Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match number 63 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants face each other in match number 20 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. The match is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The KL Rahul-led Lucknow side have collected six points from four games so far. On the other hand, RR have sealed two wins from three. They are a sorted side with sheer balance up their sleeves. 

This is a massive game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and make their presence on the table. Here we present a complete analysis.

Analysis of LSG

LSG pulled off wins over CSK, SRH, and DC after showing character versus GT earlier. This is a good side, and a lot is riding on their opening duo of KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock. Both players have impressed thus far. Not to forget the presence of youngster Ayush Badoni, who has stepped up in his debut IPL season. Deepak Hooda has been solid as well. However, Even Lewis needs to show character after failing in the last few games.

LSG have a decent spin combination of Krunal Pandya and Ravi Bishnoi. They can cause trouble for DC in the middle overs. The inclusion of Jason Holder is a major boost as well. He can serve as a big source of power as a finisher and with the ball. Avesh Khan has done well, and with Andrew Tye adding substance, LSG boast of a solid bowling unit. They can make RR work hard for the runs. Krishnappa Gowtham adds more variety to the ranks too.

Analysis of RR

The Royals somehow lost the plot with the ball in their previous game after being in a position of comfort. RR are a strong side with both bat and ball. Jos Buttler has been in menacing form upfront. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson, and Devdutt Padikkal have done an able job too. The only worry is Yashasvi Jaiswal, who is yet to make any noteworthy contributions. RR have their bases covered and can be a thorn for the LSG bowlers.

In terms of bowling, Yuzvendra Chahal and Trent Boult hold the key. Both are terrific performers, promising consistency and flair. The likes of Prasidh Krishna and R Ashwin need to stand up and support the two. RR will want early wickets versus LSG and have a stiff contest on offer. 

Head-to-head record

The two teams haven’t met in the IPL, and this is a maiden meeting. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

LSG predicted playing XI: KL Rahul, Quinton De Kock, Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, K Gowtham, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Ravi Bishnoi

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag/James Neesham, R Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

Which team is the predicted winner?

This will be a closely fought battle with two supreme sides on offer in terms of both batting and bowling. There is nothing much to separate the two sides. RR will be aiming to make a comeback after faltering versus RCB, and the added impetus may just get the side over the line. One can expect Buttler to be prolific against the LSG bowlers, besides the contributions from Boult and Chahal. We go with a narrow win for RR.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium pitch will assist batters at large with bowlers to have their say at crucial junctures. So far, the wicket has averaged 148.75 across four matches played this season. Also, the chasing side has won on all four occasions.

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

Rahul can be immense for LSG with his consistency. The senior player has managed to score 87 runs off 60 balls by Chahal, being dismissed just once. Quinton de Kock has 2,405 runs in the IPL and can get past Jacques Kallis’ tally of 2,427 runs. Buttler (2,173) is aiming to steer past Rahul Dravid (2,174).

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, Chahal has claimed 146 wickets. He has managed to take seven wickets from three games already. Avesh Khan also has seven wickets in IPL 2022 and 36 overall at 24.33. The battle for Trent Boult versus De Kock will be notable. QDK has 25 runs from 14 balls against Boult, without being dismissed.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Quinton De Kock, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Ayush Badoni

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Trent Boult. Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Quinton De Kock, KL Rahul, Shimron Hetmyer, Ayush Badoni

All-rounders: Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Trent Boult. Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

KL Rahul: The LSG skipper has been the best in business across the last four IPL editions. He has contributed on a decent note so far this season. Rahul will be aiming to score runs atop and set the platform alongside De Kock.

Jos Buttler: The Englishman is the top scorer in IPL 2022. He has already smashed a century and an unbeaten 70. Buttler is enjoying himself in the middle and can take the game away in no time.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Ravi Bishnoi: The young Indian spinner is a class act. He will hope to do what Rahul Chahar has successfully done for Punjab this season. An intelligent bowler, Bishnoi can be a handful for LSG. He has been economical for LSG.

Yuzvendra Chahal: The senior spinner has been highly impressive so far to show his worth for RR. He promises wickets and will want to tie things down in the middle overs. He can be the real difference in this contest.

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