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IPL 2022 – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Match 67 – Preview

Cricket is believed to be a game of inches. It could feel like a game of decimal points for those teams battling for a spot in the IPL 2022 playoffs (NRR). With 14 points, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to overcome table-toppers Gujarat Titans in their last league phase game to give themselves the best opportunity of advancing to the next phase. However, if they lose, the franchisee will be forced to quit due to their poor NRR of -0.323. Even if RCB wins, they will be on the verge of a precipice because Delhi Capitals are also on 14 points and have a positive NRR.

RCB have been afflicted by an inconsistency issue, as they have been in previous seasons, with some promise mixed in with red flags. To their credit, the think tank has attempted to maintain a consistent combination, with only six modifications thus far. They enter the crucial contest on the heels of a setback to the Punjab Kings. To make matters worse, Jonny Bairstow went on a six-hitting binge, and their star fast bowler, Josh Hazlewood, finished with 0 for 64 from four overs. RCB is concerned about Virat Kohli’s poor form and Mohammed Siraj’s run-leaking. In fact, Siraj has given up 85 runs in his last seven IPL overs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Match 67 – Pitch Report

The last game played at the Wankhede stadium, between SRH and MI, was a high-scoring affair. Throughout the competition, the decks at the Wankhede have tended to provide a spongy bounce.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Match 67 – Tactics and Lineups

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Hasaranga has taken the most wickets in the IPL’s middle period. And he could come into play again in tomorrow’s game, especially with GT’s players batting third and fourth and struggling to put up solid numbers. Another intriguing game will be Hazlewood versus Saha. With lofts and across-the-line shots, the keeper-batter hopes to break Hazlewood’s unwavering discipline.

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

Gujarat Titans

GT’s seamers have been excellent with the new ball, as seen by their 25 PowerPlay wickets this season. Shami has taken 11 wickets throughout that time. Rashid has removed Karthik three times while conceding only 30 runs off 28 balls. In the previous match between these two teams, Rashid was held back for one over and the champion spinner removed Karthik with the googly. Another intriguing meeting would be Shami versus Kohli, with the seamer having dismissed the RCB mainstay five times in the IPL. Two of those dismissals have come in the final overs, as Kohli attempts to boost the ante.

Predicted Lineup – Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Match 67 – Trivia

In IPL 2022, GT’s seamers have the best death overs economy rate (9.62).

Both RCB and GT remain undefeated at the Wankhede this season, winning three games apiece.