KL Rahul has won the toss and has decided to bowl first against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022.

Lucknow Super Giants and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number seven of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday. The match is being held at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. CSK were outplayed by KKR in the IPL 2022 opener. The defending champions struggled with the bat, which saw them surrender the tie. Meanwhile, new side LSG were beaten by fellow debutants Gujarat Titans on Monday. LSG were ripped apart before showing character. GT pulled the strings late to stun LSG and pick two valuable points.

Analysis of LSG

LSG need to start well, something that eluded them in the previous match versus GT. The onus will lie on KL Rahul, who departed for a golden duck. If Rahul and Quinton de Kock get going, LSG will feel good about themselves. A lot is also riding on Eoin Lewis. LSG’s middle-order batters, Deepak Hooda and youngster Ayush Badoni, gave a decent account of themselves, and it would be crucial to see these two come alive and play well once again. With the ball, Avesh Khan and Krunal Pandya hold the key for LSG. CSK are a strong side blended with experience, and LSG need to bowl well in order to stop the flow of runs. Spinners will be crucial for LSG in the middle overs like KKR did earlier. Krunal and Ravi Bishnoi can prove to be a handful here. LSG need a response, and to get past the line versus CSK will be a statement of intent. 

Analysis of CSK

After losing to KKR, the four-time champions need a respite of sorts against LSG. The Super Kings have a lot of pedigree and composure in their ranks. They need to start well and keep the runs flowing. Robin Uthappa can come in and add a sense of character. He seems to have found rhythm since getting a chance for CSK last season. The return of Moeen Ali bolsters this CSK side. He is set to replace Mitchell Santner. The Englishman can take the game away from the opponent with his hard-hitting abilities. What was good to see last time was MS Dhoni coming to his element and providing the finishing touches versus KKR. The knock will help MSD be more confident. Ravindra Jadeja needs to contribute with both bat and ball. Dwayne Bravo is CSK’s main force with the ball, and he can be a proven customer. However, CSK need to take a call on Shivam Dube. It remains to be seen if they add another bowler in the ranks.

Head-to-head record

The two teams will meet each other for the first time in the IPL. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

LSG predicted playing XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande

Which team is the predicted winner?

Both sides need a response, and one expects to see a stern battle. However, CSK look like the side to come out on top. They have a much better all-round unit. Moeen Ali’s return is a big plus. He gives more dynamism to a good batting unit. He will also provide the crucial overs with the ball. Batting is CSK’s main strength, and that is where the match will be won. LSG are a decent side, but much responsibility is on Rahul and De Kock. If they fail, questions can arrive. There is a sense of weakness in LSG’s batting, especially in the middle order. The only positive is the presence of Krunal and Bishnoi, and one expects CSK to see the threat and apply pressure. One expects the champions to make a statement of intent.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

As per reports, the average first innings score at this venue is 187.8 across the last five games. Spinners would be crucial and can leave a mark. This season, the first game saw DC chase down MI’s 178-run target. Teams batting first need to score above 185 and then bowl well. The match is slated to start at 7:30 PM IST. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. One can live stream the game on Jio TV and Hotstar app (paid subscription).

The major batting stats on offer

LSG skipper Rahul has racked up 395 runs in 10 innings against CSK at 43.89. He can breach the 400-run mark in this game. Ruturaj Gaikwad (CSK) has so far scored 839 runs across 23 games in the IPL. He has a solid average of 44.16. Ambati Rayudu (3,931) can get past the 4,000-run mark in this game. Jadeja, who has 2,412 runs, can surpass former IPL legend Jacques Kallis (2,427).

The major bowling stats on offer

Dwayne Bravo (CSK) is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the IPL. He has claimed 170 wickets in 152 matches. He can steer clear of Lasith Malinga to become the top wicket-taker. Jadeja (127 wickets) can become the 11th bowler in the IPL to get to a tally of 130.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Hooda, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Dwayne Bravo

Bowlers: Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: KL Rahul, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Dwayne Bravo

Bowlers: Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

KL Rahul: The former PBKS skipper has been IPL’s best batter across the last four seasons in the IPL. He had a rare failure versus GT and will be raring to make a comeback. If Rahul keeps going, it will be hard for any side to stop him.

Ravindra Jadeja: The all-rounder will want to make his presence felt and lift his side up. The CSK captain is a sheer match-winner and is known for his emphatic skills all around the field. Jadeja can make things happen for CSK.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Ruturaj Gaikwad: Since making his debut for CSK in IPL 2020, Ruturaj has shown a sheer level of consistency. He is a top performer and can be a game-changer. He had a rare failure versus KKR, but one can expect him to return stronger and attack the LSG bowlers.

Dushmantha Chameera: The star Sri Lankan pacer can be influential with his wickets for LSG. He has 47 T20I wickets and 91 overall in T20s. In the first game versus GT, he impressed with two scalps. He can be a real deal for LSG and test the CSK personnel.

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