Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Lucknow Super Giants: Preview and Prediction

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Lucknow Super Giants will be high on confidence after beating Chennai Super Kings

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants will cross paths in ‘Match 12’ of the 2022 Indian Premier League season at the Dr DY Patil Stadium on Monday. Sunrisers Hyderabad is occupying the last place in the standings, whereas Lucknow Super Giants are placed in the fifth position.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a nightmarish start to the IPL 2022 campaign. Kane Williamson’s team began their journey with a match against Rajasthan Royals, where they suffered a comprehensive defeat by 61 runs.

On the other hand, the newly-formed franchise Lucknow Super Giants have had a mixed start in their debut season. KL Rahul’s team faced Gujarat Titans in the first match, where they suffered a five-wicket defeat. However, the Super Giants have a stunning comeback in their second match, where they handed defending champions Chennai Super Kings a six-wicket drubbing.

What have they done so far?

Sunrisers Hyderabad bowled first in their first match against Rajasthan Royals, where besides youngster Umran Malik, every bowler conceded over 8 runs per over. Thanks to brilliant knocks from Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer, the Royals set up a massive target of 211 runs for the boys in Orange to chase down.

Williamson’s men capitulated in the run chase and found themselves at 37/5 in the eleventh over. Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar then offered some resilience, but the damage was already done and all Hyderabad could score was 149 runs, thereby succumbing to a 61-run defeat.

Lucknow Super Giants batted first in their opening encounter against Gujarat Titans, where their top-order failed to deliver but half-centuries from Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni helped them reach a respectable total of 158 runs. However, the Titans chased the total down in 19.4 overs as, besides Dushmantha Chameera and Krunal Pandya, none of Rahul’s bowlers could impress.

Lucknow’s bowling contingent failed to deliver once again in the second match against Chennai Super Kings, where Ravindra Jadeja’s team set up a gargantuan target of 211 runs. Skipper Rahul and Quinton de Kock gave the Super Giants a fantastic start in the run chase, while Evin Lewis and Badoni joined the party, later on, to cross the line in 19.3 overs.

Head to Head Record

The head-to-head records are not in question here, since this will be the first occasion where Lucknow Super Giants and Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns. Hence, both teams will be aiming to start this new chapter on a winning note.

Key Players

Aiden Markram scored a half-century in his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Aiden Markram scored a half-century in his debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Aiden Markram: The wicket in Dr DY Patil Stadium will play to the strengths of South African batter Aiden Markram since he is a different beast on fast-paced wickets. He was Hyderabad’s highest run-scorer in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, where he accumulated 57 runs in 41 deliveries, hitting five fours and a couple of sixes in the process.

Ayush Badoni: Hardly anyone had heard the name of Ayush Badoni prior to this IPL season, but he now is a household name courtesy of his back-to-back sensational performances with the bat. The youngster has scored 73 runs for Lucknow Super Giants at an outstanding strike rate of 146. Badoni scored a 41-ball 54 in the match against Gujarat Titans, while against Chennai Super Kings, he smashed a 9-ball 19 to help get his team over the line.

Predicted Playing XI

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Andrew Tye, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan.

Prediction

Sunrisers Hyderabad looks lopsided on paper and Rajasthan Royals brutally exposed their weaknesses in their first encounter. On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants will be buzzing with confidence after beating Chennai Super Kings, while the addition of Jason Holder will only make them a much more balanced side. Hence, we have predicted the Super Giants to secure two points from this game.

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