Fantasy insights for Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Eliminator game of the Indian Premier League, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. 

Final Fantasy XI:

Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul

Batters: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda

Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan

C/VC: Glenn Maxwell, KL Rahul


Base Fantasy Team

Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul

Batters: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda

Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Jason Holder

Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Avesh Khan

Key Notes: 

  • Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood become important if RCB bowls first. 
  • Krunal Pandya’s value increases if LSG bats first.
  • The Final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss. 

Fantasy Board – Wicketkeepers: 

KL Rahul: 

In IPL 2022: 537 runs, 49 avg, 135 SR

It has been a hit-or-miss season for KL Rahul, with 6 single-digit scores and 7 30+ plus scores in 13 innings. Rahul has struggled to score runs in the 2nd innings as his average drops to 19 runs per wicket compared to 85 runs per wicket while batting first. 

KL Rahul vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs RM Pace in PP: 510 runs, 51 avg, 121 SR

vs Left-arm spin in Ov (7-16): 124 runs, 116 balls, 62 avg, 107 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 311 runs, 259 balls, 44 avg, 120 SR

KL Rahul – matchups that matter: 

vs Josh Hazlewood: 30 runs, 18 balls, 0 outs, 167 SR

vs Harshal Patel: 34 runs, 19 balls, 1 out, 179 SR

vs Shahbaz Ahmed: 22 runs, 19 balls, 1 out, 116 SR

vs Glenn Maxwell: 23 runs, 23 balls, 2 outs, 100 SR

Quinton de Kock: 

In IPL 2022: 502 runs, 39 avg, 149 SR

In the last game, de Kock scored a record-breaking 140*(70). But if we remove that innings, the LSG wicketkeeper has failed to cross the 15-run mark in 6 out of 13 innings. Josh Hazlewood, who has troubled the South African superstar a lot in white-ball cricket, is the only threat to him in this game.

Quinton de Kock vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs RM Pace in PP: 434 runs, 316 balls, 33 avg, 137 SR

vs Off spin in PP: 185 runs, 177 balls, 46 avg, 104 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 209 runs, 173 balls, 35 avg, 121 S

Quinton de Kock – Matchups that matter:

vs Josh Hazlewood: 38 runs, 29 balls, 3 outs, 131 SR

vs Josh Hazlewood in ODIs: 57 runs, 88 balls, 6 outs, 65 SR

vs Glenn Maxwell: 43 runs, 43 balls, 1 out, 100 SR

vs Harshal Patel: 41 runs, 30 balls, 137 SR

vs Wanindu Hasaranga: 40 runs, 32 balls, 1 out, 125 SR

Dinesh Karthik is one of the tournament’s most in-form batters, but his entry point is always risky from a fantasy point of view. Also, with teams now saving a couple of overs of their leg spinners for the back end of the innings, selecting Karthik may not be wise. 

Dinesh Karthik vs leg-spin in IPL since 2020: 34 runs, 46 balls, 9 outs, 74 SR (Losing his wicket on every 5th ball)

LSG had saved an over of Ravi Bishnoi for Dinesh Karthik in the last game; expect a similar tactic from the KL Rahul-led team again today.


Fantasy Board – Batters: 

Faf du Plessis: 

In IPL 2022: 443 runs, 34 avg, 131 SR

In their first encounter, Faf du Plessis played a match-winning 96-run knock against LSG. Generally, the RCB captain has struggled for consistency in this tournament, failing to cross the 20-run mark in 7 out of 14 innings. Nevertheless, the 37-year-old has decent matchups against almost all LSG bowlers, suggesting he should cross the 30-run mark in this game. 

Faf du Plessis vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs LM Pace in PP: 248 runs, 202 balls, 41 avg, 123 SR

vs RM Pace in PP: 332 runs, 273 balls, 33 avg, 122 SR

vs Left-arm spin in PP: 67 runs, 65 balls, 2 outs, 103 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 258 runs, 231 runs, 52 avg, 112 SR

Faf du Plessis – Matchups that matter: 

vs Avesh Khan: 39 runs, 34 balls, 1 out, 115 SR

vs Jason Holder: 74 runs, 48 balls, 3 outs, 154 SR

vs Krunal Pandya: 46 runs, 33 balls, 1 out, 139 SR

vs Ravi Bishnoi: 66 runs, 45 balls, 147 SR

Virat Kohli: 

In IPL 2022: 309 runs, 24 avg, 118 SR

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck by Dushmantha Chameera against LSG earlier in the season. Apart from Gujarat Titans, Kohli has struggled to score runs against almost every team. The former RCB Captain likes batting at the Eden Gardens, however, with an average of 44 runs per wicket. If he survives the new-ball burst of LSG, expect him to come good in this all-important game for RCB. 

