Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore will face each other in match number 72 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 31 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Tuesday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams have been superb in the ongoing season, and there’s not much to separate them. Also, both sides have claimed four wins from six games and are looking as contenders for the playoffs. 

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points.

Analysis of LSG

KL Rahul’s LSG have done a decent job so far, piling up wins when needed. In Rahul and Quinton de Kock, they have two of the fiercest T20 openers. Rahul showed why he is such a crucial player, hammering a century in the previous game. Marcus Stoinis adds more dimension to all three departments. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni are good personnel to have in the side. Manish Pandey got some runs at number three versus MI, which was crucial. In Krunal Pandya, LSG have someone who can bring quality as a finisher. Overall, they have a solid batting unit, and there is a lot to be wary of.

Bowling-wise, Avesh Khan continues to be the star attraction. He has been amongst the wickets. Also, Ravi Bishnoi has done a commendable job so far. In Dushmantha Chameera and Jason Holder, the side gets two valuable experienced names on offer. Also, Stoinis can be an influential factor with the ball. This is a well-balanced LSG side with plenty of match-winners. 

Analysis of RCB

For RCB, the return of Josh Hazlewood is a big plus. He has shown his credentials since coming on. He lends character in that bowling unit, boasting the likes of Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga. Hazlewood claimed three wickets versus DC the other day. RCB have a variety on offer, and that can test LSG batters. Mohammed Siraj needs to find his rhythm and build from the two-wicket spell against DC.

Batting-wise, RCB look short in that top-order. Despite the promise, both Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli have failed to get going. Anuj Rawat has been inconsistent. A lot then revolves around the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell; RCB have two champion performers on offer. Their muscles in the middle-order can be of huge help alongside Shahbaz Ahmed, who can be handy in terms of quick runs. If Maxi and DK have a poor game, RCB may be in trouble.

Head-to-head record

This is the first outing between the two sides versus each other.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

LSG probable XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep.

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, both sides will have a shout in terms of a win here. Things are expected to be close in what can be a stern contest. However, looking at the complete scenario, we feel RCB may pull this one. They are playing confidently, and the experience of players like DK and Maxwell is proving to be important. LSG can be questionable in terms of batting, especially if Rahul and QDK fail. They can be a bit nervous. RCB have the better finishers.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The pitch at this venue is good for batting early on. The track has a good amount of pace and bounce, which can help batters play good cricketing shorts. The ground also has big boundaries, which can be a plus point for the bowlers. A score of 190-plus seems to be a par score. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

KL Rahul surpassed the 3,500-run mark in the previous game and is now six sixes away from registering a mark of 150 (144). He will look to have a sound game versus RCB, against whom he has scored 501 runs, including 39 fours and 29 sixes. QDK (2,468) needs 32 more to strike 2,500 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

Avesh Khan and Hasaranga have both taken 11 wickets this season in the IPL and can be influential. Harshal has 84 scalps and needs two more to surpass Albie Morkel (85). Harshal will aim to dismiss KL Rahul for the maiden time in IPL, giving away 30 runs off 16 balls.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Faf du Plessis, Manish Pandey

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Holder

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

KL Rahul: The LSG skipper has 235 runs in IPL 2022 at 47.00. He is in good touch, despite getting two golden ducks. He is the chief performer for the LSG side. He can play a substantial innings and take the game away.

Dinesh Karthik: A sheer versatile player, Karthik has been brilliant so far, being the perfect match-winner. He came in and struck the ball all over the park. This could be another game where he enjoys himself and brings value.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Avesh Khan: The LSG pacer has bagged 11 wickets after a strong season in 2021 for DC. He knows his job and can target RCB’s top order. Avesh can derive maximum points.

Glenn Maxwell: The Aussie international can have maximum impact and be the desired match-winner. He brings so much to the side, and his experience will be vital. Maxwell can power RCB to good totals.

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