Lucknow will take on Gujarat in match 57 of the Indian T20 League 2022. This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Earlier, the teams clashed in the 4th match of the tournament where Gujarat defeated Lucknow in a one-sided affair. Overall, both teams have had a terrific debut season so far. Lucknow currently occupy the first slot, with 8 wins in 11 games. The KL Rahul-led team is followed by Gujarat, who have the same number of wins and losses. The winner of the coming game will book their berth into the playoffs.
Lucknow is on a four-game winning streak. The team will be very happy with the performance of their players. KL Rahul has been in top form, while the likes of Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Jason Holder have also played their part. The bowling, led by Avesh Khan and Dushmantha Chameera, has been in top form as well.
KL Rahul – The skipper has been top-notch this season. He is the second-highest run-scorer in Indian T20 League 2022 so far with 451 runs in 11 games. He also has three hundreds to his name. He was dismissed for a diamond duck in the last game and will be keen to get a big score in the coming game.Â
Avesh Khan – Carrying on his top run from the last year, Avesh Khan has bowled splendidly well this season as well. With 14 wickets in 11 games, Khan has played his part in the team’s success.Â
Quinton de Kock (wk),Â KL Rahul (c),Â Deepak Hooda,Â Marcus Stoinis,Â Krunal Pandya,Â Ayush Badoni,Â Jason Holder,Â Dushmantha Chameera,Â Ravi Bishnoi,Â Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Gujarat suffered a shock loss against Mumbai in the last game. They failed to chase nine runs in the last over and lost the match by 5 runs. However, the loss wouldn’t hurt much as the team has played well throughout the season. With Gill coming in form and Wriddhiman Saha turning back the clock, along with David Miller and Rahul Tewatia doing well as finishers, Gujarat have most of their bases covered. Their bowling has been one of the best in the tournament. Gujarat is likely to field the same XI
Wriddhiman Saha – Gujarat found an unlikely hero at the top in Wriddhiman Saha, who has been exceptional. Saha has given the teams solid starts upfront, laying a strong platform for the likes of Hardik Pandya, David Miller and Rahul Tewatia. Once again, the keeper-batter will be keen to play a big knock.
Rashid Khan – The wickets are getting slow and Rashid Khan has all the skills to exploit the conditions. So far, teams have played Rashid with caution and not given him many wickets. However, with pitch assisting him even more, he will be a big threat.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk),Â Shubman Gill,Â Sai Sudharsan,Â Hardik Pandya (c),Â David Miller,Â Rahul Tewatia,Â Rashid Khan,Â Pradeep Sangwan,Â Lockie Ferguson,Â Alzarri Joseph,Â Mohammed Shami
Match 57 – Lucknow vs Gujarat
Venue – Maharashtra Cricket Asociation, Pune
Time – 7:30 PM
Pitch Report – The surface has been very good for batting. However, the last few games have seen it get a bit slower. It won’t be as easy to bat on the surface due to the slowish nature but with short boundaries, if batters can get used to the pace of the wicket, we can see a high scoring game.Â