The 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League has already provided plenty of memorable contests and in match number 39 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at MCA Stadium in Pune.
After chasing a target of 170 runs in 19.1 overs, RCB won the last match by 4 wickets. They have won 5 of their last 8 games and are presently in fourth place in the standings. The last encounter saw RCB suffer a humbling defeat at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring only 68 runs.
The Royals have had a strong showing in the competition, winning five of their seven games. They are currently in third place in the points standings, but a win in this match might help them jump to first place. The Royals have won their last two games and are hoping for a third in a row.
RCB vs RR – Match Details
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 26th April at 7:30 PM IST and Local Time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
In 6 matches that have been played at this venue, the teams batting first and second have won 3 games each. The pitch is expected to remain balanced while any score above 170 will be difficult for the team batting second.
Given the dew factor, the captain who wins the toss will be tempted to bowl first.
With his current form, Jos Buttler will almost certainly consider playing another match-winning innings for his side. This season, the right-hander has already racked up three hundred and has been virtually unbeatable thus far in the competition. After a poor start in the previous game, he accelerated nicely, and RR will be hoping he can stay in the crease for a long time.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Wanindu Hasaranga has brought consistency to the RCB bowling attack and has been able to select wickets at important times. Hasaranga is the RCB’s leading wicket-taker, with 11 wickets in eight games at an average of 20.18, an economy rate of 8.53, and a strike rate of 14.1.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Anuj Rawat, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Rajasthan Royals: Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Karun Nair, Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal