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Lucknow Supergiants have an excellent team guided by experienced leaders in Andy Flower and Gautam Gambhir. They are among the favourites to qualify for the play-offs.

Strongest XI :

KL Rahul ©️

Quinton De Kock (wk)

Manish Pandey

Deepak Hooda

Marcus Stoinis

Jason Holder

Krunal Pandya

Krishnappa Gowtham

Dushmanta Chameera

Avesh Khan

Ravi Bishnoi

The opening duo is one of the best this season with both experienced campaigners and a left-right combination. QDK will be the better option for keeping due to his experience as a full-time keeper. The middle order is well balanced with Manish Pandey playing as anchor and Deepak Hooda hitting aggressively. All their finishers are top notch - Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, and Krunal Pandya. All of them are flexible, can control the innings in case of fall of wickets, and do brute finishes. Krishanppa Gowtham provides a pinch-hitting option at 8.

Their spin is world-class with an attacking leggie in Ravi Bishnoi, an economical left-arm orthodox in Krunal Pandya, and an experienced offie in Krishnappa Gowtham. They have all three varieties of spin. However, their pace is a bit lacking. Marcus Stoinis has not been a very handy bowler and Dushmanta Chameera is yet to make a name in the IPL. Jason Holder and Avesh Khan are their leaders and incase either one of them have a bad day, their team will be taken to the cleaners. One option can be to introduce Ankit Rajpoot incase some extra pace is needed. Overall, they should have a high finish. They have proven match-winners and youngsters who can rise up to the occasion. They have great bench strength and they can play more spinners or pacers if needed.

Predicted finish - 2nd

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