IPL 2023 LSG Captain KL Rahul, PBKS' Sam Curran
IPL 2023 LSG Captain KL Rahul, PBKS' Sam Curran [PC: BCCI]

Last Update on: April 15th, 2023 at 07:29 pm

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are all set to clash against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on 15th April (*Saturday) at Lucknow. LSG would be booming with confidence after winning a thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against the run of play.

PBKS’ middle order was exposed against Gujarat Titans (GT). Apart from Shikhar Dhawan, the team need someone who can take responsibility for taking the team out of trouble. Sam Curran & Bhanuka Rajapaksa struggled a lot against both pacers & spinners.

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LSG fans would be hoping that KL Rahul plays his natural game rather than getting into a shell. LSG though need to work on their bowling as the likes of Avesh Khan & Jaydev Unadkat were taken to the cleaners against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

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PBKS stand-in skipper Sam Curran won the toss and elected to bowl first. Sam Curran revealed why Shikhar Dhawan isn’t playing. Sam Curran pointed out that they want to experiment by bowling first. Sam Curran stated that they have made a couple of changes in their playing 11.

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“We’ll bowl first. Something we haven’t done all season. Shikhar picked up an injury last game, don’t know how bad it is but hopefully he won’t be out long. His absence is huge, we’ve got two Indian batters coming in and Raza is back in the XI. The conditions looks good,” said Sam Curran

LSG skipper KL Rahul was quite excited to play on a new surface. KL Rahul stated that they are still trying to figure out their best playing 11. KL Rahul lauded the team’s spirit to come out from any precarious position. KL Rahul pointed out that the environment in the dugout is very good.

“First game on this strip, anything would have worked. It is exciting to challenge ourselves on different conditions. It is our first season here, so each game we’ll assess and modify. Every game we make a few changes, settle on a 12-13 and take a call depending on the game. Each game we have turned up and we have been challenged every time, but players have found answers. Everyone is enjoying the game and there is a good vibe around, really happy with the support we have got out here,” said KL Rahul.

IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)

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The substitutes of both LSG and PBKS are stated below:

Lucknow Super Giants’ Subs: Amit Mishra, Jaydev Unadkat, K Gowtham, Prerak Mankad, Daniel Sams

Punjab Kings’ Subs: Prabhsimran Singh, Nathan Ellis, Mohit Rathee, Rishi Dhawan

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Lucknow Super Giants XI: KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Yudhvir Singh

Punjab Kings XI: Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia, Matthew Short, Sikandar Raza, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran (c), Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

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