The 26th match of IPL 2023 will take place between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Given that both teams are considered strong contenders in the IPL, this match is likely to be highly competitive. The coin toss is scheduled to take place at 7:00 PM, 30 minutes prior to the match's start time, and as previously mentioned, both teams boast talented players. The outcome of this match will play a vital role in deciding the playoffs fate of both teams, as they are equally motivated to win. The game is expected to be an intense battle between two formidable teams.
- Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants, 26th Match of IPL 2023
- Day: Wednesday
- Date: 19th April 2023
- Time: 07:30 PM IST
- Venue: Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan
RR vs LSG Head-to-Head
RR and LSG have an unequal record against each other, having played 2 matches in total. RR has won both times. Lucknow Super Giants
RR vs LSG Last Meeting
The most recent encounter between Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals happened on May 15th, 2022 at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat first. Despite a shaky start that saw Jos Buttler getting out in the third over, Rajasthan Royals managed to reach a score of 2/75 before Sanju Samson got dismissed in the 9th over. Yashasvi Jaiswal played well but didn't receive much support from the other batsmen, with only Devdutt Padikkal making a brief partnership with him. They eventually ended up with a total of 178/6 within the designated overs, with Yashasvi being the highest scorer with 41 runs from 29 balls. Ravi Bishnoi was the only Lucknow Super Giants' bowler who managed to take two wickets against Rajasthan Royals.
Lucknow Super Giants' pursuit wasn't smooth either as Quinton de Kock and Ayush Badoni lost their wickets early in the 3rd over. However, Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya formed a stable partnership that brought them close to victory. Krunal got dismissed in the 13th over, but Warner continued to play. However, in the 16th over, he also got out after scoring 59 runs in 39 balls, and Lucknow Super Giants lost all their wickets soon after, eventually losing by 24 runs. Deepak Hooda was the top scorer for Lucknow Super Giants with 59 runs in 39 balls. Rajasthan Royals' Boult, McCoy, and Krishna were the only bowlers who took two wickets each against Lucknow Super Giants.
Rajasthan Royals Predicted Playing 11
Sanju Samson, the captain of the Rajasthan Royals, led his team to a runner-up finish in the IPL last year. With such success, the team is aiming to replicate those results for the upcoming season. Here are the probable Playing 11 of Rajasthan Royals:
1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
2. Jos Buttler
3. Sanju Samson (C & WK)
4. Nicholas Pooran
5. Obed McCoy
6. Ravichandran Ashwin
7. Riyan Parag
8. Trent Boult
9. Jimmy Neesham
10. Prasidh Krishna
11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Lucknow Super Giants Predicted Playing 11
KL Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants. The team is aiming to show some impact for the ongoing season. Here are the probable Playing 11 of Lucknow Super Giants:
1. Quinton de-kock (WK)
2. KL Rahul (C)
3. Ayush Badoni
4. Deepak Hooda
5. Krunal Pandya
6. Marcus Stoinis
7. Jason Holder
8. Dushmantha Chameera
9. Mohsin Khan
10. Avesh Khan
11. Ravi Bishnoi
Rajasthan Royals Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of RR:
Lucknow Super Giants Top Players
Here are the stats of the top 5 players of LSG:
IPL 2023 Match 26 RR vs LSG Fantasy Team
1. Jos Buttler (C)
2. Lokesh Rahul
3. Quinton de Kock
4. Deepak Hooda
5. Devdutt Padikkal
6. Yashasvi Jaiswal (VC)
7. Ravichandran Ashwin
8. Jason Holder
9. Yuzvendra Chahal
10. Avesh Khan
11. Mohsin Khan
Captain: Jos Buttler played 38 IPL matches and scored 1449 runs in 38 Innings. Jos Buttler's Highest Score in IPL is 124. J Buttler has 4 IPL centuries, 6 IPL half centuries and 7 times 30+ and 9 times 20+ IPL runs. J Buttler has a strike rate of 143.3 with average of 38.13 in 1011 IPL balls.
Vice-Captain: Yashasvi Jaiswal started his IPL career in 2020 and displayed good performance. He has participated in 26 IPL matches up to now, scoring a total of 672 runs with an average of 25.85 runs per game. Moreover, he has achieved five half-centuries, and his highest IPL score was 68 runs.
