Sunrisers Hyderabad have opted to bowl first after winning the toss against Lucknow Super Giants. An interesting change can be seen in the team selection of Lucknow Super Giants as they have decided to go for Jason Holder instead of Dushmantha Chameera. To make place for the West Indies all-rounder, one overseas player had to be kept out.
KL Rahul said, “We wanted to bowl first as well, that has been the trend. We have one change. Holder comes in for Chameera. With the new ball you always try and hit that good area really assess what the pace is on that particular wicket and we obviously do a bit of homework before the game and it all comes down to the execution.” He explained, “We picked Jason in the auction because he is a top all-rounder going around in the world. He can swing the new ball and do some damage at the back end as well. Both games the lower and middle order have done well and that gives us confidence to go hard at the top. For a youngster (Ayush Badoni) to out there and get the job done for the team, to really stay calm and back his game is really good to see. Fingers crossed, he can continue the same form and keep doing the damage for us at the back end of the innings.”
Kane Williamson, after winning the toss said, “We are gonna have a bowl. We did take the conditions into account, we have seen similarities in number of the early matches and trying to get something from the surface first up and maybe some dew later on. We are playing the same team. It’s good (elbow injury) and nice to be out here playing, looking forward to the game today.”
Lucknow Super Giants (Playing XI):
KL Rahul(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Manish Pandey, Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Andrew Tye, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI):
Kane Williamson(c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran(w), Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Romario Shepherd, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik