After a low score in the initial matches, Virat showed signs of a return to form by scoring 73 off 54 balls in the last league match against Gujarat Titans. It was his second half-century this season but he played his familiar shots and kept RCB’s hopes alive. Kohli’s form, Dinesh Karthik’s success as a finisher, the fast bowlers’ trio of Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel and the seam-helpful Eden Gardens have added to RCB’s enthusiasm manifold. Having played three IPL finals, RCB is a star-studded team that has repeatedly failed to live up to the expectations of the audience. This time around, he has three-time IPL winner du Plessis who could prove to be his lucky charm.
Karthik’s strong performance
As far as bowling is concerned, India pacer Mohammad Siraj (8 wickets) could not run this season but Hazlewood, Hasaranga and Harshal have impressed. They will again be preparing to wreak havoc on the new pitch in the knockout match. Karthik has proved to be a trump card for RCB, winning several close matches and making a comeback in the Indian team ahead of the T20 World Cup. The 36-year-old Karthik has scored 287 runs in 14 innings in which he remained unbeaten nine times and has a strike rate of 191.33. The RCB batsmen will face the young fast bowlers of Lucknow Avesh Khan and Mohsin Khan. Lucknow also have experienced bowlers like Dushmantha Chameera and Jason Holder but they have not been able to perform consistently this season.
Will be responsible for the opener
Now if we talk about Lucknow, then all its responsibility will be on the opener captain KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock. It will not be easy for the bowlers of RCB, who have been the most successful opening pair of this season, to curb the bats of these two. In the last match against KKR, both of them played an opening partnership of 210 runs, which is also the highest opening partnership in the history of IPL. The team, however, does not have good batsmen in the middle and lower order. No one could walk except Deepak Hooda. Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni and Holder could not do much.
Faf left an impression
In the last encounter between the two teams this season, RCB captain Faf du Plessis left a mark. RCB had scored 181 runs for six wickets with his brilliant innings of 96 runs. In reply, Lucknow’s team could only manage 163 runs for eight wickets in front of Josh Hazlewood’s deadly bowling (4/25). All-rounder Glenn Maxwell scored 23 runs in 11 balls and took one wicket for just 11 runs in two overs.
Lucknow Vs Bangalore (LSG vs RCB Head to Head)
Bangalore had won in the only encounter between the two teams earlier.
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG Playing XI): Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chamira, Avesh Khan
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB Playing XI): Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammad Siraj
Pitch and Weather (LSG vs RCB Pitch Report And Kolkata Weather)
On a pitch favored by spinners, the fast bowlers can get help in the initial overs. However, the team winning the toss would prefer to bowl first. The temperature will be around 36 degrees. There is a chance of rain in the match
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