LSG vs RR Highlights: Rajasthan Royals beats Lucknow Super Giants by 24 runs, closes in on IPL 2022 playoffs berth

RR vs LSG Highlights, Tata IPL 2022: A clinical bowling performance by Rajasthan Royals restricted Lucknow Super Giants to 154 for eight after Yashasvi Jaiswal and Devdutt Padikkal guided Royals to 178 for six at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Highlights of the IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants from the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS BEAT LUCKNOW SUPER GIANTS BY 24 RUNS

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: TRENT BOULT (2/18)

LUCKNOW SUPER GIANTS 154/8 IN 20 OVERS (TARGET: 179)

LSG 154/8 in 20 overs: SIX! Low full-toss by Prasidh and Stoinis deposits this down the ground for six runs. OUT! Stoinis looks to go big on leg-side and ends up slicing this to long-on. Marcus Stoinis c Riyan Parag b Prasidh Krishna 27(17b 1x4 2x6). Swing and a miss by Avesh outside off. Avesh hacks across the line for a single at deep mid-wicket. Boucer to Mohsin and he misses trying to slash over the off-side. Wide outside off and wide called. 26 runs to win off the last ball. Yorker and dug out for a single by Mohsin. Rajasthan Royals wins by 24 runs. 

LSG 145/7 in 19 overs: McCoy bowls out. Mohsin digs out a single to long-on off the first ball. FOUR! Stoinis pulls this to the mid-wicket fence. A bridge too far for LSG but crucial runs in terms of boosting NRR. OUT! Stunner by Parag at long-on. Umpires have a relook and he has floored this. Good effort nevertheless. Angling down leg side and wide called. Wide again down leg side. LSG needs 40 runs to win from nine balls. Low full-toss on off stump and chopped to deep point for one. Swings and a miss outside off by Mohsin. FOUR! Short and wide outside off and Mohsin slashes at this hard and finds four runs behind point.

LSG 130/7 in 18 overs: Chahal bowls out. Two dots to start the over. A couple for Stoinis as he slaps this to deep cover. Mohsin sweeps to long-on for one more. SIX! Full on leg, Stoinis stays leg side of the ball and launches this over long-on for a maximum.

LSG 120/7 in 17 overs: McCoy with the ball. He keeps it on the fuller side, keeps it slower and just three single and a wide. Definitely not helping the cause of LSG - which now has to go over 15 runs an over. OUT! Angling across outside off and Holder edges behind to the keeper. Jason Holder c Sanju Samson b Obed McCoy 1(2b). OUT! Bowled him and Chameera goes. He misses swinging across and straight through the stumps. Dushmantha Chameera b Obed McCoy 0(2b).

LSG 116/5 in 16 overs: FOUR! Wide outside off, turning away, and Hooda carves this behind point for a boundary. Going down leg-side and wide called. OUT! Hooda gets an inside edge onto his pads after stepping down the wicket. The ball dribbles to the keeper and Samson has to uproot the stump the effect the stumping as he fumbles on the first go. Deepak Hooda st. Sanju Samson b Yuzvendra Chahal 59(39b 5x4 2x6).

LSG 107/4 in 15 overs: Boult will bowl his last over. Full and wide outside off and it is just inside the tram-line to keep the umpire from spreading his arms wide. FOUR! Same ball again but Hooda gets enough bat on it this time and squeezes out a boundary at third man. Slower delivery, deceives Stoinis and gets gets an inside edge but Samson does well to keep it from going to the boundary. A couple of runs for Hooda and he gets to fifty off 33 balls with a drive to deep extra cover. Single to end the over.

LSG 98/4 in 14 overs: OUT! Ashwin bowls out. Krunal goes first ball of the over. He thumped this down the ground and a stunning relay catch taken by Buttler and Parag. Buttler took it at long-on and threw it back in just as he went over the cushion with the momentum and Parag was there to complete it. Krunal Pandya c Riyan Parag b Ravichandran Ashwin 25(23b 1x4 1x6). Stoinis sweeps first ball and it is just short of deep backward square leg; two runs. Length ball outside off and thumped for a single to deep point. Another single next ball - a risky one. Dot to end the over as it is driven straight to mid-on by Stoinis. Ashwin ends with 4-0-24-1.

