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IPL 2022 RR vs RCB, Qualifier 2 Preview: Favourites RCB wary of Buttler, Samson threat as Final beckons

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

Apart from Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler, the major attraction of IPL 2022's Qualifier 2 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the 132,000-seater venue.

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A spectacle like no other

The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with a capacity of 132,000 spectators, is the largest sporting stadium in the world and with COVID-19 restrictions having been lifted, it will be buzzing like nothing else.

In the 6 T20s played at the venue, 3 have been won by the team batting first while 3 have gone to the chasing team. The average score in the first innings here is 174 and reduces to 166 batting second.

Dew might play a part, but the team winning the toss will still look to chase.

The highest total at the venue is 224 by India against England and with a fresh and true surface on offer, a score in the vicinity of 200 is expected.

Limelight on Kohli again

The limelight once again will be on Virat Kohli, who was not able to get going in the Eliminator but has shown signs of coming back to his best. He will get the support of Faf du Plessis, Glen Maxwell and Dinesh Kartik.

By the way, don't you forget Rajat Patidar who recorded the highest score by an uncapped Indian player in the IPL playoffs, smashing a 54-ball 112 at a strike rate of 207.41 against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator.

RCB's strong attack

Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga and Josh Hazelwood will be the main bowlers for Bangalore.

Rajasthan will look to target Shahbaz Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj and the result of that match-up will dictate the total they can reach.

Is Jos still the boss?

As for Rajasthan Royals, they will expect Jos Buttler to fire again. Sanju Samson too has looked in good touch. The finishing duties once again will be taken care of by Shimron Hetmyer.

It was RR's bowling which let them down in Qualifier 1, with Prasidh Krishna, Ravichandran Ashwin and Obed McCoy leaking runs. Rajasthan have the option of going to Kuldeep Sen instead of McCoy, but are expected to stick to the West Indian, particularly because of his prowess of bowling slower deliveries.

With the momentum that RCB have been able to generate, they are favourites going into this match. 

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

Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

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