LSG vs RCB Eliminator: The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League has found four worthy teams that will now compete for the IPL title. The Qualifier 1 will take place between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, and the Eliminator will be played between Lucknow Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday. The match will start on May 25, at 7:30 pm at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Both teams will not leave anything behind because all their journeys this season depend on this match. A loss in Eliminator will mean closing the door after coming so close to the trophy. So these two teams would like to win this match to move one step closer to the IPL title. So let’s check out the complete details of the match and possible XI.
LSG vs RCB Eliminator: Match Preview and Prediction
Lucknow Super Giants
KL Rahul and his team will be regretting that they lost the chance to finish in the second spot on the league table. They only have themselves to blame because of their two big defeats at the hands of GT and RR. They finished in third place and now will have to play in the Eliminator. However, they came back strong against KKR in their last match and both made a record opening stand of 210 runs.
But the bowlers almost gave away that match too, but in the end, a few good overs helped them to register a close win of two runs. So they will have to look into that matter. Their premier bowler, Avesh Khan, went for 60 runs in his four overs. So if they lose the toss against RCB, it will be hard for them to defend. LSG has already lost to RCB once on the league stage, so they need to be careful this time.
Probably XI: Quinton de Kock (Wk), KL Rahul (C), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni/Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham/Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis and his team got lucky that MI won their last match against DC and that gave RCB the chance to finish at the number four spot. Or else it was DC that was supposed to qualify. But what everyone says, “luck favors the brave,” and RCB played brave cricket in their last league game against GT. They just outplayed the table-topper in both departments of the game. Now they must be confident and, with luck in their favor, they can do anything on the ground.
RCB have already beaten LSG once, and with a spirited team, they are looking like the true contenders for the title now. The form of Virat Kohli is a huge boost for the team because he knows how to win matches in pressure situations. The overall team is looking good now and needs three wins to win their maiden title.
Probably XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (C), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (Wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul/Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
LSG vs RCB Eliminator: Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The traditional pitch at the Eden Gardens always assists spinners. And both teams have the best spinning bowlers in the competition, so that will be another battle to watch. However, the toss becomes more crucial in a knockout game. The team winning the toss would like to bat first to put some runs on the board and put pressure on other teams.
LSG vs RCB: Head to Head
Both teams have played once only, in the 31st fixture of the TATA IPL 2022. And it was Royal Challengers Bangalore who came out victorious in that match, beating LSG by 18 runs. RCB gave them a target of 182 and LSG made 163 in their 20 overs.
IPL 2022: LSG vs RCB: Players to watch out for
Virat Kohli was the man behind their win over the Gujarat Titans that helped RCB to finish in fourth place. He came back into his rhythm with a knock of 73 runs. However, he was out on the first ball against LSG the last time, so he would like to score some big runs this time. So far, Kohli has scored 309 runs at an average of 23.76, including two half-centuries.
Wanindu Hasaranga is chasing Chahal for the “Purple Cap” this season. He is at his absolute best and is taking wickets in every match. He needs to take a few more wickets to come over Chahal. Hasaranga has picked up 24 wickets at a bowling average and economy rate of 15.08 and 7.38 respectively and is the second highest wicket-taker.
Quinton De Kock was in beast mode in the last match against KKR. He scored the highest individual score of the season. He was unbeaten on 140 off 70 balls, including ten fours and ten sixes. So far, he has scored 502 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38.61 and a strike rate of 149.60, respectively.
Avesh Khan had a horrible day in the last match, but he is smart enough to bounce back. His team is counting on him to deliver in this crucial match, just as he has done so far this season. Avesh has taken a total of 17 wickets at a bowling strike rate of 15.4 and an economy of 8.51.
IPL 2022: Playing 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Quinton De Kock (LSG), KL Rahul (LSG)
Batsmen: Virat Kohli (RCB), Faf du Plessis (RCB), Deepak Hooda (LSG), Mahipal Lomror (RCB)
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Jason Holder (LSG)
Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood (RCB), Avesh Khan (LSG), Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB)
Tips: Quinton De Kock will be the captain of the team. Virat Kohli or Faf Du Plessis will be the vice-captain. Both teams have big power-hitters in their ranks. RCB won their previous game and are high on confidence. So we will back Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.