Mumbai. occupy the top Gujarat Titans of IPL 67th match in league Royal Challengers Bangalore Will be from. Gujarat Titans, captained by Hardik Pandya, would like to maintain their winning streak ahead of the playoffs while Royal Challengers Bangalore need a big win to keep their last-four chances alive. Therefore, the last league match of the IPL between the two teams on Thursday will be very exciting.
Gujarat Titans, who made their IPL debut, have ensured the top spot with 20 points from 13 matches so far. RCB, on the other hand, have won seven matches and lost six, after which they are at the fifth position with 14 points from 13 matches. However, the net run rate of RCB is minus 0.323. A win against Gujarat will take them to 16 points but due to the net run rate, they will have to pray for favorable results in the other matches as well.
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Eyes will be on Virat Kohli
Delhi Capitals are currently in fourth place and after defeating Mumbai Indians in the last match, they can also come on 16 points. His run rate is also better than RCB plus 0.255. RCB regained momentum with two consecutive victories but lost to Punjab Kings by 54 runs in the previous match. The poor form of Virat Kohli continued, who scored just 20 runs in the last match. Now he has another chance to change the fortunes of himself and the team by playing a blazing innings. Captain Faf du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror and Dinesh Karthik will also be looking to play big innings as their bat has been silent for the last few matches.
Big innings expected from Maxwell and Patidar
Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar could not convert a good start into big scores. Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasranga have performed brilliantly in the bowling. In the last match, when the Punjab batsmen had beaten all the bowlers, then both of them had taken four and two wickets respectively by putting good spells. RCB’s concern is also the poor form of Josh Hazlewood and Mohammad Siraj, who proved to be very expensive against Punjab.
Gujarat’s debut has been great
On the other hand, it was a dream-like debut session for Gujarat. Even if she loses in this match, she will remain on top that means she will get two chances to reach the final. Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, David Miller, captain Hardik Pandya and Rahul Teotia have played good innings in Gujarat’s batsmen. Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Lockie Ferguson and Alzarri Joseph have been effective in the bowling. The command of spin has been handled well by Rashid Khan of Afghanistan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad 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, Anishwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar, Siddharth Kaul.
Hardik Pandya (Captain), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, B Sai Sudarshan, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Matthew Wade, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Wriddhiman Saha, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmed, Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Ravi Srinivasan Sai Kishore, Varun Aaron and Yash Dayal.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 18, 2022, 14:29 IST