Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants face each other in match number 45 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. It’s the first of the double header on Sunday. DC are placed sixth with four wins and four losses. LSG are third, having won six and losing three.
This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.
Analysis of DC
DC managed to get the better of KKR in the previous game but almost had their jaws in mouth of a defeat. Batting-wise, David Warner is enjoying himself, and the runs are coming. Prithvi Shaw had a rare failure and will be keen to bounce back. However, DC’s middle-order lacks the bite. They have finishers such as Axar Patel and Rovman Powell, but one can see the side struggle if Warner and Shaw get out early on.
In terms of bowling, DC are well stocked. Kuldeep Yadav has done really well so far and has been amongst the wickets. The left-arm spinner will be aiming to continue the good work. In Mustafizur Rahman, DC have a seasoned international performer. Chetan Sakariya came in and did well in place of Khaleel. DC have depth on the bench and this will test LSG.
Analysis of LSG
KL Rahul’s LSG have done a decent job so far, piling up six wins. The victory over PBKS will give them life. In Rahul and Quinton de Kock, they have two of the fiercest T20 openers. They need to lay the foundation here for the middle-order. The other players need to get going and support Rahul. LSG bat deep and have all-rounders that can get them to decent scores. Against PBKS, 150-plus was enough in the end. However, they need to bat well versus DC.
Bowling-wise, Dushmantha Chameera has been producing substance. Ravi Bishnoi has done a commendable job so far. Jason Holder and Avesh Khan bring value on offer. Credit should be given to Krunal Pandya, who has bowled economically and taken wickets when it mattered.
The previous meeting saw LSG win against DC this season.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
DC predicted playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant (c&wk), Rovman Powell, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.
LSG predicted playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan
Which team is the predicted winner?
We feel LSG are the favourites here. They have already beaten DC earlier and are pulling off wins. They seem to get quality on any given day into practice and seize the crucial moments. DC could be tested with the bat.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
Wankhede hasn’t produced many high-scoring affairs it is known for this season. Pacers can have a say by bowling intelligently. Even bounce will be on offer, and the contest will interest fans.
The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 3:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
Warner has 5710 runs in the IPL, including 261 this season from six games. KL Rahul has slammed 149 sixes and is one shy of 150. He can also get past 300 runs versus DC in the IPL (296). De Kock has 271 runs this season and 2,527 in total.
The major bowling stats on offer
Kuldeep has raced to 17 wickets this season and 58 overall. Mustafizur has eight wickets this season. Krunal has an economy rate of 6.18 this season. Axar has 99 scalps and can get to 100 in the cash-rich league.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: David Warner, KL Rahul, P Shaw, Deepak Hooda, De Kock
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, R Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: David Warner, KL Rahul, P Shaw, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant
All-rounders: Rovman Powell, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: D Chameera, Mustafizur Rahman, R Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain choices
David Warner: The Aussie has an average of excess of 50-plus this season and is batting well at this moment. He can lift DC once again.
KL Rahul: The senior IPL star has amassed 300-plus runs already and is going strong. He is LSG’s best bet, and we expect him to deliver.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Krunal Pandya: The all-rounder can be important with his all-round skills on offer. He can be a decent act and get his side to dominate the key phases of the game. Krunal is an experienced figure.
Kuldeep Yadav: The left-arm spinner has found his confidence back, and the performances have been telling on the field. He has made good returns this season. Against KKR, he got four wickets in the previous game.