The Rajasthan team will lock horns with the Lucknow team in the 26th match of the Indian Playerzpot 2023 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on 19th April, Wednesday. Rajasthan and Lucknow have been standout teams so far. Rajasthan registered its wins against Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, and Gujarat and lost a match against Punjab. While Lucknow won against Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore and lost two matches against Chennai and Punjab. Rajasthan and Lucknow will look to win most of the matches in the initial stages of the Indian Playerzpot League in order to avoid any worries in the progressing season.

In the league standings, Rajasthan is currently at the top of the points table with eight wins after five matches and Lucknow is in the second spot with six points after five matches. The match between Rajasthan and Lucknow is expected to be exciting as S. Samson-led side will look to retain the top spot with the fifth win of the season, while KL Rahul-led Lucknow will look to defeat Rajasthan in their den.

Players to watch out for

#1 S. Samson (Rajasthan): S. Samson put up an impactful performance with the bat, scoring 60 off 32 balls at a strike rate of 187.50. He turned the game around for Rajasthan by smashing three sixes on the trot off Rashid Khan’s delivery in the 13th over. He accelerated the innings as per the situation of the game. Overall, Samson brilliantly led the team from the front to stun Gujarat. His captaincy has been spot-on in terms of field placements and batting order. Samson is an attacking top-order batsman who can turn the game around on its head with some good knocks in the middle overs. His ability to remain calm under pressure makes him a standout player for Rajasthan. S. Samson will look to produce another impactful performance against Lucknow.

#2 KL Rahul (Lucknow): KL Rahul seemed to have found his rhythm during the match against Punjab, scoring 74 off 56 balls. It was his first half-century of the season. In the previous games, Rahul was struggling to get going and his intent and strike rate were questioned. However, Lucknow team management continued to back him to perform well. In this season so far, KL Rahul has scored 155 runs, including a fifty, at an average of 31.00 and a strike rate of 113.14. Lucknow’s captain is a reliable opening batsman who can provide a good start and stabilize the innings when needed. KL Rahul will look to improve his SR and maintain his consistency in the upcoming matches.

#3 S. Sharma (Rajasthan): S. Sharma came in as a replacement for P. Krishna and has been an impactful bowler for Rajasthan this season so far. In the match against Chennai, Sharma held his nerve despite conceding two sixes on the trot and delivered three yorkers in the last three balls of the final over to hand a win to Rajasthan. In the previous match against Gujarat, S. Sharma scalped two wickets while conceding just 25 runs at an economy rate of 6.20 in four overs. The 29-year-old has a good pace and also has the ability to swing the ball both ways. S. Sharma will look to produce another impactful performance with the ball in the upcoming match against Lucknow.

#4 YS Charak (Lucknow): YS Charak made his Indian Playerzpot League debut against Punjab and scalped two wickets while conceding 19 runs at an economy rate of 6.30. His name made a lot of buzzes after he picked the first wicket in the first over and dismantled Punjab’s top-order of the batting line-up with sheer pace, good control and excellent line and length. Despite providing breakthroughs for Lucknow in the first two overs of his spell, his effort went in vain. However, YS Charak is expected to feature in Lucknow’s Playing XI and his pace can be a potent threat to Rajasthan’s batting line-up.

Predicted Playing XI

Rajasthan: J. Buttler, Y. Jaiswal, D. Padikkal, S. Samson [C], R. Parag, S. Hetmyer, D. Jurel, R. Ashwin, T. Boult, S. Sharma, A. Zampa, Y. Chahal,

Lucknow: KL Rahul [C], K. Mayers, D. Hooda, K. Pandya, N. Pooran, M. Stoinis, A. Badoni, Y. Singh, R. Bishnoi, A. Khan, M. Wood,

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: S. Samson

Batsmen: J. Buttler, KL Rahul, Y. Jaiswal, N. Pooran, S. Hetmyer,

All-rounders: K. Pandya,

Bowlers: Y. Charak, S. Sharma, Y. Chahal, M. Wood,

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