RR vs LSG Preview: Rajasthan, Lucknow eager to start the season positively

The action will continue in the Indian Premier League 2024. Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants will take on each other in Match 4 on Sunday, March 24 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan failed to qualify for the playoffs in the previous season. They finished in the fifth spot on the points table with seven wins from 14 matches.

The Sanju Samson-led side will hope to script a turnaround in the upcoming season having bolstered their squad by adding Rovman Powell, Shubham Dubey, Avesh Khan, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Abid Mushtaq, and Nandre Burger. On the other hand, Lucknow qualified for the playoffs in the previous season for the second consecutive time.

Despite losing their captain KL Rahul mid-season due to an injury, LSG managed to seal a spot in the top four in IPL 2023. It was under the leadership of Krunal Pandya. They will hope to make it to their third consecutive playoffs in the upcoming season. They have reinforced their squad by adding the likes of Ashton Turner, Devdutt Padikkal, and David Willey among others. Both teams will look to start their campaign on a positive note and get the first win under their belt in the first game itself.

Head to Head

Pitch Report

In the previous season, out of the five matches played at the venue, three were won by teams batting first. The average first innings score was 171 while the highest target chased was 217 by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Captain winning the toss is likely to bat first keeping the record of the venue in mind.

Probable Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag/RovmanPowell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

Kyle Mayers/Quinton de Kock (WK), KL Rahul (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yash Thakur, Mohsin Khan