CSK and LSG reviewing their batting approach following opening losses

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CSK and LSG reviewing their batting approach following opening losses

CSK and LSG reviewing their batting approach following opening losses
The return of ace all-rounder Moeen Ali will be welcomed by Chennai Super Kings(CSK) as they look to enhance their batting performance against Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) in the IPL on Thursday. Both teams are coming off of losses in their respective opening matches. The failure of their top-order has been a recurring theme in their failures, and they will be trying to rectify that at the Brabourne Stadium.

Although it is still early in the two-month IPL, the toss has already shown to be a key factor in the match's outcome. Squads are aiming to put the opponents in with the second innings dew in view. CSK and LSG both lost after batting first at the Wankhede. At the neighbouring CCI ground, conditions are forecast to be similar, with heavy dew expected in the second half of the match.

KL Rahul, the captain of Lucknow, and star opener Quinton De Kock had a poor day on Monday and will be eager to get some runs under their belt. With the IPL putting his captaincy skills to the test, Rahul must lead from the front.

Manish Pandey, an experienced campaigner, and Evin Lewis, a hard-hitting batsman who can take any defence to the cleaners on their day, had a forgettable outing, and the team management will hope that they show up for the celebration. LSG would be relieved that their middle-order, which includes Deepak Hooda, newcomer Ayush Badoni, and Krunal Pandya, came together when their top-order crumbled and the three had to bear the burden once more.

The Lucknow bowlers, on the other hand, will have to quickly forget about their thrashing at the hands of Gujarat. While pacer Dushmantha Chameera bowled well, co-pacer Avesh Khan let up 33 runs in 3.4 overs. The role of the spin three of Ravi Bishnoi, Hooda, and Krunal might also determine the outcome of the game.

CSK would also like to improve their batting performance after scoring only 131 in the first game. They would breathe a sigh of relief if Moeen Ali, a pinch-hitter, was available to play alongside Dwaine Pretorius.

Except for a vintage Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the other batsmen failed in the first match, including Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Devon Conway, and Ambati Rayadu. Ravindra Jadeja, the new captain, would also like to get a huge individual score, as would Shivam Dube, who is in a race against time to show his worth on the IPL arena.

But it'll be interesting to watch who CSK leaves out in order to make room for Ali, who could come in at number three. While all-rounder Dwayne Bravo took three wickets against KKR, others gave up runs, and they'll have to work together to win.