The Indian Premier League (IPL) is nearing the halfway mark of the league stage. While still more than half of the league phase is remaining, so much drama and action has already unfolded in the grandest T20 stage in the world. Up next in the cash-rich tournament is the face-off between Lucknow and Bangalore. Both sides have identical numbers in the current season with 4 wins and 2 defeats in their 6 matches.
However, a slight difference in the net run rate means Lucknow are placed second on the points table while Bangalore are sitting at the third position. Prior to the high-voltage encounter of two teams in the top half of the points tally, here is a stat-based prediction of how things could unfold at Dr DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Tuesday.
1. Toss Prediction
Lucknow have won 3 out of their 6 tosses so far in IPL 2022 which means a 50 per cent toss winning rate. However, Bangalore has won 4 out of their 6 tosses in IPL 2022 which means they have a 66.66 per cent toss winning rate in the current season. Based on this stat, predicting Bangalore to win the toss.
2. Win Possibility
Both teams have never met in the IPL before. Based on the current form too, it seems very difficult to differentiate between the two teams. However based simply on the manner in which Bangalore came back from a difficult situation to win their last game, backing the Faf du Plessis-led team to win this encounter.
3. Team of the Day
Although both teams have been in great form, picking Bangalore for the Team of the Day as their win over Delhi would have given them a lot of confidence and the belief that they can win from any situation.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score at the venue for this game in IPL 2022 has been 44.9. Lucknow’s top-order with KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock as openers has been in sublime form and is expected to score more than 45 in the first six overs. Bangalore haven’t been firing at the top but should manage to cross the 40-run mark during the fielding restrictions.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings total at this venue in IPL 2022 has been 171.9. Meanwhile, the average second innings venue so far here is 164.5.
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