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Hyderabad target improved his performance against confident Lucknow


Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were completely outplayed in their opening game of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season and the Kane Williamson-led side will be looking for a much improved performance when they take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) of high flight. at DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Monday, April 4.

Lucknow lost their opener against fellow IPL debutants Gujarat Titans (GT) but they responded in spectacular fashion. Captain KL Rahul led from the front as they chased down 210/7 to condemn defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their worst start in the IPL.
SRH became the first team this season to lose by beating second after Rajasthan Royals (RR) battled their way to 210/6 in their tournament opener. Hyderabad’s first order suffered a stunning collapse as RR cut them 37/5 down in the opening 11 overs.

Aiden Markram (57 from 41 balls) and Washington Sundar (40 from 14 balls) spared their team some blushes with a late push to reduce the margin of loss to 61 points. Speedster Umran Malik (2/39) took two wickets and the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/29) looked in good pace to provide SRH with some additional positives after an otherwise gloomy night.

LSG swept away their opening day loss to GT with a dominating performance against four-time champions CSK. Ravi Bishnoi looked extremely dangerous against CSK, providing key breakthroughs and finishing with impressive numbers of 2/24 despite the champions posting 210/7.

KL Rahul put his opening night disappointment of being sent off for a ‘Golden-Duck’ behind him as he hit 40 off just 26 to give his team a quick start. Quinton de Kock (61 on 45 balls) contributed with half a century while Evin Lewis broke an unbeaten 55 on just 23 balls to carry his team across the line.

Another highlight for LSG was the form of youngster Ayush Badoni (22) who continued his half-century debut with another impressive performance scoring an unbeaten 19 from just 9 balls.

SRH vs LSG Team News:

News from the SRH team: Sunrisers Hyderabad will continue without the services of Australian designer Sean Abbott, who will miss the first three games due to international obligations.

News from the LSG team: Lucknow Super Giants will be without the Caribbean duo of Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers who are expected to return soon. Marcus Stoinis, who is part of the Australian squad for the Pakistani tour, will miss this match.

SRH vs LSG Presentation Report: The three matches so far at DY Patil Stadium have had very different results. The opener saw PBKS chase down 205/2 with ease before a low scoring thriller saw RCB hunt down KKR’s 128 with just 4 balls to spare. RR scored 193/8 in the last game at this site and won by 23 points, MI could only manage 170/8. It’s a track that offers something for both batters and bowlers alike and the dew makes it easy to hit on the second inning.

Where to watch live: The match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST on Monday, April 4. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar

SRH vs LSG Top Fantasy League Picks:

Best batting picks: KL Rahul looked in fine form in the last game and could be backed to put in another quick performance. Meanwhile, Evin Lewis has shown glimpses of the form he long showed for the West Indies but failed to replicate in the IPL. The West Indies heavy hitter scored at a 239.13 strike rate in his unbeaten 55 on just 23 balls.

Top All-Round Picks: Both Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda can be backed to add value with bat and ball for LSG. Washington Sundar looked good with the bat for SRH but was very expensive with the ball, going for 0/47 in 3 overs. Sundar could be a powerful weapon for SRH provided he tightens up his bowling.

Best Bowling Picks: Bhuvneshwar Kumar played superbly in the last game and he can be backed to deliver another top performance. Ravi Bishnoi is another bowler to watch especially after a superb 2/24 spell against CSK.

SRH vs LSG Probable Playing XIs:

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

Probable eleven of the Lucknow super giants: KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Dushmantha Chameera, Andrew Tye, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan.

Full squads SRH vs LSG:

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Dushmantha Chameera, Quinton de Kock (wk), Ravi Bishnoi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Avesh Khan, Karan Sharma, Deepak Hooda, Mayank Yadav, Andrew Tye, Mohsin Khan

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Kane Williamson (c), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Shashank Singh, Umran Malik, Marco Jansen, Ravikumar Samarth, Jagadeesha Suchith , Glenn Phillips, Vishnu Vinod, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kartik Tyagi, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Saurabh Dubey


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