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IPL 2022 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Match 49 – Preview

Match 49 of the Indian Premier League 2022 will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It will be the second meeting between the two teams in this edition, with the Super Kings winning the first one, their first victory for the franchise after four losses in a row.

RCB is coming into the game after three straight defeats. Faf du Plessis and Shahbaz Ahmed have not been at their best, and Dinesh Karthik has also slowed down. Virat Kohli returned to form in the previous encounter with a 58-run innings in 53 balls.

A late surge from Glenn Maxwell and Mahipal Lomror greatly aided the squad in attaining a score of 170. The bowling unit, on the other hand, was unable to protect the score and has significant room for growth. Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga have failed to take enough wickets, while Josh Hazlewood and Mohammed Siraj have been costly.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni-led CSK to a 13-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their most recent league match. CSK’s openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway put together the league’s biggest opening stand of 182 runs.

Mukesh Choudhary was the most successful bowler for the Super Kings, returning with statistics of 4/46. Spinners Maheesh Theekshana and Ravindra Jadeja applied economic pressure on the opposition.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Match 49 – Pitch Report

Both teams scored 180+ in the last match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Because of the green cover on the surface, the pacers are likely to receive assistance. With the dew not being a concern in the second half of the tournament, teams have tried to bat first and produce a huge score in order to win the match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Match 49 – Tactics and Lineups

Royal Challengers Bangalore

In the IPL, Harshal Patel has had some success against the likes of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu is known for his strong wrists, and with his bottom-handed grip also in play, he smashes it through the on-side frequently. Harshal, on the other hand, has dismissed the CSK lynchpin a few times by slowing down the pace, with the fielder stationed at short midwicket/midwicket grabbing the catches. This type of strategy could be beneficial on two-paced decks.

RCB, on the other hand, has been the top bowling side in the middle overs this IPL, taking 34 wickets at an average of 18.53. So it may come down to whether CSK’s ‘anchor-batters’ can once again provide a platform to counter RCB’s danger in the middle overs.

Predicted Lineup – Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Josh Hazlewood

Chennai Super Kings

CSK has often used spinners to throw a wrench in RCB’s plans. The fact that CSK’s spinners have taken 31 wickets at an average of 16 against RCB since 2018 emphasizes the case. Ravindra Jadeja, who has taken the wickets of Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, and Virat Kohli seven, three, and three times in the IPL, might be the go-to man for CSK. Jadeja, on the other hand, has struggled in this IPL, taking only 5 wickets.

Predicted Lineup – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner/Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings Match 49 – Trivia

Ruturaj has hit two fifties in IPL 2022, both at his home stadium of Pune. In fact, he has only scored 65 runs in seven innings in Mumbai.

With 26 wickets in 29 games versus RCB, Jadeja is the top wicket-taker in IPL history. When the two teams played in Pune in 2018, Jadeja grabbed three wickets and was named Player of the Match.