Match: Lucknow vs Gujarat (LKN vs GUJ, Match #57)
Date: May 10, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Lucknow will take on Gujarat in match 57 of Indian T20 League 2022. The KL Rahul-led Lucknow is right at the top of the points table while Gujarat, led by Hardik Pandya, is placed in the second spot. Both the teams have 16 points each and will be looking to win the upcoming game to ensure that they do not slip out of the top two spots.
When the two teams met earlier this season, the game went down to the wire. Half centuries by Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni helped Lucknow post a target of 159 for Gujarat, who stuttered in their chase before eventually gunning down the target in 19.4 overs with help from Rahul Tewatia and Abhinav Manohar. Tewatia remained unbeaten on 40 off 24, while Manohar remained not out on 15 off 7.
Lucknow come into this game after registering a comprehensive win over Kolkata. But Gujarat have lost their last two games on a trot and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Their bowlers were unimpressive in the last couple of games while the middle order also failed to do anything substantial. A big reason for their slump has been a dip in Hardik Pandya’s form. The skipper has only 38 runs from his last four outings. However, he is still his side’s leading run-scorer.
Ahead of Indian T20 league match 57, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.
LSG vs GUJ, Match 57, Weather Update & Pitch Report
The pitch at the MCA stadium is largely batting friendly and it also helps the fast bowlers. The average first innings score here in T20s is 175, while the team batting second has a win percentage of 51.9. This season, the teams batting first have won the last five games at the MCA stadium.
The temperature in Pune at the time of the match will be around 29 degrees. No rain has been forecast and we are likely in for an uninterrupted game of cricket.
LSG vs GUJ Injury News and Predicted XI
Lucknow Team news – Avesh Khan returned from injury in Lucknow’s previous game and picked up three wickets. Lucknow are likely to play the same XI that they fielded in the last game.
Predicted XI – Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Gujarat Team news – There is no injury concern in the Gujarat team and they are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.
Predicted XI – Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Sai Sudharshan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami
LKN vs GUJ Head to head record
The two newbies have played just one game in the past which was won by Gujarat.
Total games – 1
Lucknow – 0
Gujarat – 1
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LKN vs GUJ: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 57 (Five players to watch out for)
Top Fantasy Picks for LKN vs GUJ
KL Rahul – wicketkeeper batsman, Lucknow
KL Rahul is currently the second leading run scorer in the tournament with 451 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 145.01. Even though he is coming into this game on the back of a golden duck against Kolkata, KL Rahul is still a must-have player in your MPL team and also a good option for captaincy.
Mohsin Khan – bowler, Lucknow
The left arm seamer has taken nine wickets in five matches this season at an economy of 5.35. He gave away merely six runs in three overs in his most recent spell which was also at the MCA stadium. Overall, the 23-year-old has 42 wickets in 31 T20s at an economy of 6.81 runs per over.
Deepak Hooda – all-rounder, Lucknow
Deepak Hooda has been Lucknow’s best middle order batsman this season. He has scored 320 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of 133.89. In the reverse fixture against Gujarat earlier in the season, he had scored 55 runs.
Hardik Pandya – All-rounder, Gujarat
Hardik Pandya is Gujarat’s highest run-scorer with 333 runs in ten games at an average of 41.62. After three successive poor outings between April 27 and May 3, Pandya scored 24 runs against Mumbai in his most recent outing and will be looking for a bigger knock in the next game. He is a good pick for your MPL team’s vice captaincy.
Avesh Khan – bowler, Lucknow
Avesh Khan is the leading wicket-taker for Lucknow this season with 14 dismissals in nine games. After missing a few games due to injury, he bowled a match-winning spell of 3 – 19 19 in the previous game against Kolkata and will be looking to carry the same form into the next game.
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.