IPL 2022 – The BEST Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals
Following a dismal performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be looking to rebound well in the competition. It should be noted that the Red Army’s total was the second-lowest in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Faf du Plessis’ men had no solutions for the Orange Army’s disciplined bowling line-up, as they were skittled out for 68 runs.
On April 26, the Red Army will meet the in-form Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Tuesday. To be sure, RCB is presently fifth in the points table, with five wins in eight games.
The Bangalore Challengers defeated the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Delhi Capitals (DC), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). However, they have been defeated by the Punjab Kings (PBKS), the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and the current champions, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Despite being swept out for the second-lowest total in IPL history, the Red Army would want to try Rajat Patidar in lieu of Anuj Rawat in their playing XI for the forthcoming match.
Let’s take a look at the BEST Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals.
Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar to open the innings
Both openers Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat failed to get off to a good start in their previous match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). While Du Plessis was dismissed for five runs, Rawat was dismissed without troubling the scorers. Faf du Plessis, the captain, has scored 255 runs in eight matches in the IPL 2022. In the next game, he’ll want to do well with the bat.
After a string of poor performances, Anuj Rawat may be replaced with Rajat Patidar. The 28-year-old has only played four IPL matches and has scored 71 runs at an average of 17.75. Patidar will want to establish his worth to the Red Army and become a permanent member of the playing XI if given the chance.
Suyash Prabhudessai, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik add power to the middle order
Former RCB captain Virat Kohli has yet to open his account in the last two games. Kohli was sent back to the pavilion after going out on zero again in the previous match against SRH after recording a duck against LSG. The run machine is starving for runs and will be looking to make a statement with the bat in the forthcoming encounter.
Suyash Prabudessai, a newcomer to the middle order, has failed to make an impression. The 24-year-old did get 15 runs in his previous match but was unable to get going this time. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik, who has been in great form in the IPL so far, was unable to get going against the Orange Army. Suyash and Karthik will both try to improve on their performance from the last bout.
Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed and Wanindu Hasaranga bring in all-rounder support
Glenn Maxwell has 124 runs and a half-century in five IPL 2022 matches, with his 55 against the Delhi Capitals being the highest. The right-arm spinner has only taken one wicket with the ball in hand, and a lot will be riding on the Australian star when he takes the field against RR’s strong-looking bowling lineup.
Shahbaz Ahmed, a left-handed batter, has been one of RCB’s standout middle-order performances this season. Ahmed has impressed with his ability to score runs quickly, scoring 178 runs in six innings. However, he underperformed in the previous match and will be looking to contribute with both bat and ball in the forthcoming match.
Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka may not have had much impact with the bat, but he has bowled some superb stints for the Red Army. The right-handed spinner has performed admirably thus far, taking 11 wickets in eight matches, and he will be eager to get some crucial wickets against his RR in the next group stage match.
Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, and Mohammed Siraj form the bowling attack
Pacer Harshal Patel has been among the wickets in this edition, as he was in the previous one. The right-arm pacer was the Red Army’s lone successful bowler in their previous encounter against SRH. He dismissed Abhishek Sharma, who was batting on 47 runs in 28 balls. The 31-year-old will want to keep his good run going in the forthcoming games.
Josh Hazlewood of Australia stunned everyone with his brilliant bowling performance against LSG, recording statistics of 4/25 at an economy rate of 6.20. However, in the preceding encounter, the Australian fast failed to take any wickets. Similarly, Mohammed Siraj has bowled effectively in patches but has not been at his best. Both Hazlewood and Siraj will be looking to take the expensive wicket of Jos Buttler in their upcoming match against RR in order to halt the run flow during the field restrictions.