Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings Preview and Prediction: Who Will Score 1st Win of 2022?

Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul in action for India.
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Both the Lucknow Super Giants and the Chennai Super Kings got off to losing starts in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. Accordingly, both sides will be desperate to bounce back here, lest back-to-back defeats set the tone for their season. But who will come out on top in Mumbai? Read on for our full Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings preview and prediction:

Lucknow Super Giants vs Chennai Super Kings Preview and Prediction

IPL So Far

In their first ever match, Lucknow Super Giants found themselves up against fellow newcomers Gujarat Titans. They got off to a disastrous start with both openers dismissed early by Gujarat’s Mohammad Shami, but looked to have worked their way back into contention with 158 runs on the board. But that did not account for the explosive lower-order hitting of Rahul Tewatia and Abhinav Manohar which saw Gujarat Titans over the line with two balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, opened their IPL campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders, the side they beat in last year’s final. But, batting first, CSK were unable to generate any real momentum in their 20 overs, despite a 38-ball 50 from former captain MS Dhoni and finished with 131 runs. That never looked likely to be enough and so it proved as the Knight Riders chased it down with relative ease inside 19 overs thanks to solid contributions from their top six.

Expected Teams

KL Rahul and Quentin de Kock were unable to make an impact for Lucknow in their first match, but it is a formidable opening combination. Evin Lewis will continue at three with Marcus Stoinis still absent, with Manish Pandey at four, Deepak Hooda at five and Ayush Badoni at six. Krunal Pandya will be in the finisher role at seven, with all-rounder Andrew Tye at eight, Sri Lanka’s Dushmantha Chameera at nine. Ravi Bishnoi and Madhya Pradesh’s Avesh Khan will complete the side.

Chennai will likely stick with largely the same side that lost to KKR. That will see Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway open the batting, with Robin Uthappa at three. Moeen Ali will come straight into the side at four, with Ambati Rayudu at five. Star men Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni will bat at six and seven, with Shivam Dube and Dwayne Bravo stretching the batting to eight and nine. Adam Milne will be CSK’s strike bowler up front with fellow seamer Tushar Deshpande rounding out the XI.

Prediction

Chennai Super King’s batting looked all at sea against Kolkata in the first match before Dhoni came to the crease to give them at least something to bowl out. They do bat deep, but that will not avail them much unless they can score more quickly early in the innings. That may be easier said than done against a talented Lucknow attack. And it would be a real surprise to see Rahul and de Kock fail to make an impact for a second consecutive match. Which rather points to a Lucknow Super Giants’ win.

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