Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants will go head to head in the second Eliminator of IPL 2022.
This match will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 25th May (Wednesday), and the loser in this game will be knocked out of the tournament while the winner will face Rajasthan Royals on 27th May.
Lucknow Super Giants were impressive in the first phase of IPL 2022 as they managed to win 9 out of their 14 matches and finished at the 3rd place on the points table.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore finished in the 4th place with 8 wins and 6 losses from 14 games.
Performance in the previous game
Lucknow Super Giants:
Lucknow Super Giants ended their league stage with a 2-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous game.
Batting first, Lucknow Super Giants posted 210 runs on the board without losing any wicket.
Quinton de Kock played a magnificent knock of 140* runs which is the highest successful score by any wicketkeeper-batsman in the IPL.
KL Rahul also added 68 runs in this record-breaking opening partnership.
Later, KKR tried their best to chase the total but unluckily they fell just 2 runs short of the target.
Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana scored 50 and 42 runs respectively but Rinku Singh played the fighting knock for KKR and smashed 40 runs from just 15 deliveries including 2 fours and 4 sixes.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore registered an 8 wicket over the Gujarat Titans in their last and do-or-die game of the league stage.
RCB chased down the target of 169 runs with 8 balls to spare.
Virat Kohli regained his rhythm to score a match-winning 73 runs for his side.
Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell also 44 and 40* runs respectively for their side in that game.
Teams: LSG vs RCB
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date: 25th May, Wednesday
Time: 7:30 pm IST
Head to head record
Lucknow Super Giants will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second time in IPL history.
Total Matches Played: 0
RCB won: 1
LSG won: 0
Tie/no results: 0
The pitch at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata pitch is known to assist the spin bowlers.
The batting side can also score quick runs by playing sensible cricket.
Chasing the target will be the main preference of both teams due to the dew factor in the second innings.
RCB Probable Playing 11
Faf du Plessis ©, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul, Josh Hazlewood
LSG Probable Playing 11
Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul ©, Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham. Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Star bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga has been the premium bowler for RCB this season.
The Sri Lankan star has picked up 24 wickets from 14 games so far and he is currently the second-highest wicket-taker of this season.
Star batsman of the match
KL Rahul has played a superb knock of 68*runs in their previous match.
The right-hander has scored 537 runs from 14 games and he is also the second-highest run-getter this season.
KL Rahul is likely to play another big knock on Wednesday.
Star Wicketkeeper of the match
Quinton de Kock smashed a record-breaking knock of 140* runs in the previous game and he is the 3rdhighest run-scorer of the season with 502 runs from 14 games.
He will be the star wicketkeeper in this game.
Star all-rounder of the match
Marcus Stoinis has played some crucial cameos for his side in the death overs and he is also a wicket-taking bowler in the middle overs.
Stoinis will be the star all-rounder in this match.
Who will win?
Both RCB and LSG are eyeing their maiden IPL title.
Lucknow Super Giants have played some astonishing cricket throughout this season.
They have a very strong top-order which is their main strength while the bowling lineup is also excellent.
Meanwhile, RCB will be high in confidence after their brilliant win against the Gujarat Titans which is the best side of this season.
The momentum is with RCB and they will come hard on Lucknow. It will be quite difficult for LSG to stop this confident RCB side.
Hence, we predict that Royal Challengers Bangalore will beat Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator of IPL 2022.