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IPL 2022 – The best Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI to face the Chennai Super Kings

On April 12, Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022 Match 22 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. RCB will be fired up, coming off a seven-wicket victory against Mumbai Indians in their previous meeting. On the other side, CSK have lost all four of their games.

Bangalore have been outstanding with the bat and ball this season, and special mention must be made of their rock-solid batsmen, who have delivered match-winning performances when it counted most. Despite comfortably winning their previous encounter, RCB will make a few changes against CSK. While one will involve the addition of a foreign pacemaker, the other will necessitate a modification.

In this article, we will put forward the predicted XI for the Royal Challengers Bangalore to face the Chennai Super Kings.

 

Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat to maintain the opening partnership

 

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Faf du Plessis began his 2022 season with a blazing 57-ball 88 against Punjab Kings, but his consistency thereafter dipped. He scored 50 runs in the following three matches and has 138 runs at an average of 34.50 with a strike rate of 131.43. The Proteas legend is likely to attack his old side Chennai with all guns blazing.

Anuj Rawat returned to form with a match-winning 47-ball 66 in the penultimate encounter against Mumbai. He displayed exceptional bravery against the MI bowling attack and would be brimming with confidence as he attempts to replicate his performance against the reigning champions.

 

Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik to solidify the middle order

 

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Virat Kohli made his bat do the talking wonderfully in the last match against Mumbai Indians, anchoring the chase with a 36-ball 48. He was denied a half-century he deserved after being handed a dubious lbw off Dewald Brevis. Kohli, who has two 40-plus scores this season, will be looking for a huge score against the Chennai Super Kings.

Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, is yet to be dismissed this season. He has been RCB’s rescuer with some spectacular middle-order efforts that have aided the team’s cause. The experienced wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 97 runs in four innings and would be looking for a big score.

 

Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed and Wanindu Hasaranga to bring depth as all-rounders

 

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Glenn Maxwell scored the winning runs against MI in the previous match when he smashed Dewald Brevis for two consecutive fours in the last over. Maxwell was a necessary retainer for Bangalore this season. In 2021, he was the RCB’s best run scorer with 513 runs in 15 matches. The Australian power-hitter can also give breakthroughs with his right-arm off-break, having taken 22 wickets at an economy rate of 8.55 in 97 IPL appearances.

On the other side, Shahbaz Ahmed has established himself as a capable middle-order batsman. He has scored 72 runs in his past four games but has yet to register a wicket with the ball in hand. Ahmed has nine scalps to his name from 17 IPL matches. With his all-around ability, he would be expected to operate in tandem with Glenn Maxwell.

Wanindu Hasaranga has been the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s most consistent player with the ball in hand. The Sri Lankan spinner has eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.50 in four matches.

 

Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep, and Mohammed Siraj will form the bowling attack

 

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Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood could make his debut for RCB. The tall speedster, who is likely to replace David Willey, picked up 11 wickets from nine games for CSK last season. Siddarth Kaul will be replacing pacer Harshal Patel, who has gone back home due to personal reasons. Kaul has registered 58 scalps to his name from 54 IPL  appearances so far.

Uncapped player Akash Deep has been really impressive with the ball in his debut season. He has so far picked up five wickets from four matches. Mohammed Siraj has been RCB’s pace spearhead for a while. The Hyderabad fast bowling sensation, who was also the franchise’s mandatory retention for this tournament, has only managed three wickets from four matches this season. He would be eager to make the ball do the talking against the title-holders.

 

The final predicted XI for the Royal Challengers Bangalore should look something like this –

 

Wicket Keeper – Dinesh Karthik

Batters -Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli

All-Rounders – Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga

Bowlers – Josh Hazlewood, Siddharth Kaul, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj