Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are set to face each other in Match No.26 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Wednesday, April 19 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Royals, led by Sanju Samson, are sitting on top of the table with eight points and a net run rate of +1.354 courtesy of four wins from five games. They will go into the game after beating the Gujarat Titans by three wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Super Giants, led by KL Rahul, have won three out of five games and have six points with a net run rate of +0.761. They lost to the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by two wickets in their previous match om April 15. They have a decent chance of going to the top of the table.
RR vs LSG head-to-head record
The Royals and the Super Giants do not have a long record. But it’s pertinent to note that LSG are yet to beat RR thus far.
Here is a look at how the current RR vs LSG head-to-head record stands:
RR vs LSG IPL match results
Going by the results of the two matches, it can be seen that the RR bowlers managed to hold their nerve and restrict their opponent to a low score.
Here is a more detailed look at how this rivalry has unfolded:
|10 April 2022||Rajasthan Royals||3 runs||Mumbai|
|15 May 2022||Rajasthan Royals||24 runs||Mumbai|
RR vs LSG IPL stats
Deepak Hooda is the leading run-scorer in matches between the Royals and the Super Giants. The right-handed batter has notched 84 runs. Devdutt Padikkal is second in the list with 68 runs. Marnus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer and Krunal Pandya are also in the list.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker in matches between the two teams. The leg-spinner has picked up five wickets. Trent Boult, Jason Holder and Prasidh Krishna are the pacers in the list. Krishna isn’t a part of the ongoing IPL after being ruled out due to injury.
Best match in the Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants head-to-head
Back on April 10, the Royals beat the Super Giants by only three runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the Super Giants needing 15 runs to win off the last over, Marcus Stoinis played a couple of big shots, but an over outstanding over from Kuldeep Sen took the Royals past the finish line.
Here is a look at how the match unfolded:
After batting first, the Royals put up a decent score of 165 for the loss of six wickets on the board. Shimron Hetmyer played a critical role after he scored 59 runs off 36 balls with the help of one four and as many as six sixes.
Hetmyer’s knock came at a crucial stage after the Royals found themselves at 67 for the loss of four wickets in 9.5 overs. Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson and Rassie van der Dussen failed to make much of an impact with the bat in hand.
Hetmyer and Ravi Ashwin put on 68 runs for the fifth wicket to help the Royals make a comeback after a nervous start. Ashwin scored 28 runs off 23 balls before retiring out in the penultimate over. Riyan Parag came and hit a six before Jason Holder accounted for his wicket.
The Super Giants found themselves in all sorts of trouble after Trent Boult dismissed KL Rahul and Krishnappa Gowtham for ducks. Holder batted at No.3 without much success before Prasidh Krishna removed him.
Krunal Pandya chipped in with a handy knock of 22 off 15 before Yuzvendra Chahal rattled his woodwork. In the death overs, the onus was on Marcus Stoinis to take the Super Giants past the finish line.
Stoinis stayed unbeaten on 38 runs off 17 balls with two fours and four sixes, but it was not enough for LSG to secure victory. Dushmantha Chameera, who is not a part of the ongoing IPL, scored 13 runs off seven balls.
Yuzvendra Chahal gave away 41 runs, but picked up four crucial wickets of Quinton de Kock, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, and Chameera. The tweaker went on to win the Player of the Match award for his impressive spell of bowling.
After losing both their matches at the hands of the Royals last year, can the Super Giants turn their fortunes around? The task won’t be easy, but LSG can’t be undermined either.