IPL 2023 Match 26 RR vs LSG Fantasy Team
Top Picks – Batsmen for IPL 2023 Match 26
1. Jos Buttler: During the 2022 IPL season, the wicketkeeper-batter played a crucial role in helping Rajasthan Royals make it to the final, finishing as the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 863 runs. He has been a consistent performer in the league, scoring 328 runs in IPL 2020 and 311 runs in eight games during IPL 2019 before leaving for the World Cup preparations. In the IPL 2018 season, he scored 548 runs. In the 2021 season, he scored 254 runs in 7 matches, including a century that turned the team's fortunes around. The swashbuckling player is determined to continue his impactful performances in the current season and help his team win their second title.
2. Lokesh Rahul: The Lucknow Super Giants, a new team in the IPL, have high hopes for KL Rahul, key player. Rahul, who was previously the captain of Punjab Kings, was chosen by LSG in the draft. Despite having a new set of teammates, Rahul is expected to lead from the front and bring out the best in them. He has over 3800 IPL runs and has scored 616, 626, 670, and 593 runs in the last four seasons. Rahul holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in the IPL. As LSG prepares for their first season in front of their home crowd in Lucknow, Rahul aims to impress the audience with his stylish and explosive batting.
3. Quinton de Kock: He is a thrilling wicketkeeper-batsman in international cricket, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians, five-time champions of the IPL. He joined the LSG last season, after being purchased for INR 6.75 Crore in the TATA IPL 2022 auction. De Kock had a successful season, scoring over 500 runs and an impressive unbeaten 140. He is a left-handed batsman who enjoys attacking the bowlers, and his explosive hitting helps his teammates and puts pressure on the opposition. His performance will be critical to LSG's success in their second IPL season.
4. Deepak Hooda: He is known for his hard-hitting abilities, made his IPL debut with Rajasthan Royals and has since played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings. He joined Lucknow Super Giants last season for INR 5.75 Crore and is expected to bring stability to the team's batting lineup. Hooda is also known for his off-spin and his ability to finish innings successfully, making him a valuable player for the team. His performance will be crucial to the success of LSG in the upcoming IPL season.
Top Picks – All rounder for IPL 2023 Match 26
5. Nicholas Pooran: An attractive batter, a clean striker of the cricket ball and someone who is an able wicketkeeper. Nicholas Pooran generated a bidding war at the players auction and made his way to LSG, who shelled out a whopping INR 16 Crore to have him on board. The left-handed batter from West Indies has so far played 47 IPL games and has over 900 runs with a strike rate over 150. His addition to the LSG unit will add more firepower to the team’s batting unit.
6. Yashasvi Jaiswal: He who scored 400 runs during India's Under 19 World Cup 2020 and became the youngest Indian to score a List A double ton at the age of 17, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 2.40 crore before IPL 2020. He was retained ahead of the 15th season, which was a clear indication that RR saw him as a long-term prospect. Yashasvi had a good strike-rate and scored 249 runs in the 2021 season with his first 50. He continued his impressive form in the 2022 season, scoring 258 runs and being retained for IPL 2023. Yashasvi has shown promise in his three IPL seasons, and he is hoping to build on those performances in the upcoming season.
7. Ravichandran Ashwin: RR has a top-class spinner in R. Ashwin, which makes him a valuable asset to the team. Along with Yuzvendra Chahal, they form a potent spin duo that can be difficult for opposing batters to handle. Ashwin is an accomplished player with an impressive track record, especially in Test cricket, where he has broken multiple records. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests for India and recently became the fastest Indian bowler to reach 450 Test wickets. In the 2022 IPL season, he played a vital role in RR's performance, scoring 191 runs and taking 12 wickets, which helped the team reach the final. He is a hard-working and strategic player with many tricks up his sleeve, making him a player to watch out for.
8. Jason Holder: He is a formidable fast bowler in cricket, owing to his height and intimidating appearance. He has previously played for various IPL teams, such as Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Kolkata Knight Riders. In the 2022 IPL auction, the Lucknow Super Giants acquired his services for Rs. 8.75 crore, where he picked up 14 wickets from 12 matches. In the 2023 season, RR successfully outbid CSK to secure Holder for Rs. 5.75 crore. Holder is not just a talented bowler but also a leader on the field who can alter the game's trajectory with his batting skills. His addition is expected to bolster the RR squad.
