IPL 2022 RCB vs GT, 67th Match Preview: RCB in desperate need of victory
A 54-run loss against Punjab Kings in their last match has complicated matters for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB need nothing less than a win
The team will have to win their last fixture against Gujarat Titans. Even then, they will find themselves in a sticky spot if Delhi go on to beat Mumbai Indians.
The best case scenario for Royal Challengers Bangalore is for them to beat Gujarat and for Delhi to lose to Mumbai Indians. In that case, RCB will jump to 16 points while everyone else will stay on 14 points or lower. The reason is that their net run rate of - 0.323 is not good enough to mend.
In fact, they will need to beat table toppers Gujarat Titans by almost 80 runs or with 10 overs to spare in order to come to a neutral net run rate. A loss would certainly bring curtains on the RCB campaign.
Bangalore would do well to not make any major changes given that they find themselves in a tight spot. Their selected group of players has delivered for them and all they need to do is to show a bit more faith in them.
Virat Kohli, after not having luck go his way throughout this IPL season, is expected to come good in the business end of the competition.
Hasaranga peaking at the right time
Bangalore also expect runs from Rajat Patidar, Glen Maxwell and some typical finishing touches from Dinesh Kartik.
With the ball, Wanindu Hasaranga has been peaking at the right time and will get support from Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood.
Gujarat comfortably placed
Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, do not have a lot to worry about, with them being the only team to have officially qualified for the playoffs till now.
Not only that, their 62 run victory against Lucknow Super Giants and 7 wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings has guaranteed them a top-two finish i.e even if they go on to lose in Qualifier 1, they will get another opportunity in the Qualifier 2 to make it to the Final.
Predicted Playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans - Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
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