Lucknow and Rajasthan will lock horns at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on May 15. At the moment, both teams are reasonably well-positioned. The only difference between the two sides are the the number of wins. The Indian T20 League debutants are in the second spot on the points table with eight wins. On the other hand, the inaugural winners are in the third spot with seven wins. Both teams are inching close towards officially qualifying for theÂ playoffs, and would like to seal the deal in their upcoming game itself. In the last match between the two teams earlier in the tournament, the Sanju Samson-led side won by three runs.
Lucknow:Â The team had a forgettable outing against Gujarat in their last game. In the reverse fixture, the Men in Mint Green were all-out for 82 runs, chasing a modest target of 145 runs. The team would like to put this disappointment aside and get back to the winning ways. The team would like to bring back Ravi Bishnoi in place of Karan Sharma.
KL Rahul:Â The skipper of the team has been the second-highest run-getter of the tournament so far. However, his returns have dipped in the last few games. He would like to get back to his old form. Thus, Rahul could be an important player for the team.
Avesh Khan:Â The right-arm pacer has been superb this season. He had a decent outing against Gujarat with two wickets for 26 runs. He could be the key to success for the team in the next game.
Probable XI:Â KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan
Rajasthan:Â The team is coming off an eight-wicket hammering against Delhi. They now need to win this game to go one step closer to the playoffs as they wouldn’t want to leave things for the last game. They are missing the services of Shimron Hetmyer, who has been brilliant for them. His availability is unknown but it is certain that he won’t play this game. In the playing XI, they can include Jimm Neesham, who can provide bowling and batting option in the team, in place of Rassie van der Dussen
Yashasvi Jaiswal:Â He made a remarkable comeback with an explosive half-century against Punjab. However, he couldn’t carry his form in the next game against Delhi. He has the ability to provide a great start and could be an important player in the next game.
Kuldeep Sen:Â The right-arm pacer has been the find for the team in this season. He hasn’t picked too many wickets but has been effective thanks to his raw pace. He could be the key to success in the next game.
Probable XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Jimmy Neesham, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Pune
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report:Â The last game at the venue between Bangalore and Punjab saw the Mohali-based team scoring in excess of 200 runs. This means that the wicket was good to bat on. Expect the same conditions on offer and a high-scoring game on our hands