Can RCB overcome poor batting starts?
- Lucknow the most impressive team of the season
- RCB have top-order woes
Royal Challengers Bangalore come up against Lucknow Super Giants in a crucial clash in the 2022 IPL season and RCB have odds of 1.80 to win this. Bangalore’s top-order issues, though, would mean that they are once again reliant on their lower middle-order with the bat to win matches.
Lucknow Super Giants, on the other hand, have the same number of wins and losses as RCB this year, but have been more impressive than Bangalore with their two losses coming off thrilling games. Interestingly, Lucknow’s odds to win this game and go ahead of RCB in the points table stand at 1.98. Nevertheless, we think LSG have better all-round quality in all departments.
Lucknow’s all-rounders vs RCB’s death hitters
Royal Challengers Bangalore have the worst scoring rate in the first 10 overs in this season of the IPL and the best scoring rate in the last 10 overs. Their top-order has failed to fire while the lower middle-order has stepped up big time. To beat Lucknow Super Giants, though, RCB will need the likes of Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis to fire.
Lucknow Super Giants have a healthy core in all departments and are our pick to win this one.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
Lucknow have as many as eight bowling options and good batting depth, making them one of the best teams in the competition. LSG will be up against it as they face RCB, one of the other good teams, but they have better all-round quality in all departments.
Keep an eye on…
KL Rahul: Up against a franchise that built him up initially, KL Rahul will be itching to make a mark against the former franchise and is in good form to do so. With LSG having batting depth now, expect Rahul to make regular impact at the top.
Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli has found ways of getting himself out – two run outs in 2022 already – and needs to fire for RCB to show more regular impact with the bat. His form alongside Faf du Plessis underperforming has hurt RCB.
TIP: KL Rahul is in good touch and is even more dangerous with better batting depth. Back KL Rahul at 2.92 to be Lucknow’s top batter!