After a disastrous campaign last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad looked to rebuild their team in the mega auction. The jury remains out on whether they have done that successfully, but they did not make a promising start. Lucknow Super Giants, meanwhile, have impressed with the bat but less so with the ball. Who will come out on top here? Read on for our full Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Lucknow Super Giants preview and prediction:
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Lucknow Super Giants Preview and Prediction
IPL So Far
Sunrisers Hyderabad finished rock bottom last season, winning just three of their 14 matches, and they did not look a great deal more competitive in their opening match in 2022. They conceded 210 runs to the Rajasthan Royals, with Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer in a particularly destructive move, and never got close to chasing that total down. Their top four managed to score just 11 runs between them, with Aiden Markram and Washington Sundar offering resistance, but too late in the day.
Lucknow Super Giants, meanwhile, opened their campaign against Gujarat Titans. It proved to be a final over thriller, but one that Lucknow ended up on the wrong end of as fireworks from Rahul Tewatia and Abhinav Manohar got the Titans over the line. But Lucknow Super Giants bounced back from that disappointment in fine style against Chennai Super Kings, chasing down 210 with two balls to spare to score a fine victory over the defending champions.
Lucknow Super Giants will be looking to their impressive opening combination of KL Rahul and Quentin de Kock to lead the way again, with further batting power at number three in Manish Pandey and four in Evin Lewis, who is having a fine IPL so far. Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni and Jason Holder can all contribute with bat and ball. The same can be said of Krunal Pandya. Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi and Avesh Khan will complete their line-up.
Sunrisers, meanwhile, will be hoping for more from Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi and Nicholas Pooran. Losing both Pooran and Tripathi to ducks against Rajasthan Royals doomed their chase before it ever got off the ground. Markram impressed at five. Abdul Samad will bat at six, with Romario Shepherd and Sundar handy lower-order hitters. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik and T Natarajan will need to make more in-roads with the ball than they managed against Rajasthan.
To put it bluntly, Sunrisers Hyderabad look like the worst side in the Indian Premier League. They have a world-class player in Kane Williamson and some handy bowlers, but compared with their rivals, they look light on quality. Lucknow Super Giants, by way of contrast, are perhaps short of a really first-rate bowler, but they boast a very strong batting line-up and a very deep one. Stranger things than a Sunrisers Hyderabad victory have happened, but Lucknow Super Giants look much the better side.
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