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LSG vs RR Preview: Both Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals are in the top four but have not fully qualified for the playoffs
The team of Lucknow Supergiants, running in excellent form throughout the season, recovered from the defeat in the previous match, Rajasthan Royals on Sunday. (Rajasthan Royals) With the intention of beating them to secure their place in the play-offs. KL Rahul leading the points table with four consecutive wins (KL Rahul) The team led by Supergiants had lost their number one position to this team with a loss against Gujarat Titans in the previous match. supergiants (Lucknow Super Giants) The team is in second place with 16 points and would not like to lose one more match before the start of the play-off.
Royals will also look to cement their claim of a place in the play-offs by making a comeback after a crushing eight-wicket loss against Delhi Capitals in the previous match. If the team of Spurgiants registers a win on Sunday, then their place in the play-offs will be assured. If the Royals team also registers a win, then it will take another step towards making it to the last four. For the Lucknow team, captain Rahul and Quinton de Kock will once again have to collect most of the runs. Both of them returned to the pavilion cheaply against the Titans and would like to play a good innings against the Royals.
Rahul became the biggest strength of Lucknow
Rahul is one of the second most successful batsmen of the tournament with 459 runs in 12 matches and has hit two centuries and as many fifties so far. De Kock has so far scored 355 runs in 12 matches with the help of three half-centuries. Deepak Hooda is also running in good form and has so far scored 347 runs with the help of three half-centuries. This right-handed batsman also has the ability to play big shots. Royals’ team’s eyes will once again be on England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, who has scored 625 runs in 12 matches with the help of three half-centuries and as many half-centuries. His teammates, however, are not in good form.
Sanju Samson will have to make a comeback
Captain Sanju Samson has once again failed to perform to the best of his ability but his performance has not been so bad either. He has so far scored 327 runs in 12 matches with the help of two half-centuries. The good news for Royals is that Devdutt Padikkal (295 runs in 12 matches) has shown consistency in performance by scoring 31 and 48 runs in the last two matches but the team is still waiting for a bigger innings from him. Shimron Hetmyer (291 runs in 11 matches) played some good knocks and played a key role in the team’s six-wicket win against Punjab Kings, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 16 balls.
Will keep an eye on Chahal and Butler
Ravichandran Ashwin was Royals’ top scorer in the last match against Delhi Capitals and the team will try to tap into his potential as a batsman. Royals will once again rely on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who is joint most successful bowler of the tournament with 23 wickets in 12 matches, to curb batsmen like Rahul and De Kock. Chahal can get good support from Ashwin, Trent Boult and famous Krishna. Bowling, however, is the weak side of the Supergiants and bowlers like Avesh Khan and Jason Holder will have to do better to keep Butler and other Royals batsmen under control. Both of them took wickets against the Titans while Mohsin Khan bowled economical, taking one wicket for 18 runs in four overs.