TATA IPL 2023 is nearing the conclusion of the second leg for every team. MI and SRH have played one match but will now move the numbers up in the coming days. Sunrisers Hyderabad, in particular, will be the first to advance. It is scheduled to play the 10th match of the tournament on April 7, 2023, at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. The Lucknow Super Giants are waiting for their arrival at their host ground.
One can safely assume the result will incline towards LSG, especially considering the fact that they have won one match versus SRH with no losses so far. The pitch can be seen favoring bowlers, spin, or fast. Batters will have to add something extra to their attempts at hitting big shots.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar led SRH in the opener, losing to the Rajasthan Royals by 72 runs. Aiden Markram is returning to the team after fulfilling his international commitments. The crown will shift to Markram in the second fixture. Heinrich Klaasen is also making a comeback to take care of the wickets from behind the stumps.
Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Umran Malik will keep LSG from getting a high score. Bowling first is likely to come to a team’s advantage at Ekana Cricket Stadium. Powerplay will have a large contribution. The pitch favors bowlers, but batters can force them to reset the momentum after every over with big shots.
KL Rahul will continue leading the LSG. The side has a record of 1 win and 1 loss, with the win coming against the Delhi Capitals and the loss being suffered by Dhoni-led CSK. Quinton de Kock could handle the position of the wicketkeeper. The bowling attack will have a unit led by Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, and Avesh Khan.
Wood and Bishnoi took three wickets each against CSK. Bishnoi turned out to be the secret weapon that Rahul deployed much later. Avesh Khan was substituted while chasing the target of 206. LSG came closer to the target, missing it by just 12 runs.
So, the strategy worked, and it could be replicated if LSG bowls first. Plus, the expected batting line-up of LSG is more impressive. SRH only has the option to push the current line-up or bring impact players later in the game.
If the head-to-head record is anything to go by, then SRH has a reason to win and even the score. However, some of the best cricket betting sites slightly favor LSG for the win based on how both teams have performed in the Indian Premier League.
SRH’s batting line-up was seen struggling against the spin and fast bowling attack of RR. Since the pitch of Ekana Cricket Stadium favors bowlers anyway, the effect could be much higher than the opener.