Match 39 of IPL 2022 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) lock horns with each other on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. While the Royals will be brimming with confidence, Bangalore will hope to bounce back after a thrashing defeat in their last fixture.
RCB have struggled mostly due to their top-order failing to put up runs on the scoreboard since the start of the tournament. Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli have combined scored only 12 more runs than Jos Buttler’s current tally of 491. If not for Dinesh Karthik‘s blistering knocks and Shahbaz Ahmed’s steady innings, Bangalore wouldn’t be where they are in the standings.
The need to hit the straps as a unit to remain in the fray for a playoff spot, which can change in a jiffy in a 10-team tournament. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have looked thorough with Buttler leading them from the front with the bat. Others have also made significant contributions.
The same goes for RR’s bowling unit. While Yuzvendra Chahal has hogged the limelight and rightly so, the likes of Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin and Prasidh Krishna have also chipped with crucial breakthroughs. Quite deservedly, they sit on the third spot of the points table and have a chance to replace Gujarat Titans at the top if they manage to beat RCB.
Match 39 – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 26th April at 7:30 PM IST and Local Time
Predicted Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): 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 (RR): Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Karun Nair, Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
RCB vs RR – Fantasy Team Prediction
Fantasy Team 1: Jos Buttler (capt), Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, F du Plessis, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Josh Hazlewood (vice-capt), Prasidh Krishna, Mohammad Siraj
Fantasy Team 2: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (capt), Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell (vice-capt), Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Prasidh Krishna