21st Match (N), Lucknow, April 07, 2024, Indian Premier League
(18.5/20 ov, T:164) 130

LSG won by 33 runs

Player Of The Match
Cricinfo's MVP
84.38 ptsImpact List

LSG target first win over Titans as Mayank takes the spotlight again

The two teams have played four matches against each other, with Gujarat Titans winning every contest

Himanshu Agrawal

Match details

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs Gujarat Titans (GT)
Lucknow, 7.30pm IST (2pm GMT)

Big picture - Can LSG end their losing streak against Titans?

LSG have the most exciting player of this IPL season in their ranks: Mayank Yadav, the 21 year old tearaway who bowls thunderbolts in excess of 150 kph with unwavering accuracy. He stopped Punjab Kings in their tracks, blew RCB away, bowled the fastest ball of the season (156.7 kph), and became the first to win Player of the Match awards in his first two IPL matches. Another impressive outing against Gujarat Titans, a team LSG have not beaten in four attempts, will only increase the conversation around Mayank and the T20 World Cup that starts six days after the IPL final.
India will have to name their squad for that tournament by the end of this month and experts on ESPNcricinfo's show TimeOut have already gone to say that Mayank's "skillsets are important" and that "it would be crazy not to look at the players in form". Mayank, however, has said that he isn't looking too far ahead and that his focus is now on the IPL. And, more immediately, trying to score a maiden win for LSG against the Titans.
Mayank has not yet taken the new ball for LSG and if Shubman Gill is still batting, that match-up could be one that has significant impact on the result of the game. Gill comes into the contest having scored an unbeaten 89 against Punjab Kings, his first substantial innings as the new Titans captain in IPL 2024.

Form guide

LSG WWL (Most recent first)

Team news and Impact Player strategy

Lucknow Super Giants
LSG have used a different combination of Impact Players in each of their three matches so far. That included subbing off KL Rahul after they batted first against Kings to manage his workload. But Rahul returned as captain and stayed on the field for the entire game against RCB. In that match, they subbed off Quinton de Kock after he scored 81 and brought in left-arm spinner M Siddharth as Impact Player while bowling second. In their previous home game, against Kings, Naveen-ul-Haq had come in as the Impact Player for Rahul.
Likely XII: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Devdutt Padikkal, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Ayush Badoni, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Yash Thakur, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Mayank Yadav, 12 M Siddharth
Gujarat Titans
David Miller didn't say much about his fitness in the pre-match press conference. In his absence in Titans' previous match against Kings, Kane Williamson scored 26 off 22 balls. That was also the first time this season that Titans brought in Mohit Sharma to swap a batter other than Sai Sudharsan. They replaced Rahul Tewatia, who is yet to bowl this year, after batting first. They haven't played M Shahrukh Khan, their big-money signing at the auction in December, yet this season.
Likely XII: 1 Shubman Gill (capt), 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 Sai Sudharsan, 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 Azmatullah Omarzai, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Noor Ahmad, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Darshan Nalkande, 12 Mohit Sharma

In the spotlight: Padikkal and Shankar

Ahead of this year's auction, LSG traded Avesh Khan for Devdutt Padikkal but that move is yet to show results. Batting at No. 3 in the three matches so far, he has scored 0, 9 and 6. Padikkal has also fallen to pace each time. He is the link between LSG's strong opening combination and Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran in the middle order, and they need him to ensure that no momentum is lost.
Only Gill and Sudharsan have 100-plus runs this season among Titans' batters. They don't have Hardik Pandya to bank on anymore, and with Miller missing, they need players like Vijay Shankar to step up. He has scores of 12 (12 balls), 14* (11) in a run chase, and 8 (10).

Stats that matter

  • Nicholas Pooran has started the season with 146 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 175, a lot of his quick runs coming against spin. But in Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad, Titans have two bowlers that Pooran has struggled against. He has scored only 27 runs off 43 balls for two dismissals off Rashid in T20 cricket. Against Noor, Pooran has scored no runs off six balls and been out twice in two innings.
  • LSG's spinners have bowled 24 overs so far this season and taken just two wickets at an average of 99.50. Mumbai Indians' spinners, who have also struck only twice this season, are the next worst in terms of average (76.50).
  • At 8.08, Titans have the second-best economy rate while bowling in the powerplay this season. However, LSG aren't too far behind at 8.61.
  • Pitch and conditions

    It is expected to be hot in Lucknow on Sunday evening. In the only match played there this season, LSG scored 199 and Punjab fell short by 21 runs in the chase. The score batting first in last season's first game in Lucknow was 193, but there were only two other 150-plus scores in the next six games.


    "I think one mistake we made last year was to chop and change our team too much. I think it's important while the team is doing well to keep the same balance."
    LSG bowling coach Morne Morkel
    "At the moment, the table is pretty tight. So no one's really running away at this stage."
    David Miller isn't worried about Titans' seventh position in the points table

    Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

    Win Probability
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    100%50%100%LSG InningsGT Innings

    Over 19 • GT 130/10

    Rahul Tewatia c Pooran b Yash Thakur 30 (25b 2x4 2x6 35m) SR: 120
    Noor Ahmad c de Kock b Yash Thakur 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 2m) SR: 200
    LSG won by 33 runs
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