The M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is all set for the highly anticipated Battle of Royals on 23rd April, as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling afternoon encounter for Match no. 32 of the IPL 2023 season.
RCB is entering the game fresh off a comfortable victory against Punjab Kings in Mohali, winning by a margin of 24 runs. In contrast, the Rajasthan Royals suffered a disappointing defeat in their very first home game at Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, losing to Lucknow Super Giants by 10 runs.
Rajasthan Royals currently sit at the top of the points table, having secured four wins out of six matches, accumulating eight points, and boasting a healthy net run rate of +1.043.
Meanwhile, RCB currently stands at the fifth position on the points table, with three wins out of six games, amounting to six points, and possessing a net run rate of -0.068.
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The opening pair of Royal Challengers Bangalore have been their biggest asset in this IPL season. Faf du Plessis, currently holding the Orange Cap, has amassed 343 runs at an average of 68.60 while Virat Kohli has scored 279 runs at an average of 55.80. RCB's batting line-up has looked consistent and formidable this season.
However, the bowling unit, except for Mohammed Siraj, who is currently the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps at an impressive average of 13.42, has been underwhelming and inconsistent.
RCB should consider bringing in Josh Hazlewood, who was a standout performer for them last season, to strengthen their bowling. Additionally, they should also give more opportunities to Shahbaz Ahmed, whose bowling skills have been underutilized this season.
Josh Hazlewood, if available, could replace Wayne Parnell.
Predicted Lineup: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis(c), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell/Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Rajasthan Royals put in an impressive bowling performance in their last game against Lucknow Super Giants, restricting them to just 154 runs. Notable bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult stood out in the match. Despite decent contributions from the openers and a slow 40-run knock from Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer's rare failure meant they fell short.
Riyan Parag has struggled to find his form in this tournament. Sanju Samson needs to maintain his consistency to make the batting line-up more destructive, while Dhruv Jurel should be given a chance to bat higher up the order given his impressive hitting skills displayed earlier in the tournament. Overall, the Rajasthan Royals must address their batting woes and look to promote in-form players to turn their fortunes around.
The Rajasthan Royals can switch between Adam Zampa and Jason Holder depending on the pitch and the toss.
Predicted Lineup: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa/Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The focus will be on the batting of RR and the bowling of RCB. While RR has struggled to find consistency with the bat, RCB's bowling attack has failed to deliver. With both teams looking to turn their fortunes around, we expect RCB to come out on top in this encounter.