Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings Match Preview, IPL 2022, Match 07, LSG vs CSK
LSG vs CSK: Match Preview.

Lucknow Super Giants will face Chennai Super Kings in the 7th Match of IPL 2022 on Thursday, 31st March at Brabourne, CCI. The match will be at 7:30 pm IST.

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Lucknow Super Giants threatened to become the first team to defend a target in IPL 2022, but late blows from Gujarat Titans’ batters David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, and Abhinav Manohar ensured it was Gujarat Titans who won the battle of the new teams. Mohammed Shami and Rahul Tewatia starred in the win for Hardik Pandya’s men.

Lucknow Super Giants suffered due to some bizarre captaincy from KL Rahul who persisted with spinners against two aggressive batters even as due made it difficult for the slower bowlers. Man of the Match pacer Mohammed Shami picked three wickets in a three-over spell with the new ball. KL Rahul was out for a golden duck before Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni scored half-centuries to bail Lucknow Super Giants out of trouble and give their bowlers something to work with.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo: IPL)

Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings Match Preview, IPL 2022, Match 07, LSG vs CSK

Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2021 defending champions, also lost their opening fixture like Lucknow Super Giants, against Kolkata Knight Riders. Chasing a target of 132, KKR was never in a spot of bother as their top-order contributed collectively. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for his team with 44 in his return to the IPL.

Former skipper MS Dhoni and the new captain, Ravindra Jadeja, proceeded to stitch an unbeaten 70-run partnership for the 6th wicket to bail CSK out of trouble. MS Dhoni scored his first fifty in nearly three years. CSK managed to put up 132 runs on the board but it was nowhere near enough for their bowlers to defend.

Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni
Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Moeen Ali, the CSK all-rounder, finally joined Chennai Super Kings Squad on Monday morning. He’s finished his three-day quarantine period. The good news is that Moeen Ali will play in CSK’s second match against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Moeen Ali has been one of the best performers for the yellow army in 15 matches, Moeen Ali picked 6 wickets and made 357 runs with the highest score of 58 at a strike rate of 137.30 and hit 19 sixes and 31 fours for the MS Dhoni-led team.

Moeen Ali. Photo- CSK Twitter
Moeen Ali. Photo- CSK Twitter

CSK XI Against KKR: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (capt), MS Dhoni (wk), Shivam Dube, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande

Moeen Ali, CSK all-rounder may replace Mitchell Santner who returned with figures of 1/31 in his 4 overs in CSK’s playing XI against LSG. In another change, Shivam Dube, who scored only 3 off 6 balls and conceded 11 runs in the solitary over he bowled, may be replaced by pacer KM Asif or 2022 U19 World Cup-winning all-rounder Rajvardhan Hangargekar.

CSK Probable XI Against LSG: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (capt), MS Dhoni (wk), Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande

Lucknow Super Giants- Team News

Buoyed by some late hitting by David Miller (30 off 21), Rahul Tewatia (40 not out off 24), and Abhinav Manohar (15 off 7), Gujarat secured a thrilling 5-wicket win with two balls to go to start their campaign on a stellar note. Gujarat were in a spot of bother at 78/4 after 11. 5 overs, having lost captain Hardik Pandya as well as Matthew Wade and Shubman Gill as they chased 159 for victory.

Tottering at 29 for four in the fifth over, Lucknow Super Giants found their own heroes. Responsible half-centuries by Deepak Hooda (55) and Ayush Badoni (54) guided the team to a respectable 158/6 in 20 overs.

Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni of Lucknow Super Giants (IPLT20)
Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni of Lucknow Super Giants (IPLT20)

Lucknow Super Giants Playing 11 vs Gujarat Titans: KL Rahul(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan

Lucknow Super Giants Mark Wood was injured in the ongoing England tour of the West Indies and was ruled out of the IPL 2022. Andrew Tye was officially named his replacement. Marcus Stoinis, the Lucknow Super Giants’ all-rounder is in Pakistan for the white-ball series against the hosts and is set to miss at least the first 4 matches of the season.

Jason Holder was part of his national team West Indies for the Test series against England, which ended on Sunday (March 27). He is expected to land in India after a couple of days and will have to serve a three-day isolation period before joining his teammates. Jason Holder might be available for LSG’s April 4 fixture.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kyle Mayers’ five-wicket haul in the 3rd Test gave West Indies a big 10-wicket win over England. After a successful run for his country, Kyle Mayers will be high on confidence and will hope to emulate his form for LSG. Like Jason Holder, he might be available from the April 4 fixture against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Back in IPL for the first time since 2019, Alzarri Joseph will miss GT’s opening fixture as he was part of WI’s Test squad. He looks set to miss the first week of the season and might be available for selection from April 2, when GT takes on Delhi Capitals in Pune.

Lucknow played with 3 overseas players in Evin Lewis, Quinton de Kock, and Dushmantha Chameera against Gujarat Titans and may field Andrew Tye against CSK in place of Mohsin Khan who was wicketless and returned with figures of 0/18 in 2 overs.

Lucknow Super Giants Probable XI vs CSK: KL Rahul(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye