Injury-hit Lucknow Super Giants will get another chance to end its jinx at home when it takes on Chennai Super Kings at the Ekana cricket stadium on Wednesday.
The Super Giants’ skipper K.L. Rahul (injured thigh) has joined Jaydev Unadkat (bruised elbow) on the recovery table. The Lucknow camp is tight lipped about the extent of injuries to both players. “The medical team is monitoring them” is the only message coming out of the LSG camp.
After its famed batting line-up failed to chase 127 runs against RCB, Super Giants has to change its batting approach as the match against Super Kings will be played on a similar slow surface. Most of the Super Giants batters self-destructed with rank bad shots and they need to play with more discipline against Super Kings, who have enough ammunition in the spin department to exploit the conditions at the Ekana cricket stadium.
With the experiment of promoting Ayush Badoni as an opener failing, the Super Giants may be tempted to play Quinton de Kock if Rahul is unfit. Deepak Hooda’s poor form is a worry and it is time for Indian players in the LSG ranks to fire collectively to end the team’s slump.
Chennai Super Kings will be hoping for a turnaround after two consecutive losses and it will fancy its chances against the under pressure Super Giants. With a host of in form batters in Devon Conway, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ajinkaya Rahane and Shivam Dube, Chennai has enough firepower in batting. But again adaptability will be the key factor again in this contest.