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Royal Challengers Bangalore dominated their last match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and won the match by 8 wickets, and Virat Kohli scored his 6th century in IPL.
Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli once again carried the team’s burden on their shoulder and made their team win the match. Henrich Klaasen played a wonderful inning from the Sunrisers’ side, but it went to waste because the bowlers of the Sunrisers were not able to perform well.
The bowling of RCB is still a major issue for them. Even if they qualify for the playoffs, it is going to be hard for them to win the match with only 4 players performing. In the last match, Mohammed Siraj and Michael Bracewell were the only bowlers from the Royal Challengers Bangalore side who performed well, and it has been the same in all IPL matches where bowlers disappointed the team. In the batting department, only three players kept scoring for the whole team, and the middle order failed to perform well.
Gujarat Titans won their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs, and the star performer was Shubhman Gill, who scored a century, which he said he would score in the remaining 4-5 matches, but other players were a total flop on the last match, and the same thing happened in the match against Mumbai Indians when only Rashid Khan scored and took wickets.
Gujarat Titans need to gel up together in their last league stage match and also should give rest to their main players for the 1st qualifier of IPL 2023. Mohammed Shami should get a well-deserved rest in the next match, and so Rashid Khan because they played every match of Gujarat Titans.
Hardik Pandya needs to give other players a chance in the last match, but he does not believe in that because in last when they were qualified for the playoffs, he did not give any rest to the main player as he said that the momentum should be there not to be broken.
RCB vs GT: Head-to-Head Record
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans played 2 matches against each other, winning 1-1 match. RCB won the last match against the Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets, in which the top three scored most of the runs, and most of the bowlers performed well in the match.
RCB vs GT: Pitch Report of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Stats from IPL matches played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
|Batting first won||35|
|Batting second won||46|
|Average 1st innings batting score||170.3|
|Pace Bowlers Took||460 Wickets|
|Spin Bowlers Took||291 Wickets|
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium has been a paradise for the batsmen as it has pitch-bat-friendly and short boundaries, which makes it very hard for bowlers to defend runs, and there have been high-scoring matches played on this ground.
The dimensions are small. Longest hit is 71 metres, that’s not far by any stretch of the imagination. 102 sixes in the five games played here. When you have a look at the surface, as a batter you need to be consistent and being consistent means you got to give yourself a chance. When I look down here, it actually looks very dry. I am completely fine with the batter turning up here thinking ‘let me find my way here, is it going to spin, is it not going to spin.’ The batters can catch up. As a bowler, you have to be precise with your skills. If you’re not, you disappear too often. 194 is an average score here.”Pommie Mbangwa and Kevin Pietersen said in the pitch report
In all 85 matches on this ground, 1212 sixes and 2289 boundaries have been hitted, which shows that it is a paradise for the batters, and they enjoy playing here. The last match on this ground was a clear indication of why this ground is so batting-friendly and hell for bowlers.
The pitch might help spinners more in the match between RCB vs GT, but you never know because, after a long break, the pitch of Bengaluru will be used.
Team Preview of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be playing a must-win match against the Gujarat Titans, whom they defeated last time when they came head-to-head against each other. If RCB wants to qualify, then they need to win their next match, and it might be easier for them because Gujarat Titans are already qualified for the playoffs and might give chances to other players.
The middle order and the bowling department need to support the four performing players of the Royal Challengers Bangalore; otherwise, it will be hard for them to qualify.
Royal Challengers Bangalore was happy with the performance he and Virat gave in the last match. He also said that together they complement each other.
Amazing chase isn’t it! That’s my first reaction. Did feel walking off after first innings that it was a very good wicket. Felt 200 was a par score. Not many balls turned for the spinners. We’re doing the right things from a batting perspective. In previous game we were also clinical with the ball. We complement each other really well (partnership with Kohli). We play in very different areas so it’s difficult to bowl to. We’re good mates on and off the field. We’re going back to Chinnaswamy which will be an amazing game. A lot of fans coming in and another must-win for us.Faf du Plessis said in the post match presentation
Important players of the team against Gujarat Titans
1- Virat Kohli holds a great record against the Gujarat Titans, and in the last match, he scored a century, which will be a big boost for him. He scored 131 runs in two matches which clearly shows his dominance against them, and the form of Kohli is quite well.
2- Glenn Maxwell is another player who can hit long sixes for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as in both last matches against the Gujarat Titans, he scored 80+ runs and took wickets also.
3- Wanindu Hasaranga can be one of the best bowlers for the side as he has a good record against Gujarat Titans, and the pitch might help him to get more turns.
Team Preview of Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans are the first team to qualify for the playoffs, and now they can take a relaxing break for one match if they wish to do it against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who will be in the hunt to get the 2 points.
Hardik Pandya was happy with the team as they qualified for playoffs in both editions of IPL and congratulated his team players.
Very proud of the boys, two in two (making it to the playoffs twice in a row). The boys put their hands up and in challenging situations and we rightly deserve the playoff spot. There will be expectations and for me it was important to focus within the group. We ticked a lot of good boxes, we made a lot of errors but we were always there in the game and tried to stay consistent. Bowlers are very close to my heart. Sometimes batters take a lot of credit, for me I will always be a bowler’s captain and ensure they get due credit they very much deserve.Hardik Pandya said in the Post Match presentation
However, the performance was not solid in their last two matches but still, in the last match they managed to win the match easily.
The batting unit failed in the last two matches, which can be a huge concern for the Gujarat Titans and Hardik Pandya in the upcoming qualifier 1st match. The Gujarat side should give Matthew Wade and Odean Smith a chance in the next match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore because he has not got any chance in this year of IPL.
Important player of the team against Royal Challengers Bangalore
1- Shubhman Gill can be the key player for the Gujarat Titans side, but the past encounter against the Royal Challengers Bangalore had not been good for him. However, this year is different for him, and playing on a small ground like M. Chinnaswamy can be bliss for him.
2- Rashid Khan had a decent outing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and he can be the key player to pick up the top three of RCB. If he gets any two, then Gujarat Titans can use that momentum and bowl out RCB on a low score.
3- Jayant Yadav can get another chance on the spin surface against the Royal Challengers Bangalore because Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli did not have a great matchup against spinners.
RCB vs GT Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Virat Kohli(c), Faf du Plessis, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik(w), Wanindu Hasaranga, Suyash Prabhudessai, Harshal Patel, Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Siraj
Probable Lineup of Gujarat Titans (GT)
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad
The player who can come in the match as an impact player: RCB vs GT
Royal Challengers Bangalore can use Vijaykumar Vyshak to replace Mahipal Lomror, and Gujarat Titan can use Yash Dayal as an impact player.