Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bat first against Delhi Capitals in the 45th match of the IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Sunday.
Lucknow, who have won six matches so far, made one change in their playing XI as Krishnappa Gowtham came in place of Avesh Khan.
“We are going to bat first. Looks a good wicket, put some runs on the board and defend it. Try and go out there, put a par total on the board and back our bowlers,” said Rahul at the toss.
“Mistakes do happen, we just had an honest chat that we could have been smarter. It happens under pressure, spoke about that and guys are honest to accept their mistakes. Avesh Khan misses out and Gowtham comes in,” said Rahul about the previous match against Punjab Kings, which they won by 20 runs.
“Avesh is just coming from a small injury, didn’t want to play him back-to-back,” he added.
On the other hand, the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi, who have won four matches so far, didn’t make any change in their team for this crucial game.
“We don’t mind because we were in two minds. The wicket is looking on the slower side but this is a new wicket and no team has played on this wicket. We are always trying to improve the way we play. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but you got to take positives and move forward. We are playing with the same team. He (Nortje) is coming off nicely,” said Pant.
Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya.
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock(w), KL Rahul(c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi.
(Inputs from IANS)