Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have a lot to ponder about since they can still get knocked out of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After losing to Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans (GT) by 62 runs on May 10, they will desperately be looking to get back to winning ways.
Another win will send them through to the playoffs. The Super Kings, captained by MS Dhoni, on the other hand, will be looking to salvage some pride after registering one of their lowest IPL scores against the Rohit Sharma-led five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI).
The Titans, in the meantime, have already made their way through to the playoffs. But they are still not assured of a berth in the top two. If they win their next game, they will play the Qualifier 1 and have two cracks at the final. Pandya’s men will also be high on confidence after beating LSG.
The Royals, led by Sanju Samson, have looked promising, but are yet to seal their playoffs berth. Having lost a few games of late, the 2008 IPL champions will be looking to secure victory and make themselves comfortable. But one win in their last three matches may not keep them in good stead.
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Devon Conway (CSK): Devon Conway has arguably looked the most accomplished of the CSK batters in the 2022 IPL. The left-hander has notched 231 runs from 5 games at an average of 57.75 with three half-centuries.
Rashid Khan (GT): Rashid Khan got back to his very best in the game against the Super Giants. With 15 wickets under his belt at an economy rate of 6.79, the tweaker hasn’t let his team down.
KL Rahul (LSG): KL Rahul has been the standout batter for the Super Giants as he is their leading run-scorer with 459 runs from 12 matches at an average of 45.90.
Yuzvendra Chahal (RR): Yuzvendra Chahal has been a genuine wicket-taker for the Royals in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. In 12 games, the leg-spinner has picked up 23 wickets at an economy rate of 7.54.
Predicted Playing XIs
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Maheesh Theekshana, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary
Gujarat Titans (GT): Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG): Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Karan Sharma, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Rassie van der Dussen, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen