Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will play against each other for the second time this season in match 39.
RCB are currently fifth in the points table with five wins in eight games. RR, on the other hand, are placed third with five wins in seven games.
When the two teams met earlier in the tournament, RCB won by four wickets with five balls remaining. Batting first, the Royals put up 70 runs on the board as Jos Buttler scored an unbeaten 70. Chasing 171 to win, RCB were guided to a win on the back of Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed’s efforts down the order.
RCB come into this game on the back of a loss to Sunrisers, against whom they scored just 68 runs in the first innings. That is the lowest total of IPL 2022 so far and among the top 10 lowest IPL totals of all time. One big area of concern for the side has been the lean patch of their MVP over the years, Virat Kohli. The former RCB captain has scored two ducks in his last two outings.
Overall, RCB and RR have played 23 games, with the former winning 13 and the latter having 10 wins. In the last five games between the two, Bangalore have won all.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat/Rajat Patidar, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Rajasthan Royals - Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c, wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Obed McCoy, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
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