IPL 2022 – The BEST Royal Challengers Bangalore Starting XI to face the Chennai Super Kings
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will face the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022 Match 49 on May 4 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. After losing three successive games in a row, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are desperate for a win to resurrect their campaign. Meanwhile, they will be trying to revenge their loss against CSK in the opposite fixture.
While Bangalore suffered a six-wicket setback to the table-toppers Gujarat Titans in their previous game, they may not be interested in making any changes to their starting XI for this southern derby. The best part for the Royal Challengers Bangalore is that batting legend Virat Kohli returned to form with a half-century in the previous game.
With a lot at stake in this game, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to field their BEST Starting XI to face the Chennai Super Kings. In this article, we will talk about the BEST RCB Playing XI to face the Chennai Super Kings.
Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli open the innings
After being dismissed for a duck against GT, Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis would try to get some runs with the bat. Aside from the last game, the Proteas phenomenon had little impact in the prior two games, in which RCB suffered an embarrassing batting collapse.
Virat Kohli, on the other hand, demonstrated that ‘form is transient but class is permanent by scoring 58 runs, which was nothing short of a morale booster in terms of his individual performance. He’ll be trying to repeat that performance against Chennai’s difficult bowling attack.
Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Mahipal Lomror strengthen the middle order
The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s inconsistency in the middle order has become a source of concern in recent encounters. Rajat Patidar produced a brilliant 32-ball 52 against GT and was also part of a 99-run stand with Virat Kohli after RCB lost skipper Faf du Plessis for a duck. Dinesh Karthik, Bangalore’s rescue in the middle order at one stage, has failed in the last three games, hitting just eight runs, including a duck.
Shahbaz Ahmed has 197 runs from 10 matches, with the best score of 45. In the following game, he’d like to take up the responsibilities in the middle and death overs. RCB posted a fighting total of 170/6 against Gujarat thanks to Mahipal Lomror’s helpful 16 runs in eight balls at a strike rate of exactly 200.
Glenn Maxwell and Wanindu Hasaranga form the all-rounder duo
Despite being one of RCB’s obligatory retainers for IPL 2022, Glenn Maxwell has not been at his best this season, scoring 157 runs from seven matches, including a solitary half-century with a top score of 55. With only one wicket to his name, the star Australian all-rounder has also failed to make a mark in the wickets column.
Wanindu Hasaranga, in addition to being a devastating leggie, can also play powerful shots lower in the order. He has completed 37 runs, with the best score of 18. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan cricketer has been outstanding with the ball in hand, taking 15 wickets in 10 outings.
Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Josh Hazlewood form the bowling attack
Harshal Patel had been a standout performer for Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he went wicketless against GT and gave 35 runs at an economy rate of 8.8. Mohammed Siraj has not been able to put forth his best performance in IPL 2022, with only eight scalps from ten appearances.
Josh Hazlewood, the RCB’s new overseas bowling recruit, had a dismal game against Gujarat, conceding 36 runs in 3.3 overs and remaining wicketless, but he has also been the most consistent bowler on this team, with 10 wickets from six outings at an economy rate of 7.64.