IPL 2022: Time is very cruel and it always shows you both the good and bad at the same time. The team that has won four IPL trophies, including the last season and two Champions League trophies, is standing at an end, where they are struggling to get even a single win. We are talking about the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings, who are going through a nightmare this season. The Yellow Army has lost four out of four matches and is at the bottom of the points table. CSK will lock horns against RCB in their next match.
So far, Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a really good start to this season. After losing the first match, they have bounced back in excellent fashion, winning the last three matches on the trot. Both teams will now face off in a match on Tuesday, April 12. The match will start at 7:30 PM at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
IPL 2022: RCB vs CSK, 22nd Match Prediction and Preview
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings has already registered an unwanted record to their name. This is the first time since the inception of the IPL that they have lost their first four matches of any season. Hence, they are ranked last in the points table. Nothing has gone their way this season. And it all started with the 2022 auction. Letting go of Faf Du Plessis, a change of captaincy, an injury to Deepak Chahar, and the bad form of their batsmen, all of this happened to them this season only. As a result, they are struggling this season.
Now they have the last chance to make something special because a loss against RCB will virtually shut the door of the playoffs. So it can be considered a do or die game for CSK. That means we can expect a winning attitude in the next match. The batting, bowling, and spinners are all having a rough time, so few changes are expected.
Probably XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Robin Uthappa, Ravindra Jadeja (C), Dwayne Bravo, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Wk), Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Tushar Deshpande
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis has been lucky for RCB so far. Since he took over the captaincy duties of the team, the franchise has been going through a good phase. RCB have now won three consecutive games and are sitting in fourth place on the points table. The only game they lost against PBKS was also a close game that could have gone their way as well. Both openers are among the runs, and Virat also had a pretty good game against the Mumbai Indians. The bowling unit, led by Harshal Patel, is also doing a good job.
And the return of Glenn Maxwell has surely boosted the teams’ confidence, and that showed in the last match. But they might miss the services of Harshal Patel, who has left the IPL bio-bubble due to the demise of his sister. But to cover that, they have got two new options. Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff have joined the team and are available for selection. That will strengthen their bowling attack.
Probably XI: Faf du Plessis (C), Shahbaz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Anuj Rawat (Wk), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Siraj, Akash Deep.
IPL 2022: Bangalore vs Chennai Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium is a true batting pitch. Batsmen can play their shots with the bounce. The average score here is 170 runs. With a shorter boundary on one side, it will be difficult for the bowlers to restrict them to scoring. The dew might also be another factor in the second innings. It will be difficult for the bowlers to grip the wet ball. The toss will be crucial in the game. And on this pitch, the team winning the toss should go for the bowl first. Chasing the target has a better win percentage on this ground. However, in the six matches played on this ground this season, batting first has won two and batting second has won four matches.
Both teams have met a total of 28 times in the history of the IPL. But CSK is leading the race in terms of wins. So far, the Chennai Super Kings have won 18 matches, as compared to RCB’s 9 wins, and one match ended in a “No Result”. CSK also won two matches played last season.
IPL 2022: RCB vs CSK: Players to watch out for
Mooen Ali will be our pick in the batting department from the CSK. The all-rounder played a good knock of 46 runs against SRH as well, with some good shots. Mooen has been performing really well at an international level as well. With his experience and batting form, he will be the player to watch out for.
Chris Jordan will be the bowler to watch out for. The English pacer had a bad game against SRH, but prior to that he had a good game against Punjab Kings. Jordan is a death specialist with the ability to take wickets in the middle overs as well. That’s what makes him the right choice.
Faf Du Plessis has been doing well as a batter for the RCB. If we look at his individual performance, he is the leading run-scorer for RCB this season. In the four matches he has played, he has scored 138 runs with a strike rate of 131.43. He, along with young opener Anuj Rawat, helped his team to get a win against MI in their last match.
Wanindu Hasaranga has already shown why the franchise invested a huge amount in him. The Sri Lankan leg-spinner is the fourth in the list of highest wicket-taker so far. He has taken eight wickets in four games for RCB, including a four-wicket haul. Hasaranga kept the middle overs tight and taking wickets in the middle for RCB.
IPL 2022: Playing 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Anuj Rawat (RCB)
Batsmen: Virat Kohli (RCB), Faf Du Plessis (RCB), Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Shivam Dube (CSK)
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja (CSK), Moeen Ali (CSK), Wanindu Hasaranga (RCB)
Bowlers: Dwayne Bravo (CSK), Chris Jordan (CSK), Akash Deep (RCB)
Tips: Faf Du Plessis will be the captain of the team. Moeen Ali or Ravindra Jadeja will be the vice-captain. Both teams have power-hitters in their ranks, but RCB holds the slight edge in terms of the quality of their bowlers. So we will back Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.