground too, Gill is expected to smash the opponents with his explosive innings. So he is the best choice for Batsman of the Day.
The 32-year-old seamer is currently leading the race in second position for Purple Cap this season with 18 wickets in 10 matches, an average of 15.22 and economy rate of 7.03. The veteran bowler gave his season’s best against Delhi Capital where he delivered an outstanding spell of 4/11 on the same pitch for which he was the Man of the Match! In the upcoming match he is going to bowl on the pacer’s supportive pitch, which is why he seems to be the best pick for Bowler of the Day!
GT vs LSG : Today’s Match Prediction
Lucknow Super Giants are most likely to win the match.
Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.