Rahul will have greater confidence when he comes up against Shami this time.

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will meet the Gujarat Titans (GT) in match number 57 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Tuesday. Lucknow have replaced Gujarat and are on top of the points table. They have 16 points from 11 matches and have won their last four matches in a row. Gujarat also have the same number of points but are below LSG on the net run-rate scenario. In their previous match, Lucknow thumped the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 75 runs, putting up an excellent all-round show. Gujarat go in having choked against the Mumbai Indians (MI). They were in command in the match until the last two overs where they, somehow, lost all the momentum. Here are five player battles in the LSG vs GT clash.

1. KL Rahul vs Mohammed Shami: When these two sides met in the first half of IPL 2022, Mohammed Shami produced a beauty to send back KL Rahul first ball. The wicket set the tone of the match as Gujarat went on to defeat Lucknow with ease. Rahul will have greater confidence when he comes up against Shami this time. He has been in sublime form and will be keen to make an impact against good friend Hardik Pandya’s side this time. Shami has gone off the boil in recent games. But he keeps producing the magic deliveries. Can he do the same against Rahul once more?

2. Wriddhiman Saha vs Avesh Khan: Wriddhiman Saha has made a big difference to the Gujarat batting ever since he has replaced Matthew Wade at the top of the order. He has scored quickly in the powerplay and has taken a lot of pressure off Shubman Gill. As a result, the latter has got enough time to bat his way back into form. Saha’s job will be to continue playing the attacking role. He will be challenged by Avesh Khan. The LSG bowler has been difficult to get away and has claimed key wickets for the franchise. Lucknow will want him to get rid of Saha early, considering how dangerous he can be.

3. Deepak Hooda vs Rashid Khan: Deepak Hooda has been the much-needed X-factor for LSG in the middle overs. He has played quite a few aggressive knocks. There have been games in which Lucknow have been in trouble and Hooda has come in and taken on the opposition bowlers. The results have been mixed but when the right-handed batter has been on top, he has ensured that he has put the team in a good position. The way he bats, Hooda will look to take on Rashid Khan for sure. Of course, it won’t be easy as the GT leggie has some wonderful tricks up his sleeve. He will look to fox Hooda with his variations for sure. This should be an exciting battle.

4. Hardik Pandya vs Ravi Bishnoi: GT skipper Hardik Pandya has lost a bit of rhythm in his batting in the last few matches. He will be keen to get back among the runs. Without contributions from him, Gujarat have struggled in the batting. The same has been evident in the last couple of matches. Hardik would be aware of the same and hence would be keen to leave his mark on the game. LSG leggie Ravi Bishnoi has been steady without putting up an exceptional performance. He has the knack of picking up big scalps though. If he can get rid of Hardik, he would have done a good job.

5. Rahul Tewatia vs Mohsin Khan: At the death, GT’s Rahul Tewatia is as dangerous as it gets. He will be looking forward to another impactful performance against LSG. Lucknow though have uncovered a gem in Mohsin Khan. The pacer has been sensational in the few matches that he has played. He has the ability to bowl wicket-taking deliveries. Can he come up with one to get the better of the dangerous Tewatia?

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