It’s time for the Eliminator! Yes, you read that right, folks! The name itself brings a certain kind of excitement and anxiety with it but that is how sports work and a game like this are the once that brings out the best and most exciting cricket with the kind of pressure attached to t. Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are the teams who will be locking horns against each other at one of the most iconic grounds in the world of cricket, Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The team led by KL Rahul ended third in the points standings, and they are coming off a nail-biting thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous game. After being benched for their last league game, the team is expected to bring back regulars like Krunal Pandya and Ayush Badoni for the forthcoming match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, finished fourth in the league stage after defeating the Gujarat Titans and were also propelled to the top four by the Mumbai Indians. The Faf du Plessis-led team performed admirably in both departments, and the franchise will be relieved to see their talisman Virat Kohli return to form. Mohammad Siraj could return to the starting lineup in place of Siddharth Kaul.
LSG vs RCB – Match Details
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: May 25, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network (Television); Disney + Hotstar app (live streaming).
Given the Eden Gardens pitch’s history, both teams will attempt to stack their sides with a lot of spin options. However, the cloudy cover may benefit the fast bowlers as well in the initial power-play overs.
After winning the toss, both captains will look to bat first because any score exceeding 150 will be difficult to chase down in a high-pressure match.
Royals Challengers Bangalore
RCB’s leading run-scorer this season is Faf du Plessis, who has led the team from the front. The South African scored 96 runs off 54 deliveries in the opening game against LSG, earning him Player of the Match honours.
Lucknow Super Giants
Lokesh Rahul has scored the most runs for LSG this season. In 14 matches, he has scored 537 runs at an average of 48.81. The LSG skipper has scored 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries in the tournament so far.
Royals Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul/Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra/Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham/Krunal Pandya, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi.