The winning team will face the final of Gujarat Titans IPL 2022.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the Lucknow Super Giants to seal their date with the Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2, the penultimate game of the IPL 2022† While RR had finished in the top two of the points list to enter the playoff stage, they previously faced a heartbreaking defeat to the Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 1.
RR didn’t look cheerful as a unit when they met GT at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. While the in-form Yashasvi failed to surprise Jaiswal, Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson sailed the ship forward. Samson put on a brilliant performance, making quick runs before being fired. While Buttler took his time to adjust, he put on a great batting display towards the end of the innings.
RR bowlers did a great job of scalping the highest order GT batters, but they couldn’t stop their middle class from hitting the shots. It was the calmness of skipper Hardik Pandya and David Miller‘s power-hitting ability that helped the side win the game in the final. By the end, there wasn’t much left as the duo had the game in their hands and sealed the win to enter the finals in their first-ever IPL outing.
RCB, on the other hand, got off to a slow start in their match against LSG, but Rajat Patidar carried the game on his shoulders and scored an unbeaten 112* in 54 deliveries to bring the team total to 207/4 as he and Dinesh Karthik formed a brilliant partnership.
LSG’s batters left no stone unturned as they started the chase, but RCB bowlers fought back stronger and defended with total brilliance. While RR lost their previous game, RCB has winning momentum and high spirits from their glorious wins in their previous two games.
While RCB will continue to keep the momentum alive, they will also work harder on those aspects that are causing problems against LSG. The openers will have to set up their A-Game to get close to their dream IPL trophy. RCB has a stable mid-range lineup, but consistency will be key for the players.
As for RR, the bowlers will have to work their charm to keep up with the game. The bowling unit failed to perform against GT and allowed them to score big during the chase. While the top-ranking batters are reliable, the middle league will have to work hard to bolster the team’s innings and help deliver a big total.
Location and conditions
The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad is expected to create a level playing field for both batters and bowlers. The captain who wins the toss may prefer to go chasing to get a better idea of the field and conditions. The venue has hosted 17 T20s to date and the average first inning score is 162.
Play combinations for RR vs RCB
Jos Buttler regained his form in the previous match and will need to maintain consistency. Shimron Hetmyer is expected to play the part of the finisher in the much needed win. While Boult, Ashwin and Chahal will bring their experience into play, Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy will have to work hard on their economy.
Predicted play XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The top order of RCB should take control of the game while the middle order balances it out towards the end. Much more than usual will be expected from Siraj in the bowling department by not giving away any runs.
Predicted play XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
RR vs RCB head to head
Played – 27 | RR – 11 | RCB – 13 | NR -3
RR vs RCB Broadcast details
Match times – 19:30 IST
TV – Star Sports Network
live streaming – Disney+Hotstar