Lucknow Super Giants and Delhi Capitals are going to commence their IPL 2023 campaign tonight. The two sides will meet in Match 3 of the season at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. It’s going to be a historic match as Lucknow will host an IPL match for the first time. Meanwhile, fantasy game players looking to know the key stats of Ekana Cricket Stadium Lucknow such as pitch report, T20 records, and last match scorecard at the ground. Here, we are providing key stats of Lucknow Cricket Stadium which you may find helpful.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow is the primary home ground of Lucknow Super Giants and all 7 home games of the team are scheduled to play in this venue. The stadium was inaugurated in 2017 and so far it has hosted 12 international games including 6 T20Is. In 2018, the venue also served as Afghanistan Cricket Team’s home ground in their 3-match T20 series against West Indies.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium Lucknow T20I Records
So far, 6 T20 international matches have been played in Lucknow Stadium and the most recent one was between India and New Zealand in January 2023. The average first innings total on the Lucknow pitch has been 160.
- Total T20I matches played: 6
- Matches won by the team batting first: 5
- Matches won by the team batting second: 1
- Highest team score while batting first: India – 199/2 (20) vs Sri Lanka, 2022
- Lowest team score while batting first: New Zealand – 99-8 (20) vs India, 2023
- Lowest team score while chasing: West Indies – 106-8 (20) while chasing 147 vs Afghanistan
- Biggest total chased: India chased 99 vs New Zealand (Only score chased in this vanue)
- Lowest Score Defended: Afghanistan defended 147 vs West Indies, 2019
- Lucknow Cricket Stadium average score in T20I: 160
- Best bowling figures for a spinner: Kuldeep Yadav – 2/32 vs West Indies, 2018
- Best bowling figures for a pacer: Karim Janat – 5/11 vs West Indies, 2019
- Total wickets taken by spinners: 19 in 6 games (3.1 wickets per match)
- Total wickets taken by pacers: 51 in 6 games (8.5 wickets per match)
- Highest score by a batsman: Rohit Sharma – 111*(61) vs West Indies, 2018
Ekana Cricket Stadium Lucknow IPL Records
To date, Lucknow hasn’t hosted any IPL match. The LSG vs DC match today is going to be the first-ever Indian Premier League match at the venue. Although, Lucknow has hosted other leagues such as Legends League Cricket and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches as well.
Lucknow Cricket Stadium Pitch Report
If we look at the past T20 records at Ekana Cricket Stadium Lucknow pitch, the team who has batted first has won most of the time. But things were totally different in the recently concluded IND vs NZ T20 here. New Zealand could only score 99 runs while batting first. These things can apply in the IPL 2023 season as well.
Lucknow Cricket Stadium uses black soil pitches which are considered pace friendly. However, if batsmen cement their feet, the runs can come easily. Spinners are expected to play their part in Lucknow during middle overs.
Dew is going to play its part in the night matches at Ekana Cricket Stadium. The bowling in the 2nd innings will become tough as dew makes the ball wet and bowlers find it hard to grip. So after winning the toss, a wise decision here would be choosing to bowl first.
IPL Matches in Lucknow 2023
This year 7 matches are scheduled to play in Ekana; 5 night games and 2 will be in the afternoon. The Lucknow Super Giants have practiced here in the previous season but haven’t played any match before today. Seven franchises except Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals will tour Lucknow to play against LSG.
|1 April||LSG vs DC||7:30 PM|
|7 April||LSG vs SRH||3:30 PM|
|15 April||LSG vs PBKS||7:30 PM|
|22 April||LSG vs GT||7:30 PM|
|1 May||LSG vs RCB||7:30 PM|
|4 May||LSG vs CSK||3:30 PM|
|16 May||LSG vs MI||7:30 PM|
Lucknow Last T20 Match Scorecard
The last match in Lucknow was played in January 2023 between India and New Zealand. It turned out to be a low-scoring game as Rohit Sharma and co. bowled out Kiwis at only 99. However, the chase was intense as the game went to the last over.
|New Zealand : 99-8 (20)||India : 101-4 (19.5)|
|Mitchell Santner : 19*(23)||Suryakumar Yadav : 26*(31)|
|Mark Chapman : 14(21)||Ishan Kishan : 19(32)|
|Michael Bracewell : 14(22)||Hardik Pandya : 15*(20)|
|Arshdeep Singh : 2 – 0 – 7 – 2||Michael Bracewell : 4 – 0 – 13 – 1|
|Yuzvendra Chahal : 2 – 1 – 4 – 1||Ish Sodhi : 4 – 0 – 24 – 1|
|Kuldeep Yadav : 4 – 0 – 17 – 1|