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LKN vs BLR, Indian T20 League 2022 Eliminator, MPL Prediction and Top Picks

Match: Lucknow vs Bangalore, (LKN vs BLR, Eliminator)

Date: May 25, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

The Indian T20 League 2022 has reached its main stage – the playoffs – where four teams are set to fight for the championship. The top two teams on the points table Gujarat and Rajasthan battle each other in Qualifier 1. In the Eliminator, we will witness Lucknow and Bangalore going against each other at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday, May 25.

Lucknow had a pretty good season as they missed out on the top two finish by a narrow margin. They won nine out of 13 group matches to finish third with 18 points. In their last group fixture, Lucknow came out victorious by 2 runs against Kolkata in a close thriller. Quinton de Kock played an outrageous innings of 70-ball 140 to take the side 210 for no loss. Mohsin Khan was excellent with the ball, picking 3 for 20. Defending 3 runs off 2, Evin Lewis hung on to a fantastic catch to swing the game.

Bangalore, on the other hand, were dependent on Mumbai defeating Delhi to advance through to the playoffs. They had a mixed season, winning eight group matches with a net run-rate of -0.253, which was inferior to Delhi’s before their last group fixture. Bangalore defeated Gujarat in their most recent fixture by eight wickets. Chasing 169, Virat Kohli put on a masterclass with a 54-ball 73 while Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis scored individual 40s.

LKN vs BLR, Eliminator, Weather Update & Pitch Report

The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is usually a good wicket to bat on. The seamers are likely to get some assistance with the new ball. The average first innings score from 78 domestic matches played here reads 160. The number shoots up to 192 in the last five games.

Kolkata has been hit by heavy rain and storms this week. There’s a 40% chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday morning but the sky is expected to be clear in the evening.

LKN vs BLR Injury News and Predicted XI

Lucknow

Lucknow do have a strong squad but have struggled a bit to find the right balance. In the previous fixture, they left out Dushmantha Chameera to bolster batting with Evin Lewis. But they almost paid for it as their bowling attack went for runs. Expect them to bring in Chameera for one of Jason Holder or Lewis. 

Predicted XI – KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan

Bangalore

Bangalore have a pretty settled line-up. But in the last game, they brought in Siddharth Kaul for Mohammed Siraj, who has been lackluster in the tournament. Kaul was also expensive and could be replaced by Siraj. The batting unit has started to come together well in the last few games.

Predicted XI – Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood

LKN vs BLR Head to Head Record

Total Encounters: 1

Lucknow Won: 0

Bangalore Won: 1

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LKN vs BLR: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Eliminator (Five players to watch out for)

Top Fantasy Picks for LKN vs BLR, Indian T20 League 2022

KL Rahul: Wicketkeeper Batter, Lucknow

Lokesh Rahul is the highest run-getter in the league since 2018, boasting of remarkable consistency. The Lucknow skipper has done well this season as well, amassing 537 runs at an average of 49 and strike rate of 135. Rahul has scored two centuries and three half centuries in the competition. He averages over 75 against Bangalore and is a great C/VC pick at 10 credits.

Faf du Plessis: Batter, Bangalore

Faf du Plessis, one of the most consistent T20 batters, has done a decent job for Bangalore in the Indian T20 League 2022. He has scored 443 runs in 14 matches at an average of 34 and strike rate of 131. Du Plessis has registered three fifties in the season and is coming off a 44-run knock. Priced at 9.5 credits, he’s a good C/VC option.

Quinton de Kock: Wicketkeeper Batter, Lucknow

One of the top opening batters in the T20 arena, Quinton de Kock has had a good season in the ongoing tournament. He has amassed 502 runs in 14 games at an average of 39 while striking at 149, including one hundred and three fifties. QDK, coming off a spectacular knock of 70-ball 140*, is a must pick at 9.5 credits.

Mohsin Khan: Bowler, Lucknow

Mohsin Khan has been a revelation in the Indian T20 League 2022. The left arm pacer has been magnificent for Lucknow, picking 13 wickets in just eight games at an impressive economy of 5.93. His best figures in the competition read 4 for 16. Mohsin is a good differential pick, coming at 8.5 credits.

Wanindu Hasaranga: Bowler, Bangalore

Wanindu Hasaranga has been simply outstanding for Bangalore in the 2022 edition. The Sri Lankan leggie is the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 24 scalps from 14 matches. He has maintained an excellent economy of 7.38 and has a five-for and a four-for to his name. Hasaranga is priced at 9.5 credits.

LKN vs BLR Suggested Playing XI

David Miller of Gujarat Titans celebrating win during the Qualifier 1 match of the TATA Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL season 15) between the Gujarat Titans and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 24th May 2022Photo by Saikat Das / Sportzpics for IPL

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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