The inaugural Rajasthan Royals champions take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifying 2 of the IPL 2022 on Friday. RR lost to Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 by seven wickets but their top two place in the points table gave them a second chance. They now meet RCB, who have reached the final for the third time but are still without a trophy. Faf du Plessis’ team came off an exciting 14-round win over the Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator game.
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LIVE STREAMING – WHERE YOU CAN WATCH LIVE
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match can be followed live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada and Star Sports will be Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Viewers can also follow the RR vs RCB live stream on Disney+ Hotstar on their Android and Apple phones and tablets. Time: 7:30 p.m. IST.
Rajasthan Royals: Orange Cap owner Jos Buttler is back on form with an 89/56 against GT in the side’s previous game, but Yashasvi Jaiswal needs to do better in the opener. On the other hand, Sanju Samson continues to tear up opposing bowlers but fails to take his innings deep. While Devdutt Padikkal continues to play crucial cameos in the middle, Shimron Hetmyer needs to put in a better performance. On the bowling front, the team was missing a match winner in Qualifier 1. All of her bowlers, including Purple Cap keeper Yuzvendra Chahal, went too many runs in the game. Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna and Obed McCoy need to complement each other while Ravichandran Ashwin should look to wicket apart from choking batsmen for runs.
Royal challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli continues to struggle with his batting form while the RCB skipper and his lead run scorer Faf du Plessis are keen to add another useful shot. The team’s biggest asset is Rajat Patidar, a batsman who came on as a substitute but scored a sensational scorer in the eliminator game against LSG. Dinesh Karthik continues his impressive form but Glenn Maxwell needs to play with more responsibility. On the bowling front, Harshal Patel remains RCB’s favorite bowler, with Josh Hazlewood supporting him well. Wanindu Hasaranga is the team’s leading wicket-taker with 25 scalps.
HEAD TO HEAD
Both the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have faced each other 27 times in the IPL. RCB won 13 while RR won 11. Three games ended without a result. Speaking of this season, RCB beat Rajasthan by 4 wickets in the first leg while RR won the second leg by 29 runs.
EVENT VENUE AND PARKING SPACE
RR and RCB will host their IPL 2022 match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The venue is expected to provide a balanced surface and the team that wins the draw will want to bowl first.
LIKELY TO PLAY XIs
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy.
Royal challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.