Lucknow will take on Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 (Photo: IPL20)
New Delhi: After KL Rahul’s exit from IPL 2023, the Lucknow Super Giants may not have missed him yet, but they will definitely miss him today. Lucknow Super Giants is facing a big threat today, which only KL Rahul has the skill to avert. This looming threat is in the form of Mumbai Indians, which will not be easy for the Lucknow team to beat without KL Rahul.
It is true that Lucknow Super Giants have a record of 100 percent win against Mumbai Indians on IPL pitch. But, it is equally true that in that 100 percent victory, the only hero has been KL Rahul for Lucknow Super Giants.
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Lucknow’s dominance over Mumbai was because of KL Rahul’s bat
In the last season of IPL, Mumbai and Lucknow clashed twice. Both the matches were won by Lucknow. The amazing thing is that in both those matches, KL Rahul scored a century. Incidentally, in both the matches, KL Rahul scored 103 runs and remained unbeaten.
How will Super Giants take on Mumbai without KL Rahul?
Means if KL Rahul’s century is removed in the last two matches, then the batting graph of Lucknow does not show anything. The 26th match of IPL 2022 was the first match between Mumbai and Lucknow, in which Lucknow scored 199 runs while playing first, in which 103 * runs were scored by KL Rahul alone with the help of 9 fours and 5 sixes in 60 balls.
Just like this, the 37th match of IPL 2022 was the second encounter between the two teams. Here also Lucknow Super Giants batted first and scored 168 runs in 20 overs, in which KL Rahul single-handedly scored 103* off 62 balls with 12 fours and 4 sixes.
Mumbai Indians have a good chance
In such a situation, when KL Rahul will not be with Lucknow Super Giants in the first encounter in IPL 2023, then Mumbai Indians will have a good chance to recover the account of the last two defeats including interest. If Mumbai Indians win, then Lucknow Super Giants will be defeated Along with this, they will also have to face the blow of being left behind in the playoff race, which will not be right at all at such an interesting juncture of the tournament.
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