LSG and RR go head-to-head in a blockbuster clash

If their performance is any indication, the Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals could stage a blockbuster Indian Premier League game on a Sunday night, an iconic venue adding to its charm.

IPL debutants Lucknow Super Giants got off to a great start in their debut season and sit third in the points standings, having won three of their four games.

KL Rahul’s team narrowly lost their opener to fellow debutants Gujarat Titans but have since recorded comprehensive wins over defending champions Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and a very formidable side of the Delhi Capitals.

While Rahul has led the team admirably in games played so far in the lucrative league’s 15th edition, Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda and brilliant youngster Ayush Badoni with the bat have brought great balance and stability to the team. team.

When it comes to bowling, the rhythm duo of Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi have managed to hold their own against some of the most established names in T20 cricket.

After quickly overcoming the opening loss to the Titans, LSG were further bolstered by the addition of West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder in the flank, adding more depth in bowling and batting.

After a six-wicket win against Capitals, LSG will draw a lot of confidence from it in their next outing at Wankhede Stadium. In killing DC, seasoned fly-half Quinton de Kock displayed imperious form with an 80-52 ball, even as Badoni and Krunal Pandya featured in cameos to seal the game for LSG. Krishnappa Gowtham’s economic spell against DC’s formidable batting team has done his confidence a lot of good as the out-spinner approaches the game against the Rajasthan Royals. Rahul came out after getting the start and he would definitely be looking to redeem himself on Sunday.

However, that’s easier said than done against a team like RR, who have established themselves as one of the strongest teams in the competition so far, despite losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore. on his last outing.

Before the setback against RCB, RR won two games, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians by 61 points and 23 points respectively.

Arguably one of the best hitters in the shorter format, Jos Buttler is doing very well, continuing his blazing hundred with a 70 from 47 against RCB. Buttler in form is a huge advantage for RR, who can also look to Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer for quick runs. And then there’s also skipper Sanju Samson, who can tear up any bowling attack once he settles in the middle.

Pacer Navdeep Saini has leaked points in the last two games and it remains to be seen if Riyan Parag, who didn’t contribute the ball, continues to strike at number six.

Playing with three foreign players in Buttler, Hetmyer and Trent Boult, fourth-placed RR has the opportunity to sign a versatile player like Jimmy Neesham to give their XI more balance.

Teams (from): Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (Captain/Wicket), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, James Neesham, Anunay Singh, Daryl Mitchell, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, KC Cariappa.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (captain and week), Quinton de Kock (week), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Evin Lewis, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Andrew Tye, Kyle Mayers, Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Ayush Badoni, Manan Vohra, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Karan Sharma. The match starts at 7:30 PM IST.

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