Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants face each other in match number 12 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Monday.

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants face each other in match number 12 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Monday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. The Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers faced a heavy defeat in their opening game this season and are in search of two crucial points. Meanwhile, after losing against Gujarat Titans in the opener, LSG got past CSK in their second game earlier this week.

This is a crucial 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 SRH

SRH played like how they finished off in 2021 against RR in the previous game. The bowlers were hammered for runs as the Royals posted 210/6. In response, SRH were restricted to 149/7. There are patterns with this SRH side. Too much is riding on the top-order, and if things fail, the side can falter. Nicholas Pooran, at number four, needs to find a way to make an impression in the IPL. He was at his absolute worst last season for PBKS and scored a duck on his debut for SRH. A lot is riding on Pooran and Aiden Markram in that middle-order. 

Bowling-wise, SRH have a familiarity and look good. But consistency is what matters. Umran Malik has a raw pace but lacks control. A lot of onus is on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan. In the spin department, Washington Sundar needs to strike. He needs to have a good game. SRH have to break free from the downgrade in mentality suffered last season. They have a chance to gain some confidence by beating Lucknow.

Analysis of LSG

LSG pulled off a stunning win over CSK after showing character versus GT earlier. This is a good side, and a lot is riding on their opening duo of KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock. They showed how a strong start could lay a foundation for the win. Evin Lewis can cause harm on his day, and he is a crucial asset. The biggest gains for LSG are Deepak Hooda and the uncapped Ayush Badoni. They have won hearts with meaty performances so far. Against a good SRH attack, LSG batters need to come out with a proper mindset and play to their strengths.

LSG have a decent spin combination of Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi. They can cause trouble for SRH in the middle overs. The pace attack needs to get going. The presence of Andre Tye lifts the side up. Dushmantha Chameera and Avesh Khan need more substance to strike gold. If LSG gain control, they can put SRH under pressure on Monday.

Head-to-head record

The two teams haven’t met in the IPL, which is a maiden meeting. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

SRH predicted playing XI: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Kane Williamson (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Romario Shepherd, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

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

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, LSG have the edge over SRH. Despite being under the cosh against GT, LSG found a way to offer a fightback. Against CSK, they defied odds and pulled off a glorious chase. The likes of Rahul and QDK can be ominous. Also, the spin department has more balance and character than SRH. The Orange Army can be vulnerable, and this is what the Lucknow team will target and try to crack. They are being backed to win this tie and hand SRH a second defeat.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium pitch will assist batters and bowlers alike. This has been a trend after a run-fest in the opener. Bowlers will get help up front, and spinners could be influential in the middle overs. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The game will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Kane Williamson has managed 1,887 runs in the IPL. He is 13 shy of the 1,900-run mark. Quinton de Kock, who has 2,324 runs, can surpass Sachin Tendulkar (2,334). Rahul has smashed 3,313 runs in the IPL at 46.66. 31-year-old Tripathi has 1,385 runs and is 15 short of 1,400. He scored a duck in the opener for SRH.

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, Bhuvneshwar has claimed 143 IPL scalps. He can equal Sunil Narine’s tally (145). Bhuvi has conceded 73 runs off 63 balls against Rahul, dismissing him just once. Also, Bhuvi has never dismissed QDK in the IPL.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Aiden Markram, Kane Williamson, Evin Lewis

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Romario Shepherd

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Andrew Tye, T Natarajan, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Aiden Markram

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Andrew Tye, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

KL Rahul: The LSG skipper has been the best in business across the last four IPL editions. He found his substance versus CSK after a golden duck against GT. Rahul will be eager to stamp his authority and score crucial runs upfront.

Aiden Markram: A sheer versatile player, Markram started well by slamming a fifty in SRH’s first game versus RR. He brings immense value to SRH and can be handy with the ball as well. He is the fulcrum.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Ravi Bishnoi: He is a class act. He will hope to do what Rahul Chahar has successfully done for Punjab this season. An intelligent bowler, Bishnoi can be a handful for LSG.

Kane Williamson: After a rare failure in the opener, SRH skipper Williamson will look to score crucial runs upfront. He needs to find the rhythm that makes him a special player. One can back him to come out all guns blazing.

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