RCB have huge task on hand
- Ekana wicket expected to be a sharp turner
- Battle of RCB top-order against Lucknow’s spin trio
The last time these teams met earlier in the season, Lucknow prevailed by one wicket. We could have another thriller on the cards if the RCB top-order fire under difficult conditions against a strong bowling attack. Royal Challengers Bangalore have odds of 1.75 to beat Lucknow Super Giants.
Lucknow come into the game after an inconsistent run that saw them alternate between wins and losses in the last five matches. They will hope to find some stability with the group of players and nail this home game against a strong RCB side. Lucknow Super Giants have odds of 2.05 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Head-to-head record, LSG v RCB
RCB won both matches against Lucknow in 2022 and nearly won the game earlier this year. A blinder of a knock from Nicholas Pooran helped LSG cross the line in a thriller at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
The pitch at the Ekana has been aiding spinners from the start of the season and the team winning the toss will want to set a total here rather than chase despite the threat of dew.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been unpredictable this season, but what has been constant are the opening duo of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli and the middle-order fireworks from Maxwell. They have a better win probability of 54% despite it being an way game.
The average score at the Ekana is just over 160 in the first innings but the team batting first will want to aim for close to 180 to keep the opposition quiet with the spinners in the second half.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch here is conducive to spin through the game with it expected to slow down for the second half when batting could get a lot more harder.
Players to keep an eye on…
LSG Predicted playing XI:
KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Marcus Stoinis/Daniel Sams, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen ul Haq, Avesh Khan, Yash Thakur.
RCB Predicted playing XI:
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Vyshak Vijaykumar, Josh Hazlewood.
Wanindi Hasaranga: The Sri Lankan spinner is a key player for RCB but is yet to find that one game where he runs through an opposition side. This could well be that match on a turning wicket.
Nicholas Pooran: Lucknow will want to manage Pooran’s entry point better, but the West Indian is a huge threat against spin and his battle with Hasaranga could decide this contest.
IPL 2023, Match 43 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
LSG v RCB Betting tips
Apart from betting on Bangalore to win the match, check our other recommended bet about RCB’s best batter.
Faf du Plessis is in such good touch and despite the spin threat after powerplay, he could well be RCB’s best batter in this match. Back du Plessis at 3.86 to be Bangalore’s top batter!