We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Given the smaller ground dimensions, the Brabourne Stadium has been a predominantly six-hitting ground this season. For the last four games, the average first and second innings score at the venue has been 190 and 171 respectively. A clear indication that the toss hasn’t mattered a lot.
Probable XI for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG): Quinton de Kock* (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis*, Jason Holder*, Karan Sharma/Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera*, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan
Probable XI for Rajasthan: 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
Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal have been pillars behind Rajasthan’s resurgence this season. While Buttler (625 runs at 56.83) has butchered the opposition bowlers, Chahal (23 wickets at 15.33) has been busy bamboozling the batters.
KL Rahul might have been dismissed for a single-digit figure in his last two appearances. However, once he gets through the powerplay, he tends to unleash himself into big scores. His first century of the edition came at the Brabourne Stadium.
Ravichandran Ashwin might not be picking wickets in every match, but he has certainly made a few useful contributions with the bat. Although Rajasthan lost to Delhi, his knock of 50 at the No.3 slot impressed the fantasy players.
Not only has Avesh Khan bagged 5 wickets in his last two games but also taken as many wickets at Brabourne in two outings this season.
Deepak Hooda has already smashed 12 sixes. Given the smaller dimensions at Brabourne, he could end up adding a few more to his tally. All in all, bonus fantasy points will be on offer.
Wickets in a heap, coupled with economical bowling, has made Mohsin Khan a favourite in fantasy leagues. Interestingly, he has dismissed the openers in the last three matches.
Sanju Samson likes to hit straight and the shorter boundaries in that region at the Brabourne might bring out the best in him. With the gloves, he has inflicted 12 wickets in this season.
Krunal Pandya has contributed useful points through his gutsy batting, astute bowling, and clinical catching. He rarely disappoints fantasy players.
With no Shimron Hetmyer available, the onus will be on Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal to not only play the role of anchors but also keep the tempo up. Between the two, they have added 172 runs in their last three innings.
The race to playoffs intensifies as the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Rajasthan lock horns for the second time in the season. When these two teams met earlier in the tournament, Rajasthan scraped over the line by three runs.
Although both teams appear evenly matched, they would be keen on erasing the bad memories from their last game and getting back to winning ways.
Time: 15 May, 7.30 PM IST