IPL 2022 LSG vs RCB, Eliminator Preview: With momentum on their side, RCB aim to reach one step closer to the title
With the Eliminator being played at the quick and bouncy Eden Gardens in Kolkata, both teams will expect their fast bowlers to contribute strongly.
RCB on a roll
After losing three matches on the trot, Bangalore had lost their way, but came back strongly with three wins from their last four matches.
The team has momentum on their side, following their 8 wicket win in their last group match of IPL 2022 against Gujarat Titans.
Mumbai's victory over Delhi Capitals to clear RCB's way to the Eliminator has also given them a push and Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and the other RCB boys will be charged up for this contest.
On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants will be kicking themselves for letting the opportunity slip away of having two bites at the cherry. The team was leading the IPL 2022 leaderboard a couple of weeks ago but now find themselves at number 3, where a loss would knock them out of the competition.
That said, the team has been quite consistent over the entire season and would expect the same ingredients to cook something special for themselves on the big night.
KL, QDK join hands
Lucknow will bank on openers Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul to go big as they have a slightly light batting line up. The team went in Evin Lewis and Krishnappa Gowtham in their last group match but are expected to bring back Dushmantha Chameera.
The Sri Lankan quick will be handful on the fast and bouncy surface of the Eden Gardens. In fact, LSG have a terrific pace battery comprising Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera and Avesh Khan and if the conditions turn out to be conducive for the fast bowlers, the likes of Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Glen Maxwell and Dinesh Kartik will find it tough to get going.
Hazlewood to lead the RCB pack
RCB, too, have Josh Hazlewood to exploit the helpful conditions but the Aussie will need support from Mohammed Siraj, who was replaced by Siddharth Kaul in the last match.
Harshal Patel is also an underrated bowler, even on true surfaces.
Predicted Playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Lucknow Super Giants - Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Manan Vohra, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan
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