IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 – The BEST Rajasthan Royals Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Rajasthan Royals will face an enthusiastic Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 on May 27 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad (Friday). Rajasthan will enter this encounter fresh off a painful three-wicket loss to Gujarat Titans in the first Qualifier a few days ago, in which pacer Prasidh Krishna was clobbered for three big sixes in the final over by David Miller.
Despite this defeat, RR has lived to see another day because they have one more chance to reach the IPL 2022 finals. However, they will be up against a team that appears to be peaking at the perfect time, with the Faf du Plessis-led side going into this match after defeating LSG by 14 runs in the Eliminator.
Let’s take a look at the BEST Rajasthan Royals Playing XI to face the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal open the innings
Yashasvi Jaiswal, a youngster, did not have a great campaign in the first half when he was benched due to inconsistent performances. However, after the southpaw was named to the playing XI in the second half, he capitalized on the occasion by scoring some beautiful half-centuries.
The young hitter was dismissed for three runs in the last game and will be motivated to perform better in Qualifier 2 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Jos Buttler surged back to form with a brilliant 56-ball 89 as he single-handedly took care of Rajasthan’s innings with his whirlwind batting performance, passing 700 runs this season. His innings featured 12 fours and two huge sixes.
Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, and Shimron Hetmyer strengthen the middle order
Sanju Samson scored a vital 47 runs off 26 balls and provided excellent support to Jos Buttler, who went berserk from the other end. The pair put up a 68-run stand for the second wicket, propelling RR to a daunting total of 188/6. Devdutt Padikkal, on the other side, delivered a 20-ball 28 in the Rajasthan innings, which included two fours and as many sixes at a strike rate of 140.
Shimron Hetmyer has been the Royals’ most dependable middle-order batter this season, scoring crucial runs in the middle and late innings. The Windies power-hitter was dismissed for only four runs in the previous match and will be trying to make amends against his former team RCB.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Riyan Parag come in as the all-rounders
Ravichandran Ashwin didn’t get much of an opportunity to bat in the final over of the previous game. Nonetheless, he demonstrated his batting skills in RR’s final league game against the Chennai Super Kings, scoring an unbeaten 23-ball 40. In 15 games, the senior spinner has 11 wickets.
Riyan Parag has been hot and cool this season. In the previous game, he was run out for four runs after an unlucky mix-up with R Ashwin on the final ball of the innings. It remains to be seen whether Samson would allow him to roll his arms over in the key match versus Bangalore.
Obed McCoy, Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, and Yuzvendra Chahal form the bowling attack
Trent Boult of New Zealand did take the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha, but he was ineffective after that, handing out 38 runs at an economy rate of 9.5. Miller smacked Prasidh Krishna for three maximums in the final over, giving him a night to forget. Aside from that, he went wicketless and gave up 40 runs in 3.3 overs at an economy rate of 11.4.
Yuzvendra Chahal struggled in Qualifier 1 and went wicketless. Despite this, the wrist-spinner leads the Purple Cap list with 26 wickets from 15 games and will be hoping to confuse a world-class RCB batting lineup in the forthcoming playoff match. Obed McCoy of the Caribbean took the wicket of a well-set Matthew Wade, but even he was costly with the ball in hand, giving 1/40 at an economy rate of 10.