Both well-performing teams of last year are locking horns in their opening game of this IPL edition 2023. Lucknow Super Giants with the Klassy KL Rahul seems more promising with their new picks. Delhi Capitals misses their skipper, R Pant, but still looks mighty with their lineup this time.
Head to Head – LSG vs DC
Matches played – 2
Lucknow Super Giants Won – 2
Delhi Capitals Won – 0
Time: 7.30 PM IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
The pitch in Lucknow is well balanced. It will offer both for batting and bowling. So we can expect equal competition with the bat and the ball.
What to Expect?
With the conditions being apt for both bat and ball, key players of both the teams are expected to stand out in this game. Team batting first have felt the advantage most of the time at this venue in T20s. So, obviously there is something in favor of the team batting first here.
Probable Playing XIs
LSG Possible XI:
KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Jaydev Unadkat, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood
DC Possible XI:
Prithvi Shaw, David Warner (c), Mitchell Marsh, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Phil Salt, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar
Fantasy Picks for the LSG vs DC (Match 3)
Captain : M Marsh
Whenever M Marsh walks into bat in his last few games, he has been making a huge contribution for his side. His magical run with the bat will also include this opening game of his IPL franchise.
Vice captain/WicketKeeper : KL Rahul
KL Rahul has just come out of his downfall in international cricket. With IPL has been his go to place for fetching his magical touch, he will be keen to make use of every IPL game. He is a definite pick for this opening game.
Batsmen: D Warner, D Hooda, P Shah
D Warner as a skipper is completely a different batter. He takes the responsibility with utmost care.
P Shah with his blistering batting can even go over the moon once things get clicked for him.
D Hooda, as a spin power hitter will play a huge role in the middle overs.
All rounders: M Marsh, M Stoinis, A Patel, K Mayers
M Stoinis and A Patel are both precious. Most importantly, they both are in great touch with both the bat and the ball. Never miss them in their prime time.
With the kind of form K Mayers is in right now, this Indian venue can aid him to showcase his ability in IPL.
Bowlers: A Khan, R Bishnoi, K Yadav
Both the wrist spinners are entirely different from each other and they have totally different roles for their sides but they have one thing in common is that they add more value even in tough situations.
The promising A Khan is having a great year with the ball in domestic matches. He will be waiting for this big stage.
Winning Dream11 Team
KL Rahul has been in great form in IPL as the Bangalore based batter has 5 500+ innings since 2018. And he is expected to continue the golden run this year too.
Meanwhile it is David Warner, the captain of the Delhi side, who has the most 500+ runs seasons in IPL (6 times). He will also look to lead the chart despite the tough challenge from Virat and KL behind him.