Mumbai, Pretr. Lucknow Supergiants, who have been in fine form throughout the season, will be aiming to seal their place in the play-offs by thrashing Rajasthan Royals here on Sunday after recovering from their loss in the previous match. The Supergiants, led by Lokesh Rahul, had lost their number one position to this team with a loss against Gujarat Titans in the previous match.

The Supergiants are second on 16 points and would not want to lose another match before the start of the play-offs. Royals will also look to cement their claim of a place in the play-offs by coming back from a crushing eight-wicket loss against Delhi Capitals in the previous match. If the Spurgiants team registers a win on Sunday, their place in the play-offs will be assured. If the Royals team also registers a win, then it will take one more step towards making the last four.

For the Lucknow team, captain Rahul and Quinton de Kock will once again get the most runs. Both of them returned to the pavilion cheaply against Titans and would like to play a good innings against Royals. Rahul is one of the second most successful batsmen of the tournament with 459 runs in 12 matches and has hit two centuries and as many fifties so far. De Kock has so far scored 355 runs in 12 matches with the help of three half-centuries. Deepak Hooda is also in good form and has so far scored 347 runs with the help of three half-centuries. The right-handed batsman also has the ability to play big shots.

Royals’ team’s eyes will once again be on England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler, who has scored 625 runs in 12 matches with the help of three half-centuries and as many half-centuries. His teammates, however, are not in good form. Captain Sanju Samson has once again failed to deliver but his performance hasn’t been that bad either. He has so far scored 327 runs in 12 matches with the help of two half-centuries. The good news for Royals is that Devdutt Padikkal (295 runs in 12 matches) showed consistency in performance by scoring 31 and 48 in the last two matches, but the team is still waiting for a bigger innings from him.

Shimron Hetmyer (291 runs in 11 matches) played some good knocks and was instrumental in the team’s six-wicket win against Punjab Kings, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 16 balls. Ravichandran Ashwin was Royals’ top scorer in the last match against Delhi Capitals and the team will look to tap into his potential as a batsman. Royals will once again rely on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, who is jointly the most successful bowler of the tournament with 23 wickets in 12 matches, to curb batsmen like Rahul and de Kock. Chahal can get good support from Ashwin, Trent Boult and the famous Krishna.

Bowling, however, is the weak side of the Supergiants and bowlers like Avesh Khan and Jason Holder will have to do better to keep Butler and other Royals batsmen under control. Both of them took wickets against the Titans while Mohsin Khan bowled economical, taking one wicket for 18 runs in four overs.

Teams :

Lucknow Supergiants: Lokesh Rahul (captain), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton de Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmanta Chamira, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajput, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Meyers, Karn Sharma , Krishnappa Gautam, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya and Jason Holder.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (Captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Pranand Krishna, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McKay, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Der Dusen and Daryl Mitchell.

Edited By: Sanjay Savern