Virat Kohli vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs LM Pace in PP: 159 runs, 138 balls, 32 avg, 115 SR

vs RM Pace in PP: 383 runs, 272 balls, 48 avg, 141 SR

vs Left-arm spinner in PP: 68 runs, 52 balls, 1 out, 131 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 294 runs, 251 balls, 59 avg, 117 SR

Virat Kohli – Matchups that matter: 

vs Avesh Khan: 5 runs, 8 balls, 1 out, 62 SR

vs Jason Holder: 9 runs, 10 balls, 2 outs, 90 SR

vs Krunal Pandya: 76 runs, 76 balls, 1 out, 100 SR

Deepak Hooda: 

In IPL 2022: 406 runs, 31 avg, 133 SR

In last 5 games: 213 runs, 43 avg, 138 SR

Deepak Hooda is in a good run of form, with four 30+ knocks in the last 5 innings. The 27-year-old is a good player of spin, and he should enjoy playing the spin trio of Hasaranga, Shahbaz, and Maxwell.

Deepak Hooda vs bowling types in IPL since 2018: 

vs Left-arm spin in Ov (7-16): 59 runs, 57 balls, 3 outs, 103 SR

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 161 runs, 121 balls, 32 avg, 133 SR

vs RM Pace in Ov (7-16): 121 runs, 101 balls, 13 avg, 122 SR

Deepak Hooda vs Shahbaz Ahmed: 7 runs, 10 balls, 1 out, 70 SR


Fantasy Board – Allrounders: 

Glenn Maxwell: 

In IPL 2022:

With bat: 268 runs, 30 avg, 173 SR

With ball: 21 overs, 6 wkts, 21 SR

After struggling initially, Maxwell has come back to form with four 30+ run innings in the last 5 games. The 33-year-old all-rounder has also picked up at least one wicket in each of the previous 4 games. He likes batting at the Eden Gardens, averaging 38 runs per wicket and striking at 166. With a couple of left-handers to bowl at, Maxwell’s got good fantasy potential in this game. Top C/VC pick. 

Glenn Maxwell vs bowling types in IPL since last year: 

vs Left-arm spin in Ov (7-16): 41 runs, 33 balls, 3 outs, 124 SR (No dismissal this year in 21 balls)

vs Leg spin in Ov (7-16): 125 runs, 85 balls, 42 avg, 147 SR

vs RM Pace in Ov (12-20): 66 runs, 42 balls, 3 outs, 157 SR (All 3 dismissals coming this year in 19 balls) 

Glenn Maxwell – Matchups that matter: 

vs Avesh Khan: 20 runs, 13 balls, 0 outs, 154 SR

vs Jason Holder: 32 runs, 21 balls, 1 out, 152 SR

vs Krunal Pandya: 41 runs, 33 balls, 2 outs, 124 SR

vs Ravi Bishnoi: 22 runs, 8 balls, 0 outs, 275 SR

Jason Holder: 

In IPL 2022: 42 overs, 14 wkts, 17.8 SR

The Caribbean all-rounder has struggled at Eden Gardens in the past, with just 2 wickets in 4 innings. However, he is still one of the top differentials in this game because of favourable matchups against RCB batters. 

In their first meeting, Holder picked up 2 wickets for 25 runs against RCB.

Jason Holder in IPL since 2020:

In Ov (7-16): 37 overs, 17 wkts, 13.2 SR

In Ov (17-20): 27 overs, 21 wkts, 7.7 SR

His consistent wicket-taking ability in middle and death overs makes him a good C/VC option in mega leagues. 


Fantasy Board – Bowlers: 

Wanindu Hasaranga: 

In IPL 2022: 55 overs, 24 wkts, 13.7 SR

Just like other captains, du Plessis has also started saving a couple of overs of Hasaranga for death overs. As LSG possesses a couple of pace power hitters down the order, it looks likely that the Lankan legspinner will bowl at the death again. Good C/VC choice while defending a target. 

Wanindu Hasaranga in Ov (15-20): 14 overs, 10 wkts, 8.4 SR

Wanindu Hasaranga in T20s:

vs Left-hand batters: 48 overs, 21 wkts, 13.8 SR

vs Right-hand batters: 79 overs, 31 wkts, 15.4 SR

Avesh Khan: 

In IPL 2022: 44 overs, 17 wkts, 15.5 SR

Avesh had a horrid last game where he conceded 60 runs in 4 overs without taking a wicket. However, the pace spearhead of LSG was in fine form before that, picking 6 wickets in the last 3 games. Avesh bowls better while defending a target, so he becomes a must-have if LSG is defending. 

Avesh Khan in IPL since last season:

In Ov (7-16): 28 overs, 15 wkts, 11.2 SR

In Ov (17-20): 43 overs, 21 wkts, 12.2 SR

Harshal Patel: 

In IPL 2022: 46 overs, 18 wkts, 15.4 SR

Harshal Patel injured his webbing in the last game, but he’s declared fit for this game. Harshal usually bowls 3 overs after the 10-over mark, and his variations come in handy when batters try to accelerate. One of the top C/VC pick if RCB bowls first. 

Harshal Patel in IPL since last year:

In Ov (7-16): 54 overs, 22 wkts, 14.7 SR

In Ov (17-20): 43 overs, 27 wkts, 9.4 SR


Predicted Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj/Siddarth Kaul 

The only possible change in the RCB lineup is Mohammed Siraj coming back in place of Siddarth Kaul. 

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Evin Lewis, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi 

Krunal Pandya should replace Manan Vohra in this game. Except that there’s no change expected from LSG. 

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