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Powerplay blues haunt LSG: Will they find batting spark against CSK?

Powerplay blues haunt LSG: Will they find batting spark against CSK?

LSG's success hinges on finding solutions for their top-order woes. A strong start with the bat will be crucial against a confident CSK side, making this match an intriguing battle for supremacy.

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) face a crucial test against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday. After a promising start with three consecutive wins, LSG have stumbled, losing their last two matches. Their struggles stem from a top-order batting collapse and inconsistencies in both batting and bowling.

Top-order Woes plague LSG

Openers Quinton de Kock and captain KL Rahul haven’t capitalized on starts, while Marcus Stoinis at number four has been unreliable. This has put pressure on the middle order, particularly Nicholas Pooran, the team’s leading scorer.

LSG’s powerplay batting average, the worst in the IPL this season, is a clear indicator of their top-order woes. Struggles at the death overs haven’t helped either, with LSG managing the lowest scoring rate in that phase.

LSG return to Ekana Stadium

There’s a glimmer of hope for LSG. They’ll be playing on a red-soil pitch at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, a surface that favors both batsmen and pace bowlers. This is the same ground where they successfully defended a score of 199 in their first match.

CSK Aim to extend winning streak

However, LSG face a resurgent CSK side riding high on back-to-back victories. CSK’s potent pace attack and the ability of their batsmen to thrive in high-scoring encounters make them a formidable opponent.

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Key Matchup: Shivam Dube vs LSG Spinners

A crucial factor in the upcoming match will be how LSG handle the in-form Shivam Dube of CSK. Last season, LSG’s Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Dube after conceding two sixes in the same over. Will LSG unleash Bishnoi again or take a different approach against the dangerous hitter?

LSG’s success hinges on finding solutions for their top-order woes. A strong start with the bat will be crucial against a confident CSK side, making this match an intriguing battle for supremacy.

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