Date: 25 May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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Lucknow and Bangalore will face each other in the first Eliminator game of the tournament. Both teams have had some great performances in the Indian T20 League so far and fans can expect an entertaining contest. These two teams have played each other once where Bangalore registered an 18-run win. Heading into this game, Bangalore defeated Gujarat by eight wickets while Lucknow defeated Kolkata by two runs.
Lucknow have been a dominant force this season as they were the second-place team for most of the tournament. Their batting lineup has KL Rahul who has already scored two centuries with stars like Quinton de Kock and Deepak Hooda who too have done the bulk of the scoring for their side. However, these batters have struggled in the last two of their three games where they failed to chase on both occasions. But their bowling attack has been their biggest positive with youngsters like Moshin Khan, Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi who have picked up many wickets while being extremely economical.
Bangalore, meanwhile, have had a topsy-turvy season as they were in and out of the top four throughout the tournament. The 2016 finalists have a great batting lineup with stars like Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Karthik who have been playing important knocks. Similarly, their best batter Virat Kohli had scored a sensational half-century which could hint a return to his prime form which might be the biggest positive for Bangalore. They also have youngsters like Rajat Patidar and Shahbaz Ahmed who have put up great performances. Their bowling department has looked dominant with Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood and Wanindu Hasaranga who have been putting up impactful performances. In addition, they have the pace of Mohammed Siraj in their ranks.
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi
Grand League Fantasy Suggestion:
Head to head Fantasy Suggestion
Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Dinesh Karthik
Batters: Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli
All Rounders: Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga,
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