Following a humiliating defeat against SRH, RCB will now face Rajasthan Royals in the 39th match of the IPL. The match will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 26th at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune. This will be RCB’s second meeting with RR this season. In that game, RCB defeated RR by 4 wickets while chasing a 170-run target.
The 39th match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on April 26th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, 39th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 26, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Team Previews
It appeared to be a ritual for RCB to put up the lowest total in each season of the IPL in their final game. After a forgettable performance, Faf du Plessis must have had a lengthy conversation with the boys. This season, the RCB’s top order has been crucial. Except for a couple of games, Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli have not provided the RCB with the necessary start. It’s past time for du Plessis to find a new opening partner. Rawat is having a bad season, which is affecting Kohli’s performance. Kohli has now won two golden ducks in a row this season. If RCB replaces Rawat with Rajat Patidar or Mahipal Lomror, Kohli can start with du Plessis. Furthermore, the addition of Lomror may provide them with an additional spin option.
So far, RCB’s middle-order has been the backbone of their victories. In the middle, Shahbaz Ahmed is providing consistent knocks. The left-handed all-arounder has 178 runs in 6 innings pitched, with a strike rate of 139.06. Dinesh Karthik, who has only been dismissed twice this season, has scored 210 runs at a strike rate of 200. Glenn Maxwell, the RCB’s retainer, has also played fast knocks at a strike rate of 179.71. However, he needs to play for a longer period of time with the current top order.
The RCB’s pace attack will be led by Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel. With the exception of Siraj, the others have proven to be crucial in terms of wicket-taking. Patel and Hazelwood both have nine and eight wickets, respectively. Patel’s death bowling abilities can help RCB against RR, who are known for scoring big runs in the final 5 overs. With 11 wickets, Hasaranga is currently the RCB’s leading wicket-taker. If Lomror comes in, Hasaranga can count on him and Ahmed to help him stop the runs in the middle overs.
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), Mahipal Lomror, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
RR’s mojo has returned after back-to-back victories over KKR and DC. Nothing seems to be going wrong for them. Jos Buttler hit his third century of the season against DC, cementing his hold on the purple cap. You could see him chasing Virat Kohli’s record of 973 runs and four hundreds in a season. So far, Buttler has scored 491 runs at a strike rate of 161.51. Devdutt Padikkal, his partner, is also scoring runs from the other end. Paddikal registered a half-century in RR’s last game. With the additions of Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer later in the season, RR has the most destructible top-order.
Samson and Hetmyer both have strike rates above 170 and have scored over 200 runs. The main disadvantage of RR is its poor middle order. If the fantastic fours fail to perform, both Karun Nair and Riyan Parag are untrustworthy options for RR. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s return to the team will be ideal for Karun Nair. Riyan Parag will almost certainly not be replaced, as RR has been his backup for the last two seasons. Furthermore, aside from the five main bowlers, Parag is the only extra bowler in RR’s lineup.
RR may face a problem with their bowling attack because they only have 5 pure bowlers. As a result, the management anticipates that they will bowl a minimum of 18 to 19 overs. Trent Bolt has gone for runs in the last two games. Prasiddh Krishna is the one who is putting a stop to the runs. What a wicket maiden he bowled in the previous game! This season, Yuzvendra Chahal has been absolutely brilliant with the ball. Chahal has 18 wickets at an economy of 7.28 and has worn the purple cap for the last four matches. R Ashwin, on the other hand, is very economical for RR but does not get the wickets they require. After bowling 28 overs, Ashwin has only four wickets in seven games. After helping RR wins the last two games, Obed McCoy will continue to play the death-over bowler role. The addition of Navdeep Saini over Parag may provide a solution to this problem, but the million-dollar question is who will explain RR management.
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: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction
In six IPL games, both teams had an equal chance of winning. However, the team batting second has won three of the last four times. As a result, the team that wins the coin toss should bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The 39th IPL match between RCB and RR will be played on April 26th at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune. This season, MCA has hosted six IPL matches. The stadium has a seating capacity of 45000 people. It is well-known for high-scoring matches.
The 26th of April will be sunny and clear. The temperature will be slightly higher than usual, ranging between 25°C and 41°C. The wind will be blowing at 10-12 km/h from the west. During the early stages of the game, the pitch favours batters. However, as the game progresses, spinners begin to receive assistance.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Match Prediction
These two teams always have a close encounter. However, RCB has defeated RR on the last five occasions. When compared to their current form, RR has been crushing it on all fronts. They are not only winning, but they are also at the top of the batting and bowling tables. The loss to SRH will haunt RCB for a long time. RR will have an advantage over RCB in this game.
Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at the odds of 1.84.
- RCB were bowled out for 68 in their last game, suffering a crushing defeat.
- RR is in third place in the points table, with 10 points.
- Jos Buttler and Yuzvendra Chahal are wearing both Orange and Purple caps for RR. Respectively.