LSG 94/3 in 13 overs: McCoy returns. McCoy tumbles after delivering the first ball. McCoy keeps it on the shorter side and just four singles off the first four balls. Six singles from the over finally. The required run rate climbs to over 12. LSG needs 85 runs to win from 42 balls.

LSG 88/3 in 12 overs: Ashwin bowls his third over. A couple for Hooda with a push to cover. A direct-hit at the non-striker's end but Krunal is in easily. FOUR! Hooda gets a thick outside edge as he looks to slap this length bal on the off-side after making room. Instead the ball goes to short third, where McCoy makes a mess of it to allow four runs.

LSG 79/3 in 11 overs: SIX! Hooda steps out, gets to the pitch of this flighted delivery outside off by Chahal and launches it over wide long-off. FOUR! Full and straight and this is swept away to the square leg boundary for a boundary. Turning into Hooda's pads and flicked to mid-wicket for a single. Just short! Krunal gets a leading edge and it is just short of Chahal. He stepped out to launch this over leg-side but the ball got stuck into the wicket slightly and came late to the bat. Two singles to end the over. Fifty-run partnership up for Hooda and Krunal.

LSG 66/3 in 10 overs: Ashwin continues. Comes around the wicket to Krunal. Driven to long-off for a single. This is going down leg-side for a wide ball. Hooda steps out and flicks this through mid-wicket for a couple more. Driven back to the bowler next ball. Loud appeal for LBW as Ashwin turns it into Hooda on a length. Not given and Samson doesn't review it. Probably going down leg-side. Another single to end the over.

LSG 61/3 in 9 overs: McCoy with the ball. Back of length to Krunal and hops to dab this straight to short third for a dot ball. Too full this outside off and driven square of the wicket by Krunal and a brilliant save by Boult keeps it to three runs. SIX! Slow and short on leg by McCoy, begging to be hit and Hooda pulls this over the keeper for six runs. Two more slower balls and two singles to end the over. Strategic time out!

LSG 49/3 in 8 overs: Ashwin from the other end. Induces a leading edge with the carrom ball and it is just wide of Neesham at mid-on. Turning into Krunal and he tucks it off his pads for a single. Length on the stumps and Hooda makes room outside off to drive and collect one more. Full on the toes and turned away for a single behind square. Shorter and Hooda stays back to push this to long-on for one more. Single to end the over. Fifty runs up in eight overs.

LSG 44/3 in 7 overs: Chahal into the attack. A couple of singles off the first three balls. Chahal needs one wicket to reclaim the Purple Cap from Hasaranga. SIX! Flighted outside off and Krunal shimmies down a bit and launches this over long-on for half a dozen runs. Two more singles to end the over. 10 runs from the over.

LUCKNOW SUPER GIANTS 36/3 IN 6 OVERS (END OF POWERPLAY)

LSG 34/3 in 6 overs: SIX! Rahul shifts gears with this delectable lofted drive over the covers for a maximum. Prasidh offered room outside just short of a length. OUT! Big wicket and it is the captain who departs. Back of a length outside off again but Rahul cuts this straight to point trying to clear the infield. KL Rahul c Yashasvi Jaiswal b Prasidh Krishna 10(19b 1x6). Krunal comes in at number five. Full on the toes and clipped to mid-on for a dot ball. FOUR! Length ball angling outside off and Krunal cuts this behind point for four runs. Prasidh comes around the wicket now and darts one down leg side and flicked away for a single.

LSG 24/2 in 5 overs: Beaten! Boult continues coming over the wicket to Rahul. Moves it away on a length and Rahul misses poking in the channel. Further outside off and Rahul hides his bat a bit and lets it go. Three dot balls to start the over. Fuller, swinging into Rahul's pads, and Rahul clips it to mid-on. Four dots in a row now. Rahul finally breaks the deadlock with a single at square leg, tucking off his hips. Room outside off and Hooda digs this out to cover. One run from the over. Just two runs from the last 12 balls.

LSG 22/2 in 4 overs: Prasidh keeps it tight to Rahul. Keeps it on a length, angling into the stumps. Three dot balls. Shorter outside off and Rahul leans back and lets it go through to the keeper. Length ball into the channel and Rahul thumps it into the ground and it bounces off the surface to the cover fielder. Steered to third man for one and just one run from the over.

LSG 21/2 in 3 overs: OUT! Boult strikes and de Kock has cut this straight to point, where Neesham takes it. Umpires want to have a look if it was cleanly taken. It bounced in his palm and de Kock will have to go. Quinton de Kock c James Neesham b Trent Boult 7(8b 1x4). Badoni comes in. Gone first ball. OUT! Trapped him front. It came in a bit after pitching around middle and beat Badoni's flick on leg-side. Ayush Badoni lbw b Trent Boult 0(1b). Boult on a hat-trick. Hooda almost hands this to the slip fielder trying to dab this to third man and Rahul almost gets run out at the non-striker's end. FOUR! Crisply driven through the covers by Hooda as Boult over-pitches outside off.A couple and dot to end the over. 

LSG 15/0 in 2 overs: FOUR! Full and straight to de Kock from Prasidh and de Kock gently pushes this past the bowler with the full face of the bat and the timing does the rest of the job. Pushed off the backfoot to cover for a single. Rahul gets an outside edge as he looks to dab this behind point but the third man fielder prefers to stay back and save the boundary rather than come up to take the catch. FIVE-WIDES! This bouncer goes awry, down leg, de Kock misses the pull, and Samson leaps to his right to save it but just past his fingertips for five extras. Single and dot to end the over.

LSG 3/0 in 1 over: Boult to de Kock from over the wicker. One slip in place. A big of in-swing first ball and de Kock taps it on the off-side and hares for a single. Boult comes from around the wicket to Rahul. Pushed off the front foot to cover for another one. Full on the pads and flicked to mid-wicket; dot ball. Another full on on the pads, going down leg, and one leg-bye as de Kock misses the flick. Boult now comes over the wicket to Rahul. Short of length angling a touch outside off and Rahul defends off the backfoot. Fuller and straighter and defended back.

Boult will get things underway with the ball. Rahul and de Kock have come out to open the innings for Lucknow Super Giants. LSG needs 179 runs to win from 120 balls.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS 178/6 IN 20 OVERS

RR 178/6 in 20 overs: Avesh bowls the final over. Single for Ashwin first ball as he thumps this one to mid-on. Low full-toss on the stumps and Boult swings and fetches a couple at deep square leg. Slower one, Boult swings and misses, and it goes over the stumps to the keeper. Just a single next ball as Boult drives down the ground. FOUR! Full on the stumps and hacked away to the mid-wicket fence. A couple more to end the innings as Ashwin swings across the line again in front of the stumps on leg-side. RR will be happy to get 10 runs off the last over but Lucknow will be happier to concede just 88 in the last 10.

RR 168/6 in 19 overs: Mohsin bowls out. Boult sends this like a thunderbolt to the long-off boundary. FOUR! Length ball outside off and slapped down the ground to the boundary. FOUR! This is too full outside off and drilled to the cover boundary. Two singles to follow. Full again outside off and Boult digs this out over point for two more. Short, angling outside off, and lofted over cover for one more.

RR 154/6 in 18 overs: OUT! Stoinis takes a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket. Parag goes back to pull this half-tracker but finds the fielder. Riyan Parag c Marcus Stoinis b Ravi Bishnoi 19(16b 1x6). Wide down leg-side next ball. Ashwin comes in and starts with a single. Pushed by Neesham to backward point for one more. OUT! Ashwin drives to mid-off, Neesham hares for the single but Ashwin has hardly gotten off the blocks. The batters haven't crossed and Neesham will have to go. Two singles to end the over. James Neesham run out (Rahul/Bishnoi) 14(12b 2x4).

RR 149/4 in 17 overs: Mohsin comes into the attack in the death overs. Neesham steers this to third-man for a single. SIX! Full outside off and Parag clears his front leg and hacks across the line, clearing the mid-wicket boundary. Short of length, Parag doesn't connect the pull and it lands between the converging fielder at deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Length ball into the pads, Parag tucks it to vacant mid-wicket and hares back for the second. Single to end the over.

RR 137/4 in 16 overs: Bishnoi having a far from ideal day. FOUR! Neesham starts off with a boundary in the mid-wicket region. Googly goes down leg-side and Parag misses the flick. LSG goes up for the review as it believes he got a nick on it. Review shows it came off the pads. Parag kneels and sweeps this to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

RR 130/4 in 15 overs: Krunal continues. FOUR! Neesham reverse-sweeps, and Mohsin lets this between his legs at short fine-leg for four runs. Neesham slips trying to sweep this middle and leg delivery and Krunal appeals desperately for LBW but definitely going down leg.

With six overs left, Rajasthan Royal will hope to get to that 200-run mark at least. The average first innings winning score at this venue is 201.

RR 123/4 in 14 overs: Bishnoi comes back for his second over. Padikkal sweeps this to the mid-wicket boudary, dragging it from outside off. Two more for him behind point. OUT! Sweep again from Padikkal and he finds the fielder this time at deep mid-wicket. Devdutt Padikkal c Krunal Pandya b Ravi Bishnoi 39(18b 5x4 2x6). Neesham comes in and drives this full one on the stumps back to the bowler. Driven to long-off for a single to get off the mark. He keeps strike and time for a Time Out!

RR 116/3 in 13 overs: Krunal comes into the attack. Padikkal flicks a length ball on leg to mid-wicket for one. SIX! Short, Padikkal adjusts by going back in his crease and pulls this over deep square leg for half a dozen. Length ball again and flicked again to mid-wicket for another single. Dot to end the over.

RR 107/3 in 12 overs: OUT! Badoni strikes. Jaiswal gets a top edge on the sweep and Badoni settles under this skier off his own bowling. Yashasvi Jaiswal c & b Ayush Badoni 41(29b 6x4 1x6). Parag is in and starts off with a single off the pads. Paddikal goes back in his crease and pushes this ball that turns into him to long-on for one more.  A couple of twos to end the over.

RR 101/2 in 11 overs: Jaiswal tucks this length ball from Chameera for a single at square leg. Close! Slower one outside off and Padikkal gets an outside edge trying to dab this to third man and falls just short of the keeper. Dabbed again but finds the short third-man fielder. FOUR! Padikkal steps out and looks to heave this on leg-side but a thick outside edge takes this over extra cover and to the boundary. Rahul chases, gets to it, but cannot parry it back neatly. Short of length and Padikkal swivels and pulls this to fine-leg for a couple. FOUR! Slower one on the pads and turned down behind to the boundary for four more.

RR 90/2 in 10 overs: Stoinis with the ball. Beats Jaiswal's outside edge with a slower one outside off. Single for Jaiswal next ball. He moves to 40 off 26 balls. FOUR! Gently pushed by Padikkal down the ground and Holder misfields at mid-off to allow four runs. SIX! No luck here but sheer talent. Full on leg-stump and Padikkal lifts this with poise and grace for a six down the ground. Could watch this on repeat! FOUR! Short and angling away outside off. Padikkal cuts it through the cover to end with a boundary.

RR 75/2 in 9 overs: Holder will continue. Jaiswal pulls straight to deep mid-wicket for a single. One more for Samson at long-on. Slower one again angling across on off and Jaiswal cuts to deep point for one more. Samson cuts this straight to point. OUT! Samson goes for the lofted drive again but finds the fielder at deep cover this time. Sanju Samson c Deepak Hooda b Jason Holder 32(24b 6x4). New batter Devdutt Padikkal ends the over with a dot.

RR 72/1 in 8 overs: FOUR! Bishnoi is greeted with a first-ball four. Full outside off and Samson gets under it and smashes it to the deep extra cover boundary. Full again and Samson lofts this just short of long-off for a couple. Strays outside leg and Samson pulls to backward square leg for a single. FOUR! Another boundary to end the over. Samson with a lofted cover-drive as Bishnoi goes too full outside off again.

RR 60/1 in 7 overs: Holder is into the attack. Samson starts off with a single. Another slower to Jaiswal on off stump and guided to third for one more. Slower ball number three and Samson tucks it to mid-wicket for a single. Short of a length on leg and Jaiswal hops and tucks it off his hips for the fourth single in four balls this over. FOUR! Dug in by Holder into the pitch and Samson is quick on the pull and dispatches this to the mid-wicket boundary for four runs. Fuller on off and clipped to long-on for a single. Nine runs from the over.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS 51/1 IN 6 OVERS (END OF POWERPLAY)

RR 51/1 in 6 overs: Chameera returns with the ball. FOUR! Width and room outside off and Jaiswal slices this behind point for a boundary. He hacks across the line next ball, it goes high in the air and stays aerial for a long time and lands in vacant area at deep mid wicket for a couple. FOUR and NO-BALL! Low full toss and Jaiswal finds the deep point boundary to make it five runs off this ball as it is a no-ball for overstepping. The free-hit is a dot as Jaiswal shuffles across outside leg, Chameera follows and Jaiswal can only dig out this yorker to mid-off. FOUR! Short on leg and Jaiswal pulls this to the fine-leg boundary. SIX! Just a touch short of a length on off stump and the ball pings off the willow of Jaiswal with a cracking sound as the pull is executed to perfection over mid-wicket.

RR 30/1 in 5 overs: Avesh continues. Two dot balls to start with. The second one cuts Jaiswal in half and the ball nips in sharply from a hard length, leading to even de Kock misreading the trajectory behind the stumps. FOUR! Jaiswal responds in style. Shuffles wide outside leg stump, Avesh follows him and the batter still manages to thump this over the bowler for four runs. Dropped! Straying on leg-side on the pads, Jaiswal pulls this straight to fine-leg but Mohsin floors this chance. Two more dots to end the over.

RR 25/1 in 4 overs: FOUR! Mohsin back into the attack. Replaces Chameera. FOUR! Goes across to Samson and the latter edges this wide of slip for a boundary to third-man area. Bouncer pitched outside leg and called wide. Length ball into the body and tucked to mid-wicket. Back of a length angling across outside off and Samson drives off the backfoot but finds the extra cover fielder. Mohsin comes around the wicket now. Fuller on the stump and Samson drives straight to mid-on. FOUR! A bit fuller outside off and Samson sends this racing through covers with a cracking slash.

RR 16/1 in 3 overs: Avesh into the attack. Full, angling in to Buttler, and he drives it back to the bowler. OUT! Avesh strikes and it is the big man Buttler. He shuffles across his stumps to lap this one. But it is too full and Buttler misses as the off-stump goes cart-wheeling away. Jos Buttler b Avesh Khan 2(6b). FOUR! Samson starts off with a boundary first ball. Full on the pads and flicked away through mid-wicket. Two dot balls after that. Samson punches off the backfoot between cover and point for a last-ball single.

RR 11/0 in 2 overs: Chameera from the other end. Length ball shaping away and Buttler pushes behind point for a single. Close! Jaiswal gets an inside edge onto his pads off this length ball angling across on off stump. Another length ball, going further across off stump and dabbed to third for a single. Beaten! Short of length, nipping in from fourth stump, and Buttler is beaten trying to push it off the backfoot. Slightly fuller, angling into the pads and driven to mid-off. Buttler pushes thorough mid-off for a single and keeps strike.

RR 8/0 in 1 over: Length ball first up outside off and Jaiswal cuts straight to backward point. More width outside off and slashed again to the fielder behind point. Mohsin swings this away and Jaiswal swings and misses. Four dots to start. FOUR! A touch too full outside off and Jaiswal drives the through covers for a boundary. FOUR! Two in two. This one is a loose length ball drifting on the pads and pulled away to the fine leg fence.

19:27 IST: LSG is in a huddle and the umpires have walked out. Rahul pepping his boys up. Big game for RR. Not so much for LSG - but a win today will seal a top-two finish for Lucknow. Mohsin will open the bowling.

RR VS LSG PLAYING XI

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c) (wk), James Neesham, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan.

TOSS: Rajasthan Royals wins the toss and elects to bat. James Neesham comes in for Rassie van der Dussen and Obed McCoy comes in for Kuldeep Sen. For Lucknow Super Giants, Ravi Bishnoi replaces Karan Sharma.

GROUND CONDITIONS: The square boundaries are 72m and 76m long, while the straight boundaries 82m and 88m. Should be a good wicket to bat on and Hayden thinks 180 to 190 can be chased down.

LSG vs RR DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM PREDICTION

Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler (c), Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul

Batters: Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Devdutt Padikkal

All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin (vc), Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan

Team Composition: LSG 7:4 RR Credits Left: 0.0

IPL 2022 STATS AT BRABOURNE

Total matches played: 14

Team batting first won: 7

Team batting second won: 7

Average first innings score: 179

Average first innings winning score: 201

Lowest score successfully defended: 177

Highest score successfully chased: 211

PACE VS SPIN COMPARISON AT BRABOURNE IN IPL 2022

Pace: Wickets: 103; Economy: 9.34; Average: 32.44; Strike Rate: 20.8; BBI: 4/34.

Spin: Wickets: 64; Economy: 8.23; Average: 21.68; Strike Rate: 15.7; BBI: 5/40.

RAJASTHAN ROYALS AT BRABOURNE IN IPL 2022

Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs

LUCKNOW SUPER GIANTS AT BRABOURNE IN IPL 2022

Beat Mumbai Indians by 18 runs

Beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets

LAST FIVE RESULTS AT BRABOURNE IN IPL 2022

Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 runs

Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Titans by five runs

Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 21 runs

Gujarat Titans beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine wickets

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MATCH PREVIEW

One team is an IPL newbie. The other is a four-time champion. One has already qualified for the playoffs. The other has been eliminated from the race to the last four. On paper and form, the IPL 2022 match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday looks like a mismatch.

But the Titans will feel this game represents an excellent chance to test their bench strength and iron out the wrinkles if any. For CSK, it's about which Super Kings team will turn up - the Delhi Capitals-dominating one, with all three departments in perfect harmony, or the one that slumped to its second-lowest IPL total in the very next match and lost by five wickets to the Mumbai Indians?

Titans have been phenomenal in Powerplay. They've picked up 24 wickets (first place) at an economy rate (ER) of 7.45 (second best). Mohammed Shami's 10 wickets inside the first six at an ER of 6.12 will keep the CSK top-order on its toes, especially after it was disintegrated by the Mumbai seamers and reduced to 32 for 5 in the Powerplay.

Rashid v Conway

Rashid Khan vs Devon Conway could be a very important duel too if the latter can survive the initial pace burst. Conway has the best strike-rate vs spin (196.5) in IPL-15 among all batters, with a minimum of 100-plus runs against spin bowling.

In 12 matches so far, Rashid has 15 wickets at an ER of 6.79. However, in the two matches at the Wankhede this year, Rashid has just one wicket while conceding 72 runs at an ER of 9.00. Now, Rashid could look to bowl on the fuller side of a good length to Conway to give him less time to adjust off the pitch. But Conway's horizontal bat shots — sweep and reverse sweep — and ability to also step out to spinners should hold him in good stead.

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Rashid and debutant R. Sai Kishore had combined figures of 6 for 31 in Titans' 62-run win vs Lucknow Super Giants in the last match. Between overs 7 and 16, CSK scores at 8.58rpo (third best), so the Titans spin duo will have its job cut out. Rashid has a distinct advantage over one of the three CSK middle-order batters. He has got Moeen Ali out three times in four innings while going for just 36 in 26 balls.

In Ruturaj Gaikwad and Conway, CSK has a robust opening pair. The two have one half-century and two century stands in just five innings.

In the bowling department, Mukesh Choudhary has been a revelation with the new ball. His match-up with Gujarat's top-order will set the tone. At the Wankhede this year, pace has trumped spin with fast bowlers picking 118 wickets and spinners only 53; that should prop him up.

Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu created a stir on match eve after deleting a tweet where he had said IPL 2022 would be his final season. It was later learned that the CSK brains trust spoke to Rayudu, who then took down the tweet.

All said and done, the Super Kings will believe the travails of this season herald an imminent new dawn. After all, the lows of 2020 gave way to a fourth IPL title for CSK last year.

As for the Titans, the sprint to the finish starts now.

LSG vs RR FULL SQUADS

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG): KL Rahul (c), Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Jason Holder, Manish Pandey, Quinton de Kock, Krunal Pandya, Andrew Tye, Avesh Khan, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem, Manan Vohra, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Evin Lewis, Mayank Yadav

Rajasthan Royals (RR): Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Corbin Bosch, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell

WHERE AND WHEN TO WATCH RR VS LSG IPL 2022 LIVE?

The IPL 2022 match between Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 7:30 PM IST on Sunday, May 15. The match will also be LIVE streamed on Disney+Hotstar.