Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will lock horns against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the 58th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. In the last face-off between the two teams, LSG managed to win the low-scoring encounter by five wickets.
Both teams are somewhat in a must-win situation with LSG having 11 points from as many matches with five wins to their name. On the other hand, SRH have played 10 matches and won only four which has left them to win all their four matches in order to make it to the playoffs.
SRH are coming into this game with a lot of confidence having chased down a mammoth target of 215 runs against Rajasthan Royals in the last-ball thriller. Abdul Samad was their hero who got lucky with the no-ball on the last ball and then smashed a six when four runs were needed. Glenn Phillips was also the star with the bat scoring 25 runs off just 7 balls.
Meanwhile, Lucknow Super Giants have lost their way a bit ever since their skipper KL Rahul has got injured and subsequently ruled out. They have lost two out of their last three matches with other game ending in No result. They lost to Gujarat Titans by a whopping margin of 56 runs in their previous encounter.
This game is extremely crucial for both teams and a loss could prove hugely detrimental to their chances of making it to the playoffs.
SRH vs LSG head to head IPL record
Below is the head-to-head record between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL.
SRH vs LSG all IPL match results
|2023||Lucknow Super Giants won by 5 wickets||Lucknow|
|2022||Lucknow Super Giants won by 12 runs||Mumbai|
LSG have dominated the match-ups against SRH ever since they have made their debut in the Indian Premier League. In both matches played so far, Lucknow Super Giants have won perhaps comfortably, once by 5 wickets and next time by 12 runs.
The recent match between SRH and LSG was played on April 7 at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. It was a low-scoring affair with SRH posting only 121 runs after opting to bat first in their 20 overs. Anmolpreet Singh scored 31 runs opening the innings while Rahul Tripathi mustered 35 runs taking a massive 41 balls.
Abdul Samad’s unbeaten cameo of 21 runs off 10 balls with one four and two sixes helped SRH post at least a competitive total of 121 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Krunal Pandya, who is now LSG skipper, picked up three wickets for just 18 runs in his four overs. Amit Mishra also starred with the ball returning with the figures of 2/23 in his four overs.
In response, it was certainly not a walk in the park for LSG but they made sure they always stayed ahead in the chase. KL Rahul held one end scoring 35 runs off 31 balls with 4 fours. Krunal Pandya batted brilliantly smashing 34 runs off just 23 balls with 4 fours and a six as LSG reached the target in just 16 overs with five wickets in hand.
SRH vs LSG all-time IPL stats | Top performers
Here is the list of top performers in both departments, when SRH and LSG clashed on 2 occasions since IPL 2022.
|KL Rahul (LSG)||103|
|Rahul Tripathi (SRH)||78|
|Deepak Hooda (LSG)||58|
|Nicholas Pooran (SRH & LSG)||45|
|Krunal Pandya (LSG)||40|
LSG skipper KL Rahul is at the top of the list with scores of 68 and 35 in two matches played against SRH. Overall, he has amassed 103 runs but will not be playing in the third face-off between the two teams. Rahul Tripathi is the best batter for SRH in face-offs against LSG with 78 runs to his name in two matches.
Deepak Hooda slammed a brilliant half-century last year scoring 51 runs off 33 balls and added seven more runs to his tally in the encounter played earlier this season. Interestingly, Nicholas Pooran played for both LSG and SRH in two matches between these two teams. He was part of SRH last year when he scored 34 runs and this season he is with LSG and remained unbeaten on 11 runs in the meagre chase. Krunal Pandya scored 34 runs in the previous face-off and overall has mustered 40 runs against SRH.
|Krunal Pandya (LSG)||5|
|Avesh Khan (LSG)||4|
|Jason Holder (LSG)||3|
|Adil Rashid (SRH)||2|
|T Natarajan (SRH)||2|
Krunal Pandya of LSG tops the charts with five wickets to his name in two matches against SRH. He picked up three wickets in the previous face-off and accounted for two scalps last year. Avesh Khan is in second place with four wickets he picked last year while Jason Holder scalped three wickets for LSG in IPL 2022. Holder is now playing for Rajasthan Royals with LSG releasing him after IPL 2022. Adil Rashid, T Natarajan and Washington Sundar picked up two wickets each in the encounters against LSG.
Best match in the Lucknow Super Giants vs Sunrisers Hyderabad head-to-head
The only match between the two teams last year went right down to the wire. With 16 runs to defend in the last over, Jason Holder gave away only three runs and took the Super Giants home.
Here is a look at how the match unfolded:
Game No.1 – LSG beat SRH by 12 runs
After being put in to bat first, the Super Giants put up a decent score of 169 for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. LSG found themselves in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 27 for three in 4.5 overs.
However, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda put on 87 runs for the fourth wicket to bring their team right back into the game. Hooda was the more attacking batter as he scored 51 runs off 33 balls with three fours and three sixes.
Rahul, on the other hand, played until the penultimate over to score 68 off 50 balls with six fours and one six. Ayush Badoni’s cameo of 19 off 12 took the Super Giants past the 160-run mark. Quinton de Kock and Evin Lewis failed to get into double digits.
Washington Sundar and Natarajan were equally effective as they picked up two wickets apiece and conceded 54 runs. Shepherd also racked up two wickets, but leaked runs at an economy rate of 10.50. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not pick up a wicket but finished with impressive figures of 4-0-25-0.
At the half-way mark, the Sunrisers looked firm favorites to win with their score at 82 for two in 10 overs. Rahul Tripathi and Aiden Markram put on 44 runs for the third wicket to give their team the much-needed momentum.
But once both batters departed in a space of 12 balls, the SRH innings lost momentum. Krunal Pandya got the big wicket of Tripathi, who scored 44 runs off 30 balls with five fours and one six.
Nicholas Pooran churned out some lusty blows to score 34 runs off 24 balls with three fours and two sixes. But his dismissal in the 18th over turned out to be decisive in the context of the game. All of Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, Markram and Washington Sundar got into double digits, but failed to carry on.
Avesh Khan was the pick of the bowlers for the Super Giants after he finished with figures of 4-0-24-4. Holder, who gave away only three runs in the last over, had figures of 4-0-34-3. Krunal Pandya was also hard to get away as he conceded runs at an economy rate of 6.75.