Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Monday night at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. It’s a crucial game for the visitors as they are currently ranked sixth on 8 points and will be looking to jump ahead with a win tonight. LSG, on the other hand, sit in second place and a victory will take them to first place.
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Meanwhile, visiting skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first. He confirmed that star pacer Josh Hazlewood is fit and will play this game. He added that youngster Anuj Rawat replaced Shahbaz Ahmed in the playing XI.
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“We’re going to have a bat. There will be a little more cornering in the second heats, I can feel it. I feel much better now. We have Hazlewood tonight, and Anuj is replacing Shahbaz. Our team is well adapted to these conditions. It’s just about hitting well tonight,” said Faf du Plessis after winning the draw.
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LSG has also changed its line-up. Fast bowler Avesh Khan has been replaced by versatile Krishnappa Gowtham in the playing XI.
“It will just be hard work on this pitch for both teams. Just a change. Avesh Khan misses and K Gowtham comes in. Having played here twice, we know spin will be used more than pace here. I just want to keep our composure during difficult times. The only thing we talked about is not coming with a fixed mindset and we have to play well and limit them to a low total, “said LSG captain KL Rahul.
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Here are the XIs in play:
Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul(c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Amit Mishra, Yash Thakur.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik(w), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.
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