Both teams lost their opening games of IPL 2022 but some of their players did hit form
Newbies Lucknow Super Giants and oldies Chennai Super Kings both lost their opening games of IPL 2022, but neither side would be fussed just yet. In fact, Super Giants’ captain KL Rahul went on to say they “couldn’t have started the campaign in any better way”.
After getting their feet wet, both sides will now be eyeing first points.
In the news
Super Giants will once again be without Jason Holder, who will only be available from their next match. There is no official word on Andrew Tye though. If available, he could replace Mohsin Khan given they had picked only three overseas players in their last game.
Lucknow Super Giants 1 KL Rahul (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Ayush Badoni, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Andrew Tye/Mohsin Khan, 9 Dushmantha Chameera, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Avesh Khan
Chennai Super Kings 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 2 Devon Conway, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Moeen Ali, 5 Ambati Rayudu, 6 Ravindra Jadeja (capt), 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Shivam Dube, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Adam Milne, 11 Tushar Deshpande
At the 2021 T20 World Cup, Moeen was impressive with the ball in the powerplay. In 11 overs in that phase, he picked up five wickets at an economy rate of 5.7. Super Kings can pit him against de Kock. While de Kock has taken 53 runs off 38 balls against Moeen, the offspinner has dismissed him four times in eight T20 innings.
Stats that matter
- Since 2018, no one has hit more sixes in the IPL than Rahul. In 56 innings, he has cleared the boundary 110 times.
- In the same time frame, Dhoni has hit the joint-most sixes for an Indian in overs 16th to 20th. Both Dhoni and Hardik Pandya have hit 51 sixes each.
- While Jadeja has never dismissed Rahul, he has conceded only 39 runs off 38 balls to him in all T20s.
- In the IPL, Adam Milne has taken only seven wickets in ten matches, at an economy of 9.47. Outside of the IPL, he has taken 144 wickets in 127 games at an economy of 7.52.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo