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Indian T20 League 2023: LKN vs MUM, Match 63 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Team Lucknow vs Team Mumbai, (LKN vs MUM, Match 63)

Date: May 16, 2023 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

The match no. 63 of the Indian T20 League 2023 will witness Team Lucknow and Team Mumbai colliding in a must-win game. Team Lucknow will host the contest at Ekana Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, May 16.

Team Lucknow are placed fourth on the table with 13 points after 12 matches. One win might not be enough for them to make it to the playoffs, making this a crucial game. Lucknow are coming off a seven-wicket win over Hyderabad away from home. 

Lucknow skipper Krunal Pandya was magnificent with the ball, picking 2 for 24 in four overs. Hyderabad managed to post 182 on the board. Chasing the target, Lucknow were behind the required rate as they struggled to get going in the first half. Prerak Mankad recovered his slow start and scored 64* off 45 while Marcus Stoinis smashed 40 in 25 balls. Nicholas Pooran stole the show, hammering 44 not-out in just 13 balls to finish the game.

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai find themselves in a position where two victories could put them in the top two. But losing this match could be catastrophic for them with a few other teams in the race. They have 14 points with a negative net run-rate of -0.117. Most recently they defeated the table-toppers Gujarat by 27 runs at home. 

Mumbai openers put on 61 runs in the powerplay before Suryakumar Yadav put on a batting exhibition. He scored 103 not-out in just 49 deliveries to record his maiden century in the league and power the team to 218. Mumbai’s bowlers did well to reduce Gujarat to 103/8 but could not get the net run-rate boost due to Rashid Khan’s 79* off 32. 

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for LKN vs MUM, Match 63

Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has proved to be a treacherous venue for batters. There has been a significant amount of help for spinners on these pitches. The average first innings score from six matches played here this tournament stands at 143.     

The weather in Lucknow is expected to be hot and clear on Tuesday evening. The temperature is likely to hover between 28-34 degree Celsius.

Team Lucknow – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Lucknow have paired two left-hand batters Quinton de Kock and Kyle Mayers at the top. Prerak Mankad should continue batting at number three after his previous innings. They are likely to bring in Krishnappa Gautham for this home fixture with Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi and Amit Mishra as other three spinners.

Probable XI – Kyle Mayers, Quinton de Kock (wk), Prerak Mankad, Krunal Pandya (c), Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Krishnappa Gautham, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur

Team Mumbai – Expected XI and Team News 

Team Mumbai have a few selection decisions to make in this away fixture. Tilak Varma, who has missed the last two games due to injury, should return for this one. With a pitch favouring spinners, Hrithik Shokeen is likely to replace Jason Behrendorff. Dewald Brevis could also be in contention. 

Probable XI – Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Tilak Varma, Nehal Wadhera, Chris Jordan, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya

Head to Head record of LKN vs MUM 

Total Encounters – 2

Team Lucknow won – 2

Team Mumbai won – 0

Best Captaincy Picks for the LKN vs MUM match

Krunal Pandya: All-rounder, Team Lucknow   

Krunal Pandya is a key figure in this match due to the nature of the pitch. He has taken eight wickets from nine innings at an economy of 7.26, with best figures of 3 for 18. He can also bat and even a small cameo could be valuable here. You can back him as C/VC for this game.

Suryakumar Yadav: Batter, Team Mumbai

Needless to say that this man has been in the form of his life and is a top captaincy option on any pitch. Suryakumar Yadav has amassed 479 runs in the season at 43 average and 190 strike rate. He is coming off a sensational century against the best bowling attack in the tournament.

Marcus Stoinis: All-rounder, Team Lucknow 

Marcus Stoinis usually bat at number four in this Lucknow side. He has scored 279 runs at an average of 25 while striking at 142, including two fifties. Stoinis has also taken five wickets in the competition. He can be a good C/VC option for his all-round value.

Top Differential Picks 

Amit Mishra: Bowler, Team Lucknow 

The veteran leg-spinner has done a superb job for Lucknow, picking seven wickets from as many games at an economy of 7.81. He’s picked by 34% of the fantasy players and could be a good differential.

Hrithik Shokeen: All-rounder, Team Mumbai 

Hrithik Shokeen hasn’t played the last few games but given that the opponent has four left handers in the top six, he’s likely to be included. Picked by less than 10% of the MPL teams, the off-spinner could be a good differential pick.

MPL Fantasy XI 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports Network has acquired the television rights of the Indian T20 League 2023 while Viacom 18 have bagged the digital rights. You can watch the matches on Star Sports channels or stream online on Jio Cinema. 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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