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IPL: RCB vs LSG Eliminator 2 Predictions

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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.

Match details

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

 Pitch Report

 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.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –

 

He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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Fans troll Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in Ranji Trophy 2024

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Ajinkya Rahane

Fans trolled Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. The experienced batter has been going through a lean patch in the ongoing tournament and has not been able to contribute to the team in any capacity. It has frustrated the fans to the core who want to see him back in the Indian team.

In the WTC 2023 final, Rahane last appeared for India. Although he was impressive with a score of 90 in the first innings and a 30 odd in the second innings, Rahane was not picked for the series following it. India seems to have moved on from him, as the experienced batter did not feature in the series against the West Indies, South Africa, and England.

However, the fans were angry with the fact that the star batter was left out of the series. The furious nature of the fans led them to claim that the right-handed batter would certainly return to the Indian squad by performing in the Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. But it does not seem to be a good tournament with the bat for Rahane, who has struggled to score a single hundred for Mumbai.

Poor performance in the quarterfinal against Baroda

His struggles in the Ranji Trophy continued even in the quarterfinal match against Baroda. Batting first, Mumbai scored 384 runs. Rahane was poor with the bat again as he was dismissed for just 3(13). His dismissal paved the way for the great innings of the U19 World Cup 2024 hero Musheer Khan, who scored a double hundred and shined with the bat. He did not have a good 2nd inning either.

As Baroda replied with a score of 348 runs, Mumbai got off to a decent start before Rahane got a chance to bat for the 2nd time. In the 2nd inning, he had a worse outing. The 35-year-old registered a 4-ball duck and became the scapegoat of the anger of the fans. The Mumbai batter has been trolled on social media by the fans, who believe that his time is up in cricket.

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