In the second qualifier for the Indian Premier League 2022, the Rajasthan Royals would face the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The team would fight hard to join Gujarat Titans in the season’s final. Rajasthan Royals were defeated by the Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier due to poor bowling efforts, whereas RCB arrived here after a convincing win over the Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator game.
The Royal Challengers have a few issues up their sleeves, and the shaky form of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell is giving the team nightmares. Rajasthan has the top run-scorer and wicket-taker on their side, which gives them a significant advantage. They haven’t had the best of records against RCB in recent years, and it will be interesting to see which side keeps its cool in this game.
The Qualifier 2 between Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore will take place on May 27th, 2022 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Match Details to Note
Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Qualifier 2, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: May 27, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Team Previews
Sanju Samson will be concerned about his bowlers’ form going into this game. They bowled horribly against the Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier, losing by 7 wickets. Their record against the Royal Challengers has been poor over the last three seasons, and Sampson will be hoping for a strong performance from his team to propel them to the finals for the first time since 2008.
Jos Buttler returned to form last game with a brilliant knock, and he will look to set up another good opening wicket stand with Yashasvi Jaiswal. Sampson, Devdutt Padikkal, and Shimron Hetmyer are also in good form, and the team will need big performances from them to win this game. Down the order, Ravichandran Ashwin has already demonstrated his hitting abilities, and he and Riyan Parag will look to add quick runs.
Their entire bowling attack put in a poor performance in the previous game, and they will need to improve as they face a strong batting side. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna must coordinate their efforts with the new ball. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ashwin will need to work well together and take advantage of the conditions, as RCB demonstrated in their last game. Obed McCoy will need to deliver better lines in this game to justify his inclusion on the team.
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
Predicted XI: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy
Faf du Plessis’ side won by 14 runs in their last game against the Lucknow Super Giants, putting in one of their best performances of the season. They batted well and kept their cool in the final overs to eliminate LSG from the tournament. It will be a tougher test against Rajasthan, who have been outstanding this season, and du Plessis will want his players to draw confidence from their good record against Rajasthan.
Virat Kohli’s strike rate is a concern, and he, along with du Plessis, will have to provide an electrifying start in this game. Rajat Patidar demonstrated his power-hitting abilities with a brilliant hundred in the previous game, and he would need support from Glenn Maxwell and Mahipal Lomror. Maxwell must prove his worth because he has been inconsistent. Dinesh Karthik has been in great form and must add quick runs with Wanindu Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed to his repertoire.
In the previous game, Josh Hazlewood and Mohammad Siraj went for runs, and they can’t afford to do so again against the RR, who have good firepower at the top. Harshal Patel bowled brilliantly at the death, which boosted the team’s confidence. Hasaranga wasn’t at his best in the previous game, but he has been the most successful bowler, and he plays an important role in the middle overs with Ahmed and Maxwell.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama V Milind, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Luvnith Sisodia, Aneeshwar Gautam
Predicted XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Toss Prediction
Most teams have preferred to chase scores here because the flat surface makes setting up a score difficult. It will be a high-pressure match, and neither team wants to take a chance. The team that wins the toss in this game will most likely choose to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The flat surface and lightning-fast outfield of Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium make it a batsman’s paradise. Big scores have been recorded here because batsmen can hit through the line. The track has not been very helpful to fast bowlers. Spinners have had a good run as the dry surface grips and turns the ball.
May 27 would be a hot and humid evening in Ahmedabad, and we anticipate the track to be a belter with little for the bowlers. The ball would strike the bat hard, providing opportunities for the batsmen to score runs. To win this game, the team batting first would like to score 180 runs.
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Prediction
It will be a close game as both teams pack a punch with the bat. RCB has done well despite the absence of its two main batsmen, Kohli and Maxwell, and they will need to deliver in this game for the team to win. The Rajasthan Royals have been a batting powerhouse, and their spinners have performed admirably. The conditions at this venue would favour spinners, and we believe the Royal Challengers Bangalore will win this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Rajasthan Royals at the odds of 1.80.
- RR batters Jos Buttler has already scored 718 runs in the tournament and appears to be in excellent form.
- Yuzvendra Chahal has 25 wickets for the Rajasthan Royals and has caused problems for opponents.
- RCB’s two key batsmen, Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, haven’t been in the best of form, scoring runs at a dismal rate.