Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in a match scheduled for 1930 IST (1400 GMT) in Lucknow.

Team News

Team news indicates that Shamar Joseph will not feature yet for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), with the Kings likely to remain unchanged. LSG's coach Langer acknowledged that while Joseph's potential is recognized, his youthfulness warrants caution. 

Langer expressed admiration for Joseph's spirit and athleticism but indicated that he is unlikely to play in the upcoming match. LSG has historically fielded three overseas batters and one foreign bowler, a strategy that has brought them success, although the final XI will be determined on Saturday.

On the other hand, Punjab Kings (PBKS) are expected to maintain their lineup from the previous game unless there are any injuries. In their first match, LSG replaced specialist bowler Yash Thakur with spin-bowling allrounder Deepak Hooda during the chase. 

Depending on the pitch conditions favoring spin over pace, LSG might opt to utilize Hooda throughout the game and include a specialist batter like Ayush Badoni or Devdutt Padikkal in a key role.

The probable XI for LSG includes Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul (captain), Devdutt Padikkal, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, with Yash Thakur or Shivam Mavi as potential additions.

PBKS, on the other hand, is expected to field Shikhar Dhawan as captain, along with Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Shashank Singh, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, and Arshdeep Singh as the possible lineup.

 They have utilized Prabhsimran Singh and Arshdeep Singh as impact substitutes depending on the toss result in previous games, a strategy likely to be continued.