While the playoff structure provides an additional opportunity for the top two teams, it makes the next two teams’ tasks much tougher. A team participating in the Eliminator game must win three consecutive matches to win the title. This accomplishment has never been accomplished before.
Both the Lucknow Supergiants and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, however, must be fired up in order to rewrite history. Both teams have put forth a lot of effort to get this far. They will leave no stone unturned in their quest to reach the final and win the ultimate prize.
The batsmen have benefited from the Eden Gardens surface in past games. The bowlers have found it quite difficult to get their rhythm on this belter of a track, but with rain forecast for the next two days, spinners are anticipated to benefit greatly.
Probable Playing XIs
Lucknow Super Giants:
KL Rahul (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Evin Lewis, Manan Vohra, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Faf du Plessis (C), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul, Josh Hazlewood
Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul will be the best performer for his team, scoring 537 runs in 14 games.
KL Rahul’s opening partner Quinton Dekock scored 500+ runs in IPL2022. The wicket-keeper batsman played an outstanding innings of 140 runs off only 70 deliveries against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Avesh Khan has taken 17 wickets in the ongoing IPL. He made an impact from an injury.
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis has performed well so far in the tournament. Faf du Plessis has scored 443 runs in 14 matches.
Glenn Maxwell will be a crucial player with bat and ball for RCB, having scored 268 runs and taking 6 wickets in 10 matches. Maxwell played a quick- fire innings of 40 runs off only 18 balls against Gujarat Titans and also took a crucial wicket as well.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been excellent throughout the tournament. The Srilankan bowler picked 24 wickets and is the second leading wicket taker in the IPL2022.
Wicket-Keepers: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen: Deepak Hooda, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga
Captain and Vice Captain Choices
KL Rahul, Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Quinton de Kock