Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Gujarat Titans (GT) currently hold the top two places in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 points list. They will face each other on Tuesday. Both teams have 16 points from 11 games and a win will seal a play-off berth. While GT is led by Hardik Pandya, his brother Krunal is a senior member of LSG. In this clash, in which the two brothers go head-to-head, Krunal has a “lucky charm” by his side.
The spinning all-rounder posted the following image of a kid, captioning it: “I’ve got my lucky charm by my side for tomorrow’s game @hardikpandya7.” The boy is wearing an LSG jersey and is the son of Hardik Pandya. His name is Agastya.
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) May 9, 2022
On a slippery slope after consecutive losses, Gujarat Titans will need their batters to fire when they take on the high-flying Lucknow Super Giants as both teams aim to make the IPL playoffs. The two newcomers have a dream run in their first season.
While Gujarat led the points list for most of the competition, Lucknow went ahead of them to take the top spot. The Gujarat squad’s winning streak came to an end last week with consecutive losses to Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians.
LSG, who have won their last four matches, would be confident as they head into the game with a morale-boosting 75-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders.
KL Rahul led from the front and the opener is the second highest scorer in the tournament, with 451 runs from 11 games with two hundred and as many fifties.
The team relied heavily on him to get the job done with the bat. But players like Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda have taken on more responsibility in recent games, which will certainly take the pressure off Rahul.
Their bowling unit has done well. While LSG was able to defend 153 against the Punjab Kings, they polish KKR for just 101, with pacesetters Avesh Khan and Jason Holder proving too hot for the former champions.
Gujarat’s stellar performance in the IPL can be attributed to their ability to bounce back from difficult situations. They had several players winning games for them but that wasn’t the case against MI when they failed to get nine runs over to the last one in what should have been an easy chase.
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