The Lucknow team will take on the Chennai team in the 46th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on 4th May, Thursday. Both teams are having good campaigns so far this season. Lucknow and Chennai have each registered five wins and four losses thus far in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. Lucknow’s latest result was an 18-run defeat against Bangalore, while Chennai lost the previous match to Punjab by four wickets.

Lucknow and Chennai will face off against each for the second time in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. In their previous encounter, Chennai registered a 12-run win over Lucknow. Both sides have played against each other twice in the tournament, with each bagging a win. In the league standings, Lucknow and Chennai are currently in third and fourth positions respectively, with 10 points after nine games. In the upcoming match, Lucknow will look to bounce back and end a three-match losing streak at home and Chennai, on the other hand, will hope to end a two-match winless streak.

Players to watch out for

#1 N ul Haq (Lucknow): N ul Haq was impressive with the ball in the previous match against Bangalore, scalping three wickets while conceding 30 runs at an economy rate of 7.50. The 23-year-old made his tournament debut against Rajasthan but went wicketless. However, in the last three matches, the Afghan bowler didn’t fail to take a single wicket. His best bowling figures of 3/30 came against Punjab and Bangalore. This season, N ul Haq scalped seven wickets at an average of 14 and an economy rate of 6.13 in four matches so far. He has a good pace and can deliver the ball in good line and length. ul Haq can be a threat to Chennai’s top order of the batting line-up, given that Lucknow’s pitch favours pacers.

#2 T Deshpande (Chennai): T Deshpande has been a lead pacer and a wicket-taking option for Chennai in the ongoing edition of the tournament. The 28-year-old is currently the second leading wicket-taker of the season, scalping 17 wickets at an average of 21.71 and an economy rate of 11.07 in nine matches so far. T Deshpande is having a breakthrough season and is a surprise contender for Purple Cap. Since D Chahar was out of action for a few matches, Deshpande has been leading Chennai’s pace attack. He has a decent pace and can deliver the ball in good line and length. Though he has conceded runs, Deshpande has taken crucial wickets which turned the game around for Chennai. Since Lucknow’s pitch is favourable for pacers, Chennai will expect him to perform well.

#3 R Bishnoi (Lucknow): R Bishnoi performed well in the previous match against Bangalore, scalping two wickets while conceding just 21 runs at an economy rate of 5.20 in four overs. The 22-year-old managed to bounce by taking two wickets each in two matches after failing to take any wicket in two games. Bishnoi has been one of the impactful bowlers for Lucknow in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. This season, Bishnoi scalped 12 wickets at an average of 22.33 and an economy rate of 7.77 in nine matches so far. Bishnoi is a wrist spinner who can bowl in different variations which may leave batsmen bamboozled. He has often performed in pressure situations. R Bishnoi will look to make an impact again in the upcoming match against Chennai.

#4 D Conway (Chennai): D Conway is having a scintillating run in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. He registered his highest individual score of the season in the previous match against Punjab, scoring an unbeaten 92 off 52 balls at an impressive strike rate of 176.92. Conway is among the contenders for Orange Cap this season as he has amassed 414 runs, including five fifties, at an average of 59.14 and a strike rate of 144.25 in nine matches so far. Conway has been one of the reliable top-order batsmen who can pile runs in the powerplay and build a good partnership with R Gaikwad. Though his aggressive style of play can make him a threat to Lucknow’s bowling line-up, it is interesting to see how Conway performs on a sluggish track.

Predicted Playing XI

Lucknow: K Mayers, KL Rahul/Q de Kock, K Pandya, D Hooda, M Stoinis, N Pooran [WK], K Gowtham, M Wood, N ul Haq, R Bishnoi, A Mishra,

Chennai: D Conway, R Gaikwad, S Dube, A Rahane, M Ali, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni [C/WK], M Pathirana, T Deshpande, M Theekshana,

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: N Pooran

Batsmen: D Conway, K Mayers, R Gaikwad, A Rahane, S Dube,

All-rounder: R Jadeja, M Stoinis,

Bowlers: N ul Haq, T Deshpande, R Bishnoi,

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