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We have a top four clash to enjoy in the early IPL game on Saturday as Lucknow Super Giants host Gujarat Titans. The bookies are unable to separate the two teams ahead of the match with them sharing odds of 10/11 (1.91) to win the game.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans, Match 30
- April 22, 2023 – 11:00 GMT
- BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
This is only the fourth IPL match to be played at this venue and we have seen good contests between bat and ball so far in this competition. Any score above 185-190 will be very hard to chase down in the second innings of the match.
The weather forecast is for plenty of cloud across this fixture in Lucknow. However, it will still be warm with the temperature above 30 degrees from start to finish.
Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans – Match Predictions
These are two of the strongest teams in the tournament although Gujarat Titans have lost two of their last three matches. Lucknow Super Giants won the top of the table clash against Rajasthan Royals earlier in the week and we are backing them to win this match also.
Lucknow Super Giants to hit most sixes
Mark Wood to be Lucknow Super Giants' Top Bowler
Throughout the 2023 IPL so far, Lucknow Super Giants have cleared the ropes on a far more regular basis than Gujarat Titans. The Super Giants have hit 8.50 sixes per game on average compared to the 5.60 average from the Titans. Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis and Nicholas Pooran are all big six-hitters and we have Lucknow Super Giants as our prediction to hit the most sixes in the match.
Our prediction: Lucknow Super Giants to hit most sixes in the match at 8/11 (1.73).
Based on his performances so far in the tournament, the only thing which will prevent Mark Wood from leaving this competition without the Purple Cap (awarded to the top wicket taker) is either injury or illness. The English pace bowler is second on the wickets list with 11 and second in the strike-rate list on 8.72. He has been putting his feet up since last Sunday and we expect him to be fired up for this contest.
Our prediction: Mark Wood to be Lucknow Super Giants’ highest wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Even though he is yet to hit a half-century in the 2023 IPL, KL Rahul is still as high as 12th on the run scorers list for this campaign. The reason for this is his consistency and a big score is not far away. We expect him to put in his best performance of the tournament in this game and to take the Man of the Match award.
Our prediction: KL Rahul to be the Man of the Match at 7/1 (8.00).
Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans
This will be only the third head to head between the Super Giants and the Titans. They were the new franchises in the 2022 IPL and Gujarat Titans won both meetings, including a 62 run victory in the last clash.
Lucknow Super Giants
The big call for the team management at Lucknow Super Giants ahead of this game is whether or not Mark Wood is fit enough to be selected. He is their number one bowler and, after sitting out the win over Rajasthan Royals, we expect him to be in the team for this clash.
Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krunal Pandya, Yudhvir Singh, Mark Wood, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
The Titans started their last match with three overseas players in their XI and that gave them more flexibility with their impact substitute. We are anticipating Hardik Pandya to announce an unchanged side for this match as they look to find their form once more.
Predicted XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
With two IPL games to watch on Saturday, you will want to clear your schedule and watch the ups and downs of both matches. You can watch Lucknow Super Giants vs Gujarat Titans via the Sky Go App or on the Sky Sports Cricket Channel.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- Sky Go (Streaming)
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