The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 is well underway, and the third match of the tournament will feature Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Delhi Capitals (DC). The venue for the cricket match is the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium located in Lucknow. However, Both teams will be looking to start their campaign with a win in what promises to be an exciting encounter.

Current Scenario

Regrettably, both LSG and DC will have to do without certain crucial players. LSG will be lacking the presence of Quinton de Kock, while DC will be deprived of the services of Mustafizur Rahman, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi due to their national team commitments. This could have an impact on the team’s performance and strategy going into the match.

Pitch Conditions

The cricket pitch at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium is reputed for its slower pace, indicating that the batters will need to invest some time at the crease to acclimate themselves to the conditions. Moreover, In the past, the team batting first has had an advantage, winning five out of the nine T20 matches played at the venue.

Probable Playing XIs

It is anticipated that the playing XI of LSG will consist of KL Rahul as the captain, Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran as the wicketkeeper, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ayush Badoni, and Jaydev Unadkat. Meanwhile, DC’s probable playing XI could feature David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rilee Russouw, Sarfaraz Khan (wk), Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, and Khaleel Ahmed.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capital’s Team

Probable Best Performers

LSG’s KL Rahul is likely to be their key batsman, given his track record of scoring runs consistently in the IPL. On the other hand, DC will be banking on Kuldeep Yadav to lead their bowling attack and trouble the opposition batsmen with his variations.


Based on the current form and the balance of the teams, LSG seems to have an edge over DC in this match. However, T20 matches can be unpredictable, and DC still has some match-winners in their ranks who could turn the game on its head. It will all come down to which team performs better on the day and handles the pressure situations better.


The match between Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals promises to be a thrilling encounter between two well-matched teams. In addition, The absence of key players on both sides could play a significant role, but it also gives an opportunity for the young guns to step up and make a mark. Further, Fans can expect an exciting game of cricket and hope that their team comes out on top.