IPL 2022, RCB vs RR: On a roll, Royal Challengers Bangalore imagine their chances against Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 | Cricket News

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AHMEDABAD: The Royals of Rajasthan will have to shake off an ordinary bowling performance in their last outing when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), a team that seems to be peaking at just the right time, in the IPL Qualifier-2 high stakes here on Friday.
After slipping through the play-offs, RCB are on a roll and a narrow victory over Lucknow in the Eliminator has fueled expectations for a long-awaited trophy.
They face Rajasthan, a team that covered all the bases but still fell short against Gujarat in Qualifier 1.
The IPL caravan moves to Ahmedabad after some high scoring matches in Kolkata.
It’s been a quick turnaround for RCB, but that won’t bother them as they look to ride the momentum.
“The best thing is that we have one day and we are playing again. I can’t wait to be in Ahmedabad and get back on the pitch. We are so excited and happy with how things have gone. I hopefully two more games and we can all celebrate,” RCB star hitter Virat Kohli told the IPL website after the win over LSG.
Rajat Patidar, who played the innings of his life on Wednesday, will be a man of supreme confidence in another high-pressure knockout game.
For someone who was not sold at the IPL auction and entered the RCB squad as a substitute player, it has been a career-changing season.
Both top fly-half Kohli and Faf du Plessis are great match players and will be eager to make an impact after weak returns in the previous game.
Dinesh Karthik was able to maintain consistency in a tough role and team management is also hoping for more late-inning runs from Glenn Maxwell.
The team is likely to stick with the winning combination. While Wanindu Hasaranga showed courage even when he was taken to the cleaners, Harshal Patel was the inescapable leader in the slog overs.
Mohammad Siraj returned for the LSG match and played well with the new ball. Josh Hazlewood bolstered his reputation as a deadly pitcher with a decisive penultimate and with the addition of a yorker to his arsenal he became harder to score.
The RCB bowlers will need to be at the top of their game against a formidable batting team from Rajasthan who rely heavily on Jos Buttler and skipper Sanju Samson. Both scored against Gujarat but it wasn’t enough.
Samson will be eager to convert his 30s and 40s into a substantial hit and lead forward.
It remains to be seen how the bowlers return after an unforgettable outing. R Ashwin had a rare day off against Gujarat while Prasidh Krishna paid David Miller the price of bowling balls in the final.
Teams
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (Captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Corbin Bosch
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudesai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar and Siddharth Kaul



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