IPL2022 league phase is spicing up with teams fighting hard to find their right balance in the playing XI and crucial points from wins. Rajasthan Royals beat SRH and MI in their first 2 matches and are looking in great shape and momentum ahead of their next match. They will look to make some small changes to their playing XI to fix the little cracks. RCB after a loss came back strongly with a win in their next match but was not so convincing and will be looking to come up with a strong showing in this match.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS PREVIEW
Jos Buttler set the match with his whirlwind century off just 67 balls at the top while the duo of Sanju Samson (30 runs) and Shimron Hetmyer (35 runs) provided the firepower at the other end. Youngsters Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, and Jaiswal need to step up with their performances. They might opt for James Neesham to provide more depth in the batting and bowling departments.
Pacers Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna picked up 3 wickets each and have formed an excellent new-ball duo for the team. Yuzi Chahal is having a brilliant season with 5 wickets with Ashwin bowling superbly to restrict the batters effectively in middle overs. Navdeep Saini picked up 2 wickets last night but leaked a few runs.
Top players to bet on: Sanju Samson, Yuzi Chahal, Jos Buttler
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE PREVIEW
RCB almost spoiled their chase of 129 runs in their last game as they were left reeling at 17/3 with top-3 back in the hut. David Willey (18 runs), Sherfane Rutherford (28 runs), and Shahbaz Ahmed (27 runs) played sensibly and brought them back on track. Dinesh Karthik`s experience came to the fore as he finished the match in the last over with Harshal Patel for company.
Mohammed Siraj and Akash Deep claimed 3 wickets inside the power play to set the opposition on the back foot early in the match. Wanidu Hasaranga ran through the middle order with figures of 4-0-20-4 while Harshal Patel claimed 2 wickets to bowl out the opposition for 128 runs. David Willey and Shahbaz Ahmed can provide all-around balance to their playing XI with bat and ball.
Top players to bet on: Aiden Markram, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar Kane Williamson
Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 13, IPL 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium
Date & Time: 5th April, 7:30 PM
Mumbai will have bright and sunny weather on match days with weather interruptions. We expect dew to have a big impact in the second innings of the match.
TOSS: TO BOWL
Teams batting second won all the 3 matches played here so far and dew might tempt the captains to chase the total here.
All three games played at the Wankhede Stadium have so far gone in the favor of the side batting second and a major part of the reason is the dew that comes into play in the latter half. The pitch is a belter for batting and wickets in hand will always be key while posting a total. The captain that wins the toss is likely to bowl first again going by the results so far.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: VIRAT KOHLI
Virat Kohli, after scoring two exquisite boundaries in the previous game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, was dismissed for 12 and he will be hungry for a big score. The right-hander started well against the Punjab Kings with an unbeaten 29-ball 41 and has looked in good touch whenever he has been at the crease. He likes to step up in big games and he will have a big role to play against the star-studded bowling attack from Rajasthan Royals.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: HARSHAL PATEL
Harshal Patel had a fantastic season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he has started this year’s campaign well. The right-arm seamer picked up 2 for 11 in his previous game against the Kolkata Knight Riders and bowled two maidens as well, coming in the middle overs. He has turned into a match-winner for the side in the last two seasons and is excellent in the death overs which makes him one of the potent options for RCB.
RR VS RCB
RR has a quality batting line-up till No.7 batters lack the depth in their lower-order batting. RCB`s batting depth came to their rescue act in the last match and helped them secure 2 crucial points. RR has 4 quality bowlers with the fifth bowler being an issue so far while RCB`s bowling has been inconsistent and they need to play more attacking in this match. We expect RCB to win this match owing to their batting and bowling depth.
RCB will win the match.