Lucknow Super Giants are all set to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator of IPL 2022 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The KL Rahul-led side finished third in the points table and they are coming on the back of a nail-biting thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous game. The side is likely to bring back regulars like Krunal Pandya and Ayush Badoni for the upcoming fixture after being benched for their last league game.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore finished off their league stage campaign in fourth place with a victory over the Gujarat Titans and also were helped out by Mumbai Indians to make it to the top four. The Faf du Plessis-led side was impressive in both the departments and the franchise will be immensely relieved with their talisman Virat Kohli returning to form. Mohammed Siraj might be brought back into the playing XI at the expense of Siddarth Kaul.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: May 25, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network (Television); Disney + Hotstar app (live streaming).
Both teams will be looking to stack their side with a lot of spin options considering the Eden Gardens pitch traditionally but the possible cloud cover might help the fast bowlers as well. Both skippers will be looking to bat first after winning the toss as any score above 150 is going to be difficult to chase down in a high-pressure encounter.
Probable Playing XIs for LSG vs RCB
Lucknow Super Giants
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
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
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the match
Virat Kohli finally managed to get his form back after a stupendous innings in a high-pressure game against the Gujarat Titans and played a match-winning knock for his franchise. The right-hander adjusted his technique slightly which helped him massively and ended up with a 73-run knock at the top of the order. He will be looking to continue his good form and step up yet again in an important fixture.
Probable best bowler of the match
Josh Hazlewood made a good return in the previous game after going for plenty in the game against Punjab Kings and finished with two wickets The Australian has proved to be an excellent pick by the RCB so far and his economy rate has been phenomenal as well. With his ability to win games on his own, Hazlewood will be a potent option for skipper Faf du Plessis at the death overs and in the powerplay.