Match Preview – RR vs LSG, Indian Premier League 2024, 4th Match

Match particulars

Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Lucknow Tremendous Giants (LSG)
Jaipur, 1530 IST (1000 GMT)

Huge image – The place will Rahul bat?

After the 2016 season, KL Rahul has solely batted as an opener within the IPL, apart from one match in opposition to Royal Challengers Bengaluru final yr when he got here out at No. 11 after choosing up a quad damage whereas fielding. Even for India, he established himself on the prime of the order. However with Lucknow Tremendous Giants bringing opener Devdutt Padikkal into their squad, together with Quinton de Kock and Kyle Mayers as abroad choices, may Rahul drop all the way down to strengthen the center order?

There’s additionally the extra intrigue of India’s choice for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Rahul has not performed T20Is because the 2022 World Cup and wasn’t chosen in India’s most up-to-date squads for sequence in South Africa and at residence Afghanistan. And with Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill competing for opening slots, Rahul’s solely probability to make it is perhaps to audition for a task within the center order.

The place ever Rahul bats, the Tremendous Giants boast a power-packed batting line up comprising de Kock, Nicholas Pooran and Marcus Stoinis that has helped them qualify for the playoffs in every of their first two seasons within the IPL.

Their opponents on Sunday, Rajasthan Royals, received 4 of their first 5 video games final season after which misplaced 5 of their subsequent six, a reversal in type that left them simply exterior the playoff spots. They are going to hope their two high-profile openers – Jos Buttler and Jaiswal – hearth collectively this season. Buttler was supreme in Royals’ run to the ultimate in 2022, scoring 863 runs, however had a poor 2023 season (392 runs with 5 geese). Jaiswal confirmed flashes of his immense potential in 2022, after which blossomed in 2023, when he smashed 625 runs at a strike-rate of 163.61. Jaiswal comes into this IPL after a Participant of the Sequence efficiency within the 5 residence Checks in opposition to England, whereas Buttler discovered some type for Paarl Royals within the SA20, ending fourth within the run charts.

Group information – Will Shamar Joseph make his IPL debut?

With David Willey unavailable to the Tremendous Giants for the primary few video games for private causes, West Indies quick bowler Shamar Joseph may get his first outing within the IPL, having been signed as a alternative for Mark Wooden. Shamar has restricted T20 expertise, however is an effective hit-the-deck possibility and operates at excessive tempo, as he confirmed in his Check heroics in Australia. Afghanistan’s Navneen-ul-Haq is the opposite tempo possibility for LSG, and will provide extra variations than Joseph.

Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer and Trent Boult are shoo-ins for the Royals, and their new signing Rovman Powell may the frontrunner for the fourth abroad slot. Riyan Parag may even be in focus, after ending as the very best scorer within the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.

Toss and Affect Participant technique

Rajasthan Royals
With two wicketkeepers already within the XI, Sanju Samson and Buttler, Royals will seemingly use Dhruv Jurel as their impression batter, whereas one in all Avesh Khan and Kuldeep Sen performs the impression function when they’re bowling.

Possible XII: 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Jos Buttler, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Riyan Parag, 6 Rovman Powell, 7 Dhruv Jurel, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Avesh Khan, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal, 12 Kuldeep Sen

Lucknow Tremendous Giants
Ayush Badoni will almost certainly be the impression sub for LSG if they’re batting second, whereas Mohsin Khan or Shivam Mavi may come off the bench ought to they be batting first.

Possible XII: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 KL Rahul (capt), 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Ayush Badoni, 8 Krunal Pandya, 9 Shamar Joseph/Naveen-ul-Haq, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Mohsin Khan, 12 Shivam Mavi

Stats that matter

  • Royals misplaced 4 of the 5 matches they performed in Jaipur in IPL 2023
  • Royals have been the quickest scorers within the batting powerplay final season, whereas LSG have been the second slowest
  • For the reason that begin of IPL 2022, Royals have hit extra sixes (249) than some other workforce within the event.
  • Pitch and situations

    The common first-innings rating in Jaipur in IPL 2023 was 172, and it is not a venue the place the toss has performed an enormous function, with the workforce batting first successful on three events and the chasing workforce successful twice. The pitch is more likely to help spinners greater than the quick bowlers.

    Abhimanyu Bose is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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