IPL 2022 RCB vs RR, 39th Match Preview: RCB face run machine Buttler as they look to bounce back from shocker
Jos Buttler is in the form of his life and has already reached close to 500 runs from just 7 innings in IPL 2022.
Royal Challengers Bangalore is one team which has kept everyone guessing in IPL 2022. They have come up with some absolutely brilliant performances and then some quite ordinary ones.
In fact, had it not been for Dinesh Kartik, they wouldn't find themselves at the fifth spot in the leaderboard with 5 victories from 8 matches.
Time for Virat to open
The team capitulated for just 68 in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad with their top 3 Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli all getting dismissed in the same over.
The experiment with Anuj Rawat at the top is not bearing fruit and Bangalore would have to change their strategy. Perhaps, it is time for Virat Kohli to open the batting for the side and either move Anuj Rawat to number 3 or include a new batter like Mahipal Lomror or Rajat Patidar at one down.
Bangalore need to respect the opposition bowlers and assess the conditions instead of following the same template every time. If they can weather the storm during the first couple of overs, the team does have the firepower to go big.
On the bowling front, Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga are their main men with the ball.
Bangalore will come up against Rajasthan Royals who have greatly benefited from the form of Jos Buttler. The batter has himself admitted that he is in the form of his life and has already cracked three centuries from seven innings.
Buttler sits at close to 500 runs already and is chasing Virat Kohli's record-breaking season of 2016.
Chahal, Boult in form
Devdutt Padikkal has also shown sparks of brilliance for Rajasthan. The team also possesses the batting fire power of Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer in their lineup.
With the ball, Purple cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin have been doing a fine job for them. Prasidh Krishna and Trent Boult have also impressed.
Predicted Playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat/Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
Rajasthan Royals - Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal
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