Top Picks – Bowler for IPL 2023 Match 26
9. Yuzvendra Chahal: He gained attention for his cricket skills after taking 34 wickets and leading the National Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy in 2009. He then played for Mumbai Indians and Champions League T20 before being bought by RCB in 2014. He made his debut for Team India in 2016 and has become one of the top spinners in international cricket. After playing for RCB for seven seasons, Chahal was purchased by RR in the 2022 IPL auction for Rs. 6.50 crore. During the 15th edition of the IPL, he took 27 wickets in 17 matches.
10. Avesh Khan: He is a talented fast bowler from Madhya Pradesh, possesses the ability to swing the ball both ways and bowl an intimidating short ball. He started his First-Class career in 2014 and represented India in the 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup. Avesh made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017 and then moved to Delhi Capitals, where he showcased his skills. In the last IPL season, he was signed by LSG for INR 10 crore and took 18 wickets. He is expected to make an impact with the ball for LSG once again.
11. Mohsin Khan: In 2018, the Mumbai Indians selected the young player, and in the 2020 auction, he was purchased again at his base price. Prior to the IPL 2022, LSG recruited him for INR 20 Lakh, and the left-handed bowler performed well by taking 14 wickets, which included a four-wicket haul, in 9 matches.
RR vs LSG Game Prediction
In the ongoing IPL 2023 season, Rajasthan Royals have participated in three matches, winning two and losing one game. They currently hold the second position in the points table with four points. On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants have played four matches, out of which they have won three and lost one. With six points, they occupy the first position in the points table. So, we can say that LSG can win this game. But as we see head-on-head stats between RR and LSG, we can definitely say that RR has the upper hand to win this game.
Best Batter of the Match
Quinton De Kock has participated in a total of 92 matches during his IPL career, having scored 2764 runs at an average of 32.14. He has also achieved two centuries and 19 half-centuries, with his highest score being 140* runs. Throughout his IPL career, he has struck 277 fours and 106 sixes.
Best Bowler of the Match
Yuzvendra Chahal has participated in a total of 134 matches in his IPL career and has taken 174 wickets, with an average of 21.37. His economy rate is approximately 7.62 runs per over, and his best individual performance resulted in figures of 5/40.
Match 26: RR vs LSG Weather and Pitch Report
The pitch at this stadium is typically hard and flat, providing good bounce to the ball. It is generally advantageous for the batsmen since the hard surface allows the ball to come onto the bat nicely. Additionally, the boundaries at Sawai Mansingh Stadium are relatively small compared to other grounds, which facilitates more boundary hits for the batsmen. Although the pitch tends to favour the batsmen, there is something in it for the bowlers too. During afternoon matches, the ball can get some seam and swing movement early on. Moreover, the pitch is well-known for being spinner-friendly, particularly during the latter stages of the game.
- Initial Ball Movement (1st Inning): Less chance
- Initial Spin Movement(1st Inning): Sight chance of Turn on Pitch
- Middle Over: Slow down of pitch
- 2nd Inning Pitch Behaviour: Advantage for spinner
- Due factor: Less chance of Due
- Pitch Nature: Dry Pitch
On Wednesday, the 19th of the month, the maximum temperature is predicted to be 43°c / 110°f, while the lowest is predicted to be temperature 24°c / 75°f. The day with the most precipitation is anticipated with 0.90 mm / 0.04 inch of rainfall. The windiest day is expected with wind speeds reaching up to 49 kmph / 30 mph.
Due to this hot weather the pitch is hard and flat. So basically the pitch favours the batsmen. The batsman can hit easy boundaries. During the initial stages of the game, there is a possibility that the ball may experience some movement in terms of seam and swing. So the pitch and weather at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium favours batsman as well as bowler too.
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The much-anticipated game between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants promises to be an exciting event, as both teams strive to obtain two vital points. While it may be challenging to anticipate the final result of this encounter, our knowledgeable cricket analysts' opinion is that Lucknow Super Giants have the advantage and are likely to win against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday, 19th of April 2023.