Today the Eliminator match will be played between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The match will start at 7:30 PM at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. LSG played 14 matches to win 9 and finished third in the league stage with 18 points. Royal Challengers Bangalore have reached the playoffs on the basis of luck. Had the Delhi Capitals team not lost to Mumbai Indians, it would have been facing Lucknow in the playoffs.
This is the third consecutive year that the Bangalore team has made it to the playoffs. In such a situation, this time she will try her best to end the drought of 14 years. Lucknow’s net run rate was +0.251. While RCB won 8 in 14 matches, its net run rate was -0.253. Due to the run rate, Rajasthan moved to the top-2, and Lucknow was forced to play the eliminator.
LSG vs RCB: Pitch Report
The Eden Garden’s track is always known as perfect for the batters. Yesterday in the Qualifier 1 RR scored 188 runs in the 1st innings and GT chased it quite comfortably. Also, the small size of the ground helps the batters there. There is always some assistance for pace too in the initial innings period.
The pitch gives good bounce and pace to bat on. The weather forecast is not too good for today’s match. Hence toss winning team will defiantly want to field first if the Duckworth Lewis method comes into place.
LSG vs RCB: Weather Forecast
Kolkata is located in the eastern state of Bengal. The weather in Kolkata remains hot and humid during the summers that spanning from March to May. But since the last week of May, we can see the arrival of Pre Mansoon here. The weather model indicates not a good forecast for the game of cricket on the 25th of May 2023.
Temperature – 36/27
Humidity – 72%
Wind – 11 km/h
Chances of Rain – 90%
LSG vs RCB: Head to Head
The only match played between the two teams was won by Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs. RCB leads the head-to-head tally by 1-0.
Rahul and De Kock can again give a quick start
Lucknow Super Giants have made it to the playoffs on the basis of consistent performances by the batsmen and bowlers. Captain KL Rahul has supported the team in difficult situations on the basis of his excellent batting. Together with Quinton de Kock, he has been giving LSG great starts in almost every match.
Mohsin Khan has impressed all the veterans with his pace and variations. Ravi Bishnoi is handling the spin. After losing a few matches in the last phase, Lucknow reached the playoffs with a grand win against Kolkata. In such a situation, the team will definitely want to reach the second qualifier by winning the eliminator.