Kolkata: The Gujarat Titans have been maintaining their remarkable run in their maiden IPL campaign, as they chased down the target with ease yesterday. At the halfway stage, 188 seemed a formidable target. GT batters remained cool as cucumbers and crossed the target without any clamour. Besides Saha, all the batsmen chipped in with runs. Miller, also known as the Killer, played a cameo, hitting 68 in 38 deliveries that helped his team to the final.
The IPL caravan has to stay in Kolkata for another seesaw battle between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the historic Eden Gardens tonight.
Lucknow Super Giants will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 tonight.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s players turned emotional after the victory of the Mumbai Indians against the Delhi Capitals. MI’s victory opened the gate for RCB to become the last team to move into the playoffs.
Kohli, a key factor
In tonight’s match, RCB hopes to play some quality cricket and defeat the informed team RCB. du Plesis-led side has been looking at the performance of Virat Kohli, who played a match-winning innings in his last league match. If he continues his form, then LSG bowlers may have to toil tonight.
RCB have been chasing their maiden IPL trophy. The franchise is brimming with incredible talent that can lift the coveted trophy.Kohli, Faf du Plesis, and Maxwell are capable of thrashing any attack. They never see the bowler’s reputation. In the bowling department, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel are competent at wrecking any batting side. The important thing is to click on the match day.
Meanwhile, LSG depend on their pacers to destroy the formidable batting line-up of RCB. Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, and Avesh Khan have formed a potent bowling unit to dislodge any opponent’s batting line-up.
Captain KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, and Deepak Hooda are the mainstays of LSG’s batting order. They have done the bulk of the scoring in the league matches. About 65 percent of the team’s runs have come from these three batters. LSG must hope that Evin Lewis, Marcus Stoinis, and Co. contribute some handy runs with the bat in the lower order.
Tonight’s match is the knockout game, as the loser will have to see the exit door. It’s a do-or-die situation for both teams.
In the powerplay, the batting record of LSG is dubious. They have lost 23 wickets in this phase of the league matches.
LSG lost five matches in the league state. Incidentally, all the five losses came against the fellow playoffs contenders (two each vs. GT & RR and one against RCB).
The pitch at Eden Gardens has a tendency to offer uneven bounce. The batters have to be careful in their shot selection. The chance of a thunderstorm can’t be denied in tonight’s fixture. It is expected that the humidity level will remain high.
Cricket lovers have a chance to watch another thrilling encounter. Both sides have one last chance to go ahead. Therefore, another absorbing match is awaited at the Eden Gardens.