RCB won by 67 runs in their last league game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has seven wins in 12 league appearances and is currently fourth in the IPL 2022 points table. They need at least one more win to confirm their qualification for the play-offs. In their last league game, the Challengers won by 67 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
RCB had posted a score of 192 on the board, with the captain’s anchor roll and some fine mid-range hits. In addition, the bowlers continue the momentum to limit the opposition. In their next league match, they will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. For this game they are expected to play with the same winning combination.
Here’s a look at the predicted XI of the Royal Challengers Bangalore against PBKS:
Openers: Faf du Plessis (c) and Virat Kohli
RCB’s opening duo is one of the veteran pairs in the IPL. However, both have failed to be consistent enough with their performance as a single unit. While Faf du Plessis has done well on most occasions, the shape of Virat Kohlic is a worrying sign for the team. If they want to win the remaining matches and reach the playoffs, both players will have to stand up and perform for their team.
Faf has 389 runs in 12 innings and is currently fourth in the list of highest points scorers this season. In the final game, he hit 73* off 50 balls, consisting of eight fours and two sixes, and played a key role for the team in building a strong total on the board.
On the other hand, Kohli has 216 runs at an average of 19.63, with a top score of 58 for 53 balls. In the last league game he registered his third golden duck of the season. His ability to direct the team and form partnerships has certainly been absent from the tournament thus far.
Middle order: Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik (wk) and Mahipal Lomror
The team’s mid-range has been rock-solid with their performances to get them out of trouble and keep the team’s scoreboard ticking at a superb pace. Their confidence has helped the team to come in handy even in the most difficult situations. The youngster Rajat Patidar was prolific contributing 137 runs in 4 innings, hitting 135.64, with a top score of 52.
In the last league game, Patidar collected 48 runs on 38 balls, with four fours and two sixes. Another talented batter Mahipal Lomror has 58 runs with a batting rate of 165.71. Whenever he got the chance, he returned with explosive performances to provide a late bloom in the last few overs.
The calm and composted wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik has been clear in the current season and has been able to hit the balls in a very clean way. In the last outing, he hit 30 of eight balls, with one four and four huge sixes. In total, Karthik has 274 runs with a strike rate of 200.
Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed
The all-rounders have played a vital role for RCB this season in terms of their contributions at crucial moments of the game. If they were ever unable to contribute in one of the departments, they have done well in the other.
Glenn Maxwell has 193 runs in nine innings, with a top score of 55 and also has four wickets to his name. In the last league game, he scored 33 out of 24 and also finished with 1/13 from his two overs.
Shahbaz Ahmed has 198 runs at a strike rate of 124.52 and has been calculating with his approach this season. With the ball, he has scalped three wickets against an expensive economy of 9.17. The left-hander was impressive against the right-handed batters with his armballs.
Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood
RCB’s bowling unit was great with their performance in the last league game and will be confident of their ability. The Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga finished 5/18 from four overs, opening the floodgates of the opposition. He is certainly in his best form in the current season and has scalped a total of 21 wickets with an economy of 7.85.
The fast bowling unit has been inconsistent but has done well in the last two games. Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood has amassed 13 wickets in eight matches with an economy of 6.81. In the last outing he took two wickets and gave up just 17 runs.
Harshal Patel took 14 wickets in 11 matches, while Mohammed Siraj has just eight wickets in 12 appearances. Both bowlers have not shown their natural wicket-taking form and need an improvement in their performance.
RCB’s predicted playing XI for the PBKS clash: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.