Today the Eliminator match will be played between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will start at 7:30 PM at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. LSG played 14 matches to win 9 and finished third in the league stage with 18 points.
Lucknow’s net run rate was +0.251. While RCB won 8 in 14 matches, its net run rate was -0.253. Due to the run rate, Rajasthan moved to the top-2, and Lucknow was forced to play the eliminator.
LSG vs RCB: Match Preview
Rahul and De Kock can again give a quick start
Lucknow Super Giants have made it to the playoffs on the basis of consistent performances by the batsmen and bowlers. Captain KL Rahul has supported the team in difficult situations on the basis of his excellent batting. Together with Quinton de Kock, he has been giving LSG great starts in almost every match.
Mohsin Khan has impressed all the veterans with his pace and variations. Ravi Bishnoi is handling the spin. After losing a few matches in the last phase, Lucknow reached the playoffs with a grand win against Kolkata. In such a situation, the team will definitely want to reach the second qualifier by winning the eliminator.
Virat Kohli is back in form at the right time
Royal Challengers Bangalore have reached the playoffs as a fourth team. Had the Delhi Capitals team not lost to Mumbai Indians, it would have been facing Lucknow in the playoffs. This is the third consecutive year that the Bangalore team has made it to the playoffs. In such a situation, this time she will try her best to end the drought of 14 years.
After a bad season, Virat’s innings came from Kohli’s bat in the last match. Virat would like to ease the way for the team by playing another big inning. Wanindu Hasaranga’s spin can create trouble for the Lucknow batsmen.
LSG Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul (c), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
RCB Probable XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga Harshal Patel/Akash Deep, Siddarth Kaul/Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.