Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) can confirm their participation in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifiers with victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) when the two teams face off at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in the evening game on Sunday 15 may.
Trent Boult (2/30) and Yuzvendra Chahal (4/41) then played superbly to limit LSG to 162/8 while Marcus Stoinis (38 from 17 balls) played a blinder as he threatened to withdraw the game but ultimately below 3 points.
Lucknow will be eager to bounce back from this loss and gain confidence as they prepare for the knockout stage.
Trent Boult struck at first to return Srikar Bharat on a duck, but then a 144-point partnership between David Warner and Mitchell Marsh took the game away from the Royals.
A defeat for the Royals will leave them vulnerable to the chasing pack, with Delhi fighting hard to stay alive and the side led by Sanju Samson will want to seal the two points to put some distance between the sides.
LSG v RR Team News:
News from the LSG team: Lucknow debuted Karan Sharma in the last game but the hitter failed to make an impact as he came back with just 4 runs. LSG might give him another chance as they need a bit more batting firepower.
News from the RR team: Shimron Hetmyer missed the final match as he returned to Guyana for the birth of his child. The power hitter is also expected to be out for this game with Rassie van der Dussen coming to take his place.
LSG vs RR pitch ratio: The Brabourne stadium track was great for the batting with Punjab reaching 209/9 in the last game. The last three games on the site have all been won by the team that strikes first and captains will be eager to put a big score on the board.
Where to watch live: The match begins at 7:30 p.m. IST on Sunday, May 15, with the draw scheduled for 7:00 p.m. IST. The match will be broadcast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can also tune in to the action via Disney+ Hotstar.
LSG vs RR Fantasy League top picks:
Best batting picks: Jos Buttler has been in scintillating form this season and leads the batting rating by a wide margin with 625 points in 12 games this season. KL Rahul is the batter directly behind Buttler and the LSG captain has amassed 459 points in 12 games.
Top All-Round Picks: Ravichandran Ashwin just recorded his first IPL fifty and the versatile RR is getting into the habit of contributing with both bat and ball. Krunal Pandya had a poor outing with the bat last game but has 158 runs this season to go with his tally of 9 wickets.
Best Bowling Picks: Yuzvendra Chahal has seen the Purple Cap snatched from its grasp by Wanindu Hasaranga and the RR spinner will be keen to return to the top of the bowling rankings by adding to his impressive run of 23 wickets this season. Meanwhile, Avesh Khan has been in impressive form and is LSG’s top bowler with 16 wickets in just 10 games.
LSG vs. RR Probable Playing XIs
Lucknow Super Giants (predicted XI): Quinton de Kock (WK), KL Rahul (C), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Karan Sharma/Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan and Mohsin Khan
Rajasthan Royals (expected XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (C&WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Rassie van der Dussen, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Sen.
Full teams LSG vs RR:
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (C), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton De Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya and Jason Holder.
Rajasthani Royals: Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair , Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen and Daryl Mitchell.