Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore — Swashbuckling South African men in focus in Eliminator clash

May 25, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Betting Tips for IPL Eliminator
Indian Premier League 2022
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
May 25, 2022 7:30pm

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore

Two teams that left it late and were able to secure their playoff spots in only their final match of the round robin stage meet in Eliminator match of the Indian Premier League 2022 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on May 25 (Wednesday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Lucknow Super Giants

Lucknow Super Giants managed to snap a run of two straight defeats in their last game, thanks to a win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

The result not only got them back on winning ways, it also helped them seal qualification for the playoffs. That said, the win could easily have been a defeat as they edged out Kolkata only by two runs. 

If it wasn’t for Marcus Stoinis’ back-to-back wickets at the death when they had to defend two runs off as many balls, the result could have been very different.

Good thing for Lucknow was that their star batter Quinton de Kock was in sensational touch in the win over Kolkata, smashing an unbeaten 140 off just 70 balls. The bad news is that some of their bowlers were awful. Jason Holder leaked 45 runs in his four overs, while Avesh Khan was even more expensive, conceding 60 and going wicketless.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore have somehow managed to sneak into the playoffs and they have celebrated that quite a bit but it isn’t that the hard part is done. The title-less franchise has been here before. It’s the playoffs where they falter quite often.

They did beat league leaders and final-bound Gujarat Titans in their last game so that might have given them a boost. A dampener would be the fact that the Titans had nothing to play for in that game.

Good thing for them is that their former captain Virat Kohli is scoring runs again. He got 73 in the last game and that’s a welcome boost.

Another boost is that Harshal Patel’s stitches have come off and he is free to be picked now. However, RCB also have the option of going with Akash Deep.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Lucknow Super Giants Royal Challengers Bangalore
PariMatch 1.88 1.92
PariPesa 1.96 1.96 1.89 1.92
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There is very little to choose between these two IPL sides. Parimatch has Lucknow priced at 1.88 and Bangalore at 1.92. Paripesa has both Lucknow and Bangalore priced at pick’em odds of 1.96. Lastly, Sportsbet has Lucknow priced at 1.89 and Bangalore at 1.92.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Faf du Plessis to score more than 25.5 runs @ 1.87

We are not sure if Kohli, even in better form than before, can deliver in big IPL matches under crunch situations. Faf du Plessis though is another story. Even as the captain his game does not seem to be affected much by the burden. We expect him to cover the spread here just like he did in Bangalore’s win over Lucknow earlier in the season when he smashed a 96. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Quinton de Kock to score more than 25.5 runs @ 1.87

Even our second tip is based on a Proteas man to cover the spread. De Kock was in such great touch in the last game and arguably played the innings of the entire tournament. It just does not make sense to bet against a man of de Kock’s class. The odds for this play have also been sourced from Parimatch.


Bangalore were victorious by 18 runs the last and the only other time these two met. Du Plessis, as told above, was the player of the game. Kohli was a liability for the side back then. He is not anymore. Therefore, if we had to pick a winner here, we’d go with Bangalore.

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