RR would look forward to the final IPL berth for the first time since 2008.
The Rajasthan Royals will take on a merry Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 27 (Friday). Rajasthan enters this match after a heartbreaking three-wicket defeat to Gujarat Titans in the first qualifier a few days ago, where pacer Prasidh Krishna was beaten by David Miller in the final for three huge sixes.
Despite this loss, RR has lived to see another day as they still have a chance to secure a place in the IPL 2022 final. However, they will have to face a side that seems to have come at the right time. peaks and the Faf du Plessis-led side would get into this clash after winning the Eliminator by 14 runs against LSG.
As for RR’s team combination, they would line up the same playing XI who had played against the Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1.
Here’s a look at Rajasthan Royals’ predicted XI against Royal Challengers Bangalore for Qualifier 2 of IPL 2022:
Openers: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler
Youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal did not have a memorable first half tournament in which he was benched due to inconsistent performances. However, once the left leg was included in the playing XI in the second half, he made the most of that opportunity by scoring some stunning half-centuries.
The emerging batter was ejected cheaply for just three runs in the final game and he would be charged for showing better performance in Qualifier 2 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jos Buttler roared back into form with a superb 56-ball 89 as he single-handedly ran the Rajasthans innings with his whirlwind batting performance, also surpassing 700 runs in the process this season. His innings included 12 fours and 2 huge sixes.
Middler-Order: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer
skipper Sanju Samson scored an important 47 runs off 26 balls and played a great supporting knock to Jos Buttler who went crazy from the other side. The duo were involved in a 68-run tie for the second wicket, eventually taking RR to a challenging total of 188/6. On the other hand, Devdutt Padikkal contributed with a 20-ball 28 in the backend of the Rajasthans’ innings and his knock included two fours and as many sixes with a stroke rate of 140.
Shimron Hetmyer was the most reliable batter of the Royals to score crucial runs in the middle and death overs this season. The Windies power-hitter was fired for just four runs to his name in the final game and he would hope to make up for it with a solid knockout against his former team RCB.
All-rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin and Riyan Parag
Ravichandran Ashwin couldn’t do much in the last game as he couldn’t skip until the final. Nevertheless, he had shown his decisiveness with an unbeaten 23-ball 40 in RR’s last league game against the Chennai Super Kings. As for the wickets column, the senior spinner has 11 scalps to his name from 15 matches.
Riyan Parag has blown hot and cold this past season. The youngster was only 4 runs short in the final game when an unfortunate substitution with R Ashwin on the last ball of the innings. It remains to be seen if skipper Samson will give him a chance to fold his arms in the crucial match against Bangalore.
Bowlers: Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal and Obed McCoy
New Zealand pace javelin Trent Boult did take the wicket from Wriddhiman Saha, but he was ineffective at all after that, eventually giving up 38 runs with a 9.5 save rate. Young Prasidh Krishna had a night to forget as he was hit three times by Miller in the final. Apart from that, he went wicketless and also gave up 40 runs from his 3.3 overs at an 11.4 thrift rate.
Yuzvendra Chahal was not colored in Qualifier 1 because he went wicketless. Nevertheless, the wrist spinner heads the Purple Cap list with 26 wickets from 15 matches and would hope to beat a world-class RCB batting lineup in the upcoming knockout match. Caribbean speedster Obed McCoy took the wicket from a well-placed Matthew Wade, but even he was expensive with the ball in hand, getting 1/40 against a thrift percentage of 10.
RR’s predicted play XI against RCB: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.