RR vs LSG, IPL 2023 Match 26 Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds

Wednesday’s IPL offering is a top of the table clash with Rajasthan Royals hosting Lucknow Super Giants in Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals are favourites to win with odds of 8/11 (1.73), Lucknow Super Giants are the underdogs with odds of 11/10 (2.10) to get the victory.

These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.

  • Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants, Match 26
  • April 18, 2023 – 15:00 GMT
  •  Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

This will be the first IPL game of the season at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium however the last T20I at this venue saw a good contest between bat and ball. We expect a par score to be 180-185 with good pace alongside turn in the wicket.

The forecast is for partly cloudy conditions in Jaipur on Wednesday evening. There is no danger of any rain interruptions and the temperature will be above 30 degrees throughout.

Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants – Match Predictions

Any time you get the first and second placed sides in any league going head to head, you are always guaranteed an added edge to the contest. Rajasthan Royals come into the game with a two point cushion at the top of the table and we are backing them to win this fixture.

Probable 6s

Even with Jos Buttler walking off with a five-ball duck in the last game, Rajasthan Royals still smashed 15 sixes in their three wicket win over the 2022 IPL Champions Gujarat Titans on Sunday. With a team oozing with six-hitters, we are backing Rajasthan Royals to hit the most sixes on Wednesday.

Our prediction: Rajasthan Royals to hit most sixes in the match at 5/6 (1.83).

Probable Wickets

England fast bowler Mark Wood, alongside Yudvhir Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, all took two wickets for Lucknow Super Giants against Punjab Kings on Saturday. But it is Wood who has taken the tournament by storm this year and is averaging a wicket every 8.72 balls for the Super Giants. He has been the most dangerous bowler in the competition and he is our pick for Lucknow Super Giants’ top wicket taker in this game.

Our prediction: Mark Wood to be Lucknow Super Giants’ highest wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).

Man of the Match

Very rarely does Jos Buttler chew up five balls without scoring in any format, let alone then get dismissed for a duck! However, you can see his quality when you realise that he still averages 40.80 with a strike-rate of 163.20 in the 2023 IPL. The pace of Mark Wood and Avesh Khan should be no problem for Buttler and, with a desire to bounce back with a big contribution, he is our selection to be the Man of the Match in Jaipur.

Our prediction: Jos Buttler to be the Man of the Match at 7/1 (8.00).

Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants

This will be the third contest between the sides with Rajasthan Royals winning both of the meetings in 2022. The Royals won by 24 runs in the last head to head with Trent Boult taking 2-18 and Yashasvi Jaiswal top scoring.

Rajasthan Royals

The strength of Rajasthan Royals was shown by their victory in the last game in spite of their openers, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler, contributing only one run between them. Joe Root is still to make his first appearance in this year’s or any previous IPL.

Predicted XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c) (wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma. Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal

Lucknow Super Giants

With the bowling attack picking up eight wickets even in defeat in their last game, Lucknow Super Giants will be looking for more runs from their key batters in this clash. Mark Wood’s fitness levels have been impressive and he is set for his fifth appearance of the campaign.

Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Yudhvir Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mark Wood

How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List

Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants

With the 2023 IPL producing a non-stop stream of top games, this will be another that you will not want to miss a ball of! The contest can be viewed on Sky Sports Cricket or via the Sky Go App.

  • Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
  • Sky Go (Streaming)

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