Both Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians had to wait till late in the league stages to book their playoff spots with Rohit Sharma and side qualifying at the last moment with Royal Challengers Bangalore losing to the table toppers Gujarat Titans in the final league match of IPL 2023.
As far as head-to-head is concerned, Lucknow Super Giants maintain an unbeaten record against the five-time champions with three wins out of as many games. Their latest encounter was a week ago when Krunal Pandya and his side defeated MI by five runs in Lucknow.
LKN vs MI injury update and key players
LKN injury update Mark Wood is confirmed to be out of the play-off stages as the pacer left the squad for England back in April while KL Rahul is out for the season. No further injury has been reported from the Lucknow squad.
LKN key players Quinton de Kock has been key at the top of the order in the absence of KL Rahul while the side has struggled to find their second opener with failed experiments with Karan Sharma and Deepak Hooda failing recently.
Prerak Mankad has bloomed late in the season and has added strength in the middle-order while Marcus Stoinis has fired runs on tracks where balls come easy to the bat. Nicholas Pooran has been a flat-track bully as well.
Ayush Badoni is another key member in the middle order. Krunal Pandya has shown more responsibility with the bat since taking charge of the team and could prove crucial with his spin bowling at Chepauk and likes to bowl in the powerplay as well.
However, it’s Ravi Bishnoi, who has been in good form off late with the leg spinner taking four wickets in two games, who may prove to be the trump card with three wickets in his last game at the venue. Yash Thakur has been a valuable return to the side with good bowling at the death. Krishnappa Gowtham could feature in the line-up too if Lucknow want to play an extra spinner.
Out of form Deepak Hooda continues to flop with the bat while Avesh Khan and Mohsin Khan have been a liability with their pace bowling. Naveen-Ul-Haq meanwhile has failed to pick wickets in the last three games.
MI injury update No injuries have been reported from MI camp too ahead of the game.
MI key players Rohit Sharma finally hit his first half-century of IPL 2023 in the last game after finding rhythm over the last few innings. The rest of the batting order has been in good form too with Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Cameron Green, and Nehal Wadhera Varma scoring runs. Green also scored a century in the last game under pressure. Their good form has also limited batting opportunities for Tilak Varma and Tim David down the order.
Bowling has been MI’s weakest link, making Piyush Chawla crucial for the game as the veteran leg spinner took 15 wickets this season and took two wickets in his last game at the Chepauk. Young pacer Akash Madhwal has become a crucial death-over bowler with four wickets in the last game while Jason Behrendorff has done well with the new ball as the Aussie took seven wickets in five games.
LKN vs MI predicted playing 11 and impact sub options
LKN predicted playing 11 Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur,
LKN impact sub options Mohsin Khan, Amit Mishra and Ayush Badoni are often used as impact substitutes.
LKN bench Karan Sharma, Karun Nair, Avesh Khan, Ayush Badoni, Daniel Sams, Prerak Mankad, Jaydev Unadkat, Swapnil Singh, Romario Shepherd, Arpit Guleria, Yudhvir Singh Charak,
MI predicted playing 11 Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Jason Behrendorff, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Piyush Chawla, Dewald Brevis
MI predicted impact sub Likes of Nehal Wadhera, Akash Madhwal, Piyush Chawla and Raghav Goyla have been used as substitutes thi season.
MI bench Nehal Wadhera, Arjun Tendulkar, Kumar Kartikeya, Vishnu Vinod, Shams Mulani, Ramandeep Singh, Jason Behrendorff, Sandeep Warrier, Hrithik Shokeen, Duan Jansen, Tristan Stubbs, Raghav Goyal
LKN vs MI pitch report
The Chepauk has been known to favour slow bowlers as the game progresses over the years, favouring the team batting first the most. While the spinners continue to get assistance, batters have also been able to score at ease recently. The average score batting first in IPL at the venue is 163. The teams batting first have won the most in IPL at this venue.
LKN vs MI Dream11 prediction
LKN vs MI dream11 predicted lineup 1
LKN vs MI dream11 predicted lineup 2
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