Mohammed Siraj (46) needs four wickets to complete 50 wickets for RCB in the IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals face each other in 39th match of IPL 2022, which is played at the MCA International Stadium in Pune. Last season, RCB reached the eliminator while RR finished seventh. This season so far both RR and RCB are tied with five wins and ten points, with RCB having played one additional game. Both teams will play their second game in Pune this season, with RCB beating MI and RR beating SRH earlier on this ground. The teams will face each other for the second time this season, with RCB beating RR by four wickets in the first meeting.
Two of RCB’s top-three batters, Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli, were quite inconsistent this season. On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik have played their roles well in the middle order. Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood were the best bowlers for them. Hasaranga, however, went for many runs in the last few matches.
Rajasthan Royals have Jos Buttler in steamy form, scoring hundreds in a row and leading the Orange Cap race. Shimron Hetmyer has also been a consistent performer with the bat. They also have the Purple Cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal, who has passed every match for the team.
Meanwhile, here are some of the key stats and numbers for Match 39 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the 2022 Indian Premier League:
head to head: RCB and RR faced each other in 26 IPL matches, with RCB winning 13 and RR winning 10 (three of these matches ended with no result).
1 – Yuzvendra Chahal needs one more wicket to overtake Piyush Chawla and become the second highest wicket taker among spinners in the IPL. Only Amit Mishra has more wickets among spinners.
1 – R Ashwin needs one more wicket to reach 150 wickets in the IPL. He will be the second off-spinner from the milestone, after Harbhajan Singh.
2 † Jos Buttler scored hundreds in both of his last two games, becoming only the second player to do so in the Indian Premier League, after Shikhar Dhawan.
3 – Yuzvendra Chahal has yet to pick three wickets to overtake Shreyas Gopal and have the most wickets from a spinner for Rajasthan Royals in an IPL season.
9 – Points needed by Jos Buttler to become the first player to score 500 points this season. Reaching there, he will become the joint fastest player to 500 runs in an IPL season along with Virat Kohli in 2016. He will become the second foreign player to score 500+ IPL runs for Rajasthan Royals in a season, after Shane Watson in 2013.
18 – Wickets have been taken by Yuzvendra Chahal in this IPL season so far, leading the Purple Cap chart. His average of 11.33, strike rate of 9.3 and economy of 7.28 are the best players to have taken more than ten wickets this season. He also has the best bowling figures (5/40) this season.
68 – RCB was knocked out for 68 in their last game against SRH. This was the lowest team total in the current IPL season.
105 – Dinesh Karthik’s batting average so far this season. He scored 210 runs and was only disallowed twice and has a great strike rate of 200.
2 – Shimron Hetmyer (48) needs two sixes to reach 50 maximums in the IPL.
41 – Jos Buttler (2459) is 41 runs away from reaching 2500 runs in the tournament.
6 – Sanju Samson (394) needs six fours to make 400 fours in T20 cricket.
2 – Samson (198) needs two fours to complete 200 fours for RR in the IPL.
19 – Glenn Maxwell (7981) is 19 runs away from reaching the 8000 T20 run milestone.
3 – Samson (147) is three big hits away from completing 150 maximums in the competition.
4 – Buttler (96) is four sixes away from reaching 100 maximums for RR in the IPL.
9 – Jos Buttler (341) needs nine sixes to reach 350 maximums in T20 cricket.
2 – Obed McCoy (48) is two scalps away from reaching 50 wickets in the T20 games.
68 – Buttler (1932) needs 68 runs to reach 2000 IPL runs for RR.
7 – Dinesh Karthik (6493) needs seven runs to reach 6500 runs in the T20 matches.
1 – Karun Nair (99) is also one six away from completing 100 maximums in T20 cricket.
4 – Mohammed Siraj (46) needs four wickets to complete 50 wickets for RCB in the IPL.
3 – Siddarth Kaul (147) needs three wickets to reach 150 wickets in T20 cricket.
2 – Hetmyer (48) also needs two fours to complete 50 fours in the competition.
5 – Ashwin (495) needs five runs to reach 500 runs in the IPL.