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RR look to maintain winning run against resurgent LSG


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Lucknow, April 26: High-flying Rajasthan Royals will look to continue their winning momentum and consolidate their position at the top when they take on a resurgent Lucknow Super Giants, who would be gunning for revenge at home in an IPL match here on Saturday.
Former champions RR have looked in ominous form this season with seven wins from eight games, and they could be a tough nut to crack for LSG.LSG, meanwhile, too have played some good cricket and are placed fourth with five wins from eight games.But going into Saturday’s match, RR would certainly be the favourites as they have registered a hat-trick of victories after a rare blip against Gujarat Titans.Assam batter Riyan Parag has been the flavour of the season for RR in the batting department. The youngster reinvented himself and has been the team’s highest scorer with 318 runs from eight games.The return to form of Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was struggling a bit this season, has further strengthened RR’s batting. While chasing a 180-run target in the last game against Mumbai Indians, Jaiswal smashed an unbeaten 104 off 60 balls to power his side to a comfortable nine-wicket win.Jaiswal’s return to form is something RR’s opponents should really be worried about given the devastation the youngster and Jos Buttler can wreak at the top of the order.RR’s batting typically revolves around skipper Sanju Samson, who has scored 314 runs so far, and with West Indian Shimron Hetymer capable of hitting top gear, the 2008 IPL champions have a potent lineup.The likes of Rovman Powell and Dhruv Jurel, though, need to contribute more.RR also boast of a potent bowling attack comprising the experienced Trent Boult, Avesh Khan and Sandeep Sharma, whose 5 for 18 against Mumbai Indians has really fired up the side.
Match start time: 7.30 PM IST. (PTI)


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