Mohammad Kaif Explains Why LSG Have a “60-40” Advantage Over RCB in the IPL 2022 Eliminator. KL Rahul will be crucial as Lucknow Super Giants face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif believes Lucknow Super Giants have a slight advantage over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL 2022 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. According to Kaif, the KL Rahul-led side has the better bowling attack and the advantage when it comes to batting. LSG finished third on the IPL 2022 points table in the league stage, while RCB qualified for the knockouts by a hair’s breadth with a fourth-place finish confirmed only after the penultimate league match.
“Essentially, Lucknow’s bowling is superior to RCB’s. Mohammed Siraj was dropped in the previous match, and Siddarth Kaul took his place, giving 40 runs in 4 overs, which is quite expensive “Mohammed Kaif stated on Star Sports’ ‘Game Plan.’
“Apart from Hazlewood, RCB’s bowling on the Eden Gardens pitch is quite poor. Because Lucknow’s bowling is superior, RCB must improve their batting performance and hit more sixes to win today’s match. It’s a fantastic battle! “He stated.
LSG have the advantage with the bat, with openers Rahul Dravid and Quinton de Kock in fine form.
“Lucknow has an advantage in batting. KL Rahul and De Kock are in good form, and they have a strong bowling unit. As a result, RCB will have to put in a lot of effort. They will win today’s match if they hit more sixes “Kaif stated.
“Maxwell’s small innings must be turned into big ones, and Virat Kohli must maintain his form. If you ask me, Lucknow has a 60-40 chance of winning this battle “He had an opinion.
He suggested that KL Rahul play with more freedom and not be bogged down by captaincy.
“KL Rahul, in my opinion, wants to play a captaincy innings and puts a lot of pressure on himself. Because you are in good shape, you should try to bat while chasing in the same way you bat first “He stated.
“De Kock is playing alongside you, and his job is to be aggressive, whereas yours is to play until the final overs. He appears to be under pressure while chasing and has been dismissed several times, but he is a class batsman “Rahul, according to Kaif.
“He has good form, runs well, has a good temperament, and knows how to play until the end. He shoots in all directions. He takes his time at first, but he knows how to finish a game “He stated.
“So, in terms of today’s match, LSG arrived here after a rollercoaster ride. They are making their debut in the IPL. KL has led the team to the playoffs and has performed admirably as captain and batter. The true test of his fitness will be today, because you don’t want to make any errors in today’s match “Kaif stated.
“He should not put too much pressure on himself and should let De Kock hit shots for himself. He should employ the ‘watch the ball and hit the ball’ approach “He counseled.
Rahul, who has two centuries this season, is second in the Orange Cap race, with Quinton de Kock not far behind.