Lucknow Super Giants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore — IPL Summit up for Grabs as Faf and Rahul’s Men Clash

April 19, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 31
Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai


Lucknow Super Giants Lucknow Super Giants
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore

Expansion franchises usually take time in getting up to speed against established rivals but that general rule has failed this IPL. Gujarat Titans have lost just one of their first six games, while Lucknow Super Giants have done only marginally worse with four wins in six outings.

The KL Rahul-captained side can usurp their fellow newcomers when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai on April 19 (Tuesday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Lucknow Super Giants

With Gujarat Titans not scheduled to play their next match until Saturday, this is Lucknow’s chance to climb the league summit and stay there for the next few days if they beat Bangalore in this game, although the top spot is open for Bangalore as well, since they also have eight points.

The good news for Lucknow is that their top two of KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock are performing well. The skipper has a ton and a half century to his name while the African import has two fifties.

The bad news is that their one-down spot is giving them headaches. They’ve tried Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey and K Gowtham and neither has managed to hold the spot for long.

Jason Holder seems to enjoy playing against Bangalore and has nine wickets in just five outings against them. Bangalore will be advised to play his overs with caution.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

While Lucknow’s top two are clicking beautifully, Bangalore’s top order has yet to get going by their own admission.

Dinesh Karthik’s heroics at number seven have saved them multiple times and hidden the failures of their specialist batters but it cannot go on for long.

While Karthik has been brilliant, much of his body of work has been carved against pacers. Against spin, however, he can still look a bit vulnerable at times. Thus, his battle with Lucknow’s Ravi Bishnoi will make for an excellent watch.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Lucknow Super Giants Royal Challengers Bangalore
PariMatch 2.0 1.81
PariPesa 2.068 1.86 2.0 1.81
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Lucknow have shown that their inexperience will not be any kind of impediment in their maiden campaign but they still seem to be out of favour with the oddsmakers in this IPL fixture. Parimatch and Sportsbet have Lucknow priced at 2.0 and Bangalore at 1.81. Meanwhile, Paripesa has Lucknow available for 2.068 and Bangalore for 1.86.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Quinton de Kock to score more than 23.5 runs @ 1.87

Of the three superstar openers involved in this game, the spread is the lowest on Quinton de Kock. The South African also has been in great form this season, with just one single-digit score in his last five matches. The runs are flowing for him and so we feel confident backing him here. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Dinesh Karthik to score less than 24.5 runs @ 1.85

Keep in mind that we’re not backing Dinesh Karthik to fail here as only a fool would take such a bet. We’re backing his top order to finally make itself count. The likes of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli cannot be failing for long. And if they click, it should leave little overs for a number seven batter that Karthik is. Therefore, we back him to score less than the 24.5-run spread. The odds have been sourced from Sportsbet.


This remains a toss-up for us. We’re not picking a winner here. But if we had to we’d have taken a small punt on Lucknow.

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