When Lucknow Super Giants and Sunrisers Hyderabad play on Friday at the Ekana cricket ground in the IPL 2023, the return of South Africans will make it difficult for both teams to choose their lineups. (April 7).
Aiden Markram, Henrich Klaasen, and Marco Jansen will assist SRH, but it will be intriguing to see what effect Quinton de Kock has on LSG. LSG gave Kyle Mayers, who did not play a single game last season, the opportunity to start the inning. The West Indies capitalized on the opportunity by scoring consecutive fifties.
After recently scoring 100 off 44 deliveries against the West Indies, Quinton de Kock has a greater chance of making the team. LSG could also allow Mayers and de Kock to bat first, or send one of them to bat one down, but at what cost?
Both LSG and SRH have suffered losses. LSG lost by 12 runs to Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring encounter, and SRH lost by 72 runs to Rajasthan Royals due to poor play.
The only time LSG and SRH met in the IPL was on April 4, 2022. By 12 runs, the Super Giants defeated the SunRisers. Captain KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda helped LSG reach 169/7 before Avesh Khan and Jason Holder limited SRH to 157/9 in Rajasthan.
After their series against the Netherlands, South Africans joined LSG and SRH, which proved to be extremely beneficial. Mohsin Khan is still recovering from a shoulder injury, the only health concern for the LSG squad.
Teams that batted first at the Ekana Cricket Ground have done better. Teams that batted first won 17 of the 31 T20s played at the site. The ground is also better for spins than it is for quick shots.