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Toss Winner - Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and chose to bowl first
Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs
The knockout battle between RCB and LSG
Lucknow Super Giants to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It is the Eliminator game in the Indian Premier League 2022, and we will see the Lucknow Super Giants up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Super Giants won their last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders to finish 3rd on the points table while the Royal Challengers Bangalore did well against the table-toppers Gujarat Titans to earn their entry into this game.
This will be a high-pressure contest as the loser of this game would end its run in the tournament. The Royal Challengers had defeated the Super Giants earlier and this would add to their confidence. However, RCB has its issues with the bat and form of its key players. This will be a high-stakes battle and both sides are expected to throw all they have into this contest. We expect this game to go down the wire.
KL Rahul’s side comes here with a 2-run win against the Kolkata Knight Riders to finish 3rd on the points table. However, Rahul would be slightly upset with the way the side has played in the last few games where we have seen a drop in form, especially from their bowlers. As they head into this high-stakes battle, Rahul would like his players to play well as a unit. They had lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the season and shall look to even it out in this game.
Quinton de Kock and Rahul set up a record 210-run opening wicket stand in the last game and the side would like them to provide an electrifying start in this game. In the middle order, the side would like to see Marcus Stoinis, Evin Lewis and Deepak Hooda build partnerships. All of them have scored runs and the side would need them to deliver here. Krunal Pandya’s comeback would add to the side’s strength and he will look to add runs with Jason Holder down the order.
It was a nightmare for the bowlers in the last game as they nearly threw away the game. Jason Holder must make use of his experience and deliver early blows sharing the new ball with Mohsin Khan who impressed against KKR. Pandya will have to bowl well in the middle overs with Avesh Khan and Krishnappa Gowtham and Ravi Bishnoi. Stoinis is an experienced bowler, and the side would have big expectations from him in this game.
Top Batsman – KL Rahul
Top Bowler – Avesh Khan
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi, M Vohra, Lokesh Rahul, Avesh Khan, Quinton de Kock, Mohsin Khan, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Evin Lewis, Dushmantha Chameera
Faf du Plessis’ side would have to thank the Mumbai Indians who pushed the Delhi Capitals out of the contention for playoffs. The side has been inconsistent and has had to depend on the performances of other sides to qualify for the playoffs. They would like to avoid the fate of the last two seasons where they crashed out in the Eliminator. They had defeated the Super Giants in the league phase and du Plessis would want his players to take inspiration from that win.
Virat Kohli played an important knock in the last game and the side would like to see him excel in what has been a poor season by his standards. He will look to set up a good opening wicket stand with du Plessis. Glenn Maxwell also had a good stay on the pitch, and he will have to take command of the middle order with Rajat Patidar and Mahipal Lomror. Dinesh Karthik has done well, and the side would like to see him score runs with Wanindu Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed.
Josh Hazlewood will have to strike early sharing the new ball with Mohammad Siraj who is expected to make a comeback here. The LSG openers are in brilliant form and the RBC bowlers must break this partnership. Hasaranga has been the strongest pillar in this attack and the side would like to see him deliver his best here. Harhsal Patel, Maxwell, and Ahmed haven’t been consistent, and they would need to come up with good spells in this must-win game.
Top Batsman – Faf du Plessis
Top Bowler – Wanindu Hasaranga
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Mohammed Siraj, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanidu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood
Kolkata would see cloudy skies on May 25 and the conditions are expected to be challenging for the batsmen. Fast bowlers would enjoy bowling here as the ball would move off the surface. It isn’t expected to be a high-scoring game and the side batting first would be happy to have 170 runs on the board.
Eden Gardens, Kolkata has deep boundaries and a flat surface and this evens out the contest between the bat and the ball. The wicket is flat, and this allows batsmen to play on the up. Fast bowlers have been successful in the past and spinners also enjoy bowling here as the deep boundaries offer them additional protection.
There would be some moisture on this surface due to excessive rains in the city and the ball would move in the early overs. The wicket is expected to get better for batting as the game progresses. The side winning the toss would look to take advantage of the conditions by opting to bowl first.
It is a do-or-die contest for the two sides. None of them would want to exit the tournament having come this far. The Royal Challengers Bangalore would need a good show from their middle order as this has been one of the weaknesses of the team this season. The likes of Kohli and Maxwell must deliver for the side to win. The Super Giants have had their struggles with the ball, but the side makes it up with a strong batting line-up. This would put them slightly ahead in the contest.
Lucknow Super Giants to win
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