Lucknow and Rajasthan face each other, with both teams’ hopes of making the playoffs well in the balance. Both teams have been in the playoff spots from almost the beginning, and it would be a shame if they miss out from that spot right at the business end of the tournament. Betting in India will have a hard time finding the favourite for this one.
While Lucknow has been motoring along nicely, and look all set to claim the second spot, the fate hangs very much in the balance for the Royals, for whom things have just become that one bit tricky. Both teams will be looking to seal their spot, and this will lead us to another fascinating encounter between the two sides. It will surely be a hard-fought IPL match.
Lucknow Super Giants
The Giants were going smoothly until the Titans stopped them right in their tracks. They were absolutely woeful on a day where they could have been the ones in the playoffs and their batting failed to back up the outstanding effort of the bowlers, who restricted the Titans to 144. The Giants cannot afford another batting collapse, or else it could pose a huge problem for the side, especially when they are this close to making the playoffs.
The Royals suddenly seem to have a host of problems that are troubling them at the most important point of the season. Jos Buttler has seemed to have lost his mojo, the middle order has not been contributing much, and Sanju Samson himself has been shuffling up and down the order, which has drawn the ire of a lot of experts. They will have to employ the same tactics that have ensured their continuous success in the tournament. This is a key phase for the side, and they will have to be at their best.
This is the second meeting between the teams, with Rajasthan winning the earlier game by 3 runs.
Both teams are coming back after morale-sapping losses, and that will play a role in the way the teams approach this game. But taking the total form, and overall performances, Lucknow are favorites for the game.
Date and Time
15th May 2022 (Sunday) at 7:30 pm
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai