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IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 – The BEST Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad on May 27, 2022, hoping to end their trophy drought this year. RCB is coming off a 14-run Eliminator victory over Lucknow Super Giants.

Rajat Patidar was the hero of the show, scoring his first IPL century and guiding RCB to a total of 207 runs in 20 overs. In response, LSG skipper KL Rahul gave it his all but fell 14 runs short of RCB’s total. The RCB management is unlikely to make any changes to this XI because doing so would jeopardize the winning combination in this vital encounter. Notably, the winner of Qualifier 2 will compete in the final against Gujarat Titans.

Let’s take a look at the BEST Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals.

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Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli open the innings

 

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This beautiful opening pair will try to get their innings off to a good start in the powerplay overs. A strong start can lay the groundwork for middle-order batters to excel later on.

Faf du Plessis has scored 443 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 31.64, whereas Virat has scored 334 runs in the same amount of innings at a strike rate of 23.86. The RCB captain will aim to increase to his total in this upcoming match, as he is coming off a golden duck in the Eliminator.

The RCB management will be hoping that Virat would burst on these huge stages since he has recently found his stride in the tournament. In the Eliminator, Virat scored 25 runs off 24 balls before being bowled by Avesh Khan.

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Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, and Dinesh Karthik strengthen the middle order

 

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Rajat Patidar has established himself as the RCB XI’s No.3 batsman by scoring some critical runs with a strike rate of 156.25. In the Eliminator game against LSG, he scored an unbeaten 112 off 54 balls, his first IPL century. In total, he has scored 275 runs in six innings, averaging 55.

Karthik has been RCB’s go-to player this year when the team has found itself in a difficult scenario. He has scored 324 runs in 15 matches, batting down the order, with an average of 64.8 and a strike rate of 187.28. The RCB’s management will be hoping that DK can keep his spark going for another two innings. Even in the Eliminator, he hit an unbeaten 37 runs off 23 balls, including five fours and one six.

Mahipal Lomror has only 78 runs in four innings but has made some key cameos when it counts. His strike rate of 165.95 has impressed the RCB management, and the dasher has always looked good when given batting opportunities.

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Shahbaz Ahmed and Glenn Maxwell come in as the all-rounders

 

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Glenn Maxwell has helped the squad with both the bat and the ball whenever they needed him. He has 277 runs in 12 innings pitched at a strike rate of 167.87. He has also taken six wickets with his off-spin thus far. The RCB will be hoping for a “Big Show” from him in the upcoming contests.

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Ahmed has been the team’s floater, with RCB making excellent use of his all-around ability. In terms of figures, the southpaw has scored 207 runs in 10 innings while also making four critical saves in tight match scenarios.

Shahbaz did not bowl well in the previous match, and Maxwell did not contribute with the bat against LSG in Eliminator. As a result, both of these players will try to bring their A-game to help RCB.

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Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel form the bowling attack

 

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Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka is the best wicket-taker for RCB this season, with 25 wickets in 15 matches at an economy of 7.62. He is vying for the Purple Cap despite being one wicket behind former RCB player Yuzvendra Chahal (26 wickets in 15 matches). When they meet in Qualifier 2, it will be an exciting match.

Harshal Patel has 19 wickets in 14 matches this year and continues to excel as a death bowling specialist. Meanwhile, Siraj will strive to improve his economy, as batsmen have targeted him among all bowlers. The RCB management will almost probably rely on Harshal to repeat his Eliminator performance (25/1 in four overs).

With 18 wickets in this year’s IPL, Josh Hazlewood has been the ideal companion for Harshal Patel. In Eliminator, he scored 43 runs but still took three wickets when it counted the most.