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RR vs RCB, 2nd Qualifier - IPL | Latest Team News, Preview and Predictions.

by  Lakshya Baghel  •  Last updated on 2022-05-27 16:16:06


Analysis for the match.

The Rajasthan Royals played pretty well in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2022 and scored 188 but it was not enough for them against a strong Gujarat Titans match. As a result, they are now going to have to play Qualifier 2 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

RCB rode a magnificent century from Rajat Patidar to pip LSG by 14 runs in another high-scoring contest. Four wins in its previous five matches have given RCB some great momentum heading into this match and it could be very tough to beat.

RCB has won four out of the previous matches it has played against RR but it did lose the one match they played earlier in the IPL 2022 group stages.

RCB is the favorite at all the best IPL betting sites right now. Is there a betting opportunity to be exploited by betting on the underdog? What do the stats say? Let us take a deeper look.

Must see points.

1). RR has a batting order that bats with more intent and that is crucial in T20 cricket

2). This is a venue where the bowlers has traditionally found it tough to take wickets and that could hurt RCB more

3). Chahal and Ashwin should be more effective with the big boundaries and Trent Boult's matchup against the RCB top order is also a very good one to watch out for.

Head to Heads.

Overall matches - 27

RR won - 11

RCB won - 13

N/R - 3

Last five Head to Heads

RR won - 1

RCB won - 4

N/R - 0


Match predictions: RR to win the match.

1). If RR won the toss and opted to bowl first, RCB could score 165-185 runs.

2). If RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first, RR could score 160-180 runs.

Secondary Predictions.

1). RR total runs in six overs - over 42.5 runs.

The odds are a bit short for this bet but we still think this is a good one to consider. RR has been the third-best team in the powerplay during IPL 2022. It has scored an average of 49.1 runs in the first six overs and lost just 1.1 wickets. We think this is a good opportunity to bank a solid ( if not spectacular) win.

2). Total Sixes in the match - over 13.5 

This is one of the bets that we are most bullish about. Teams have hit more sixes in IPL 2022 than ever before and there is a clear trend towards trying to clear the boundaries at all stages of the game. With Buttler, Samson, Hetmyer, du Plessis, Maxwell, and other fantastic strikers, we are surely going with Over 13.5 sixes in this one


Match Preview.

RR did not play its best cricket in Qualifier 1 but it still managed to put up a formidable fight. Jos Buttler recovered from a slow start to explode during the final few overs, Sanju Samson played an absolute flyer, and Devdutt Padikkal looked in good form once more but the fluency in the inning was missing.

The lack of batting depth has so far been compensated by Jos Buttler's tremendous batting form but there is no doubt that the team is very vulnerable to a couple of early wickets.

One of the big things in favor of RR so far was its brilliant bowling attack. You can rely on Trent Boult to give you early wickets and on Yuzvendra Chahal to be very difficult to hit during the second half of the bowling stint Both of them had a middling game while Prasidh Krishna and R Ashwin had bad ones.

Obed McCoy looks to be a good fit in this lineup.

It will be interesting to see if RR is tempted to bring in someone like Jimmy Neesham or even Karun Nair to bolster the batting depth and sacrifice some bowling quality in the process.

RCB was a bit lucky to have won the Eliminator against LSG as a lot of things went its way but there is no doubt that Rajat Patidar played a superlative knock. He was striking the ball brilliantly from the moment he walked in and took all the pressure away from the other batters.

Having someone like Dinesh Karthik, who is basically producing AB de Villiers like knocks, is also a massive advantage.

The concern for RCB will be its top order. There is no doubt about it but in most cases, the longer Virat Kohli spends in the middle, the lower will be RCB's chances of getting to a big total. He once again scored just 25 off 24 while opening the batting and looked out of form.

Faf du Plessis is a big match player and we think he matches up quite well to the RR bowling attack as well. He could be one player to bet on in this match. Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, and Dinesh Karthik form a strong middle-order with Shahbaz Ahmed and Wanindu Hasaranga all capable of contributing as well if needed.

We don't think there is much difference in the batting strength of the two teams and it will come down to performances on the day.

RCB's bowling attack is pretty exceptional. Wanindu Hasaranga has more wickets in the middle-overs than anyone else in IPL 2022. He is also generally very economical. Then you add Harshal Patel in the death-overs where everyone seems to know what he will bowl but is still unable to hit it!


Match details.

Time - May 27, 07:30 pm, IST.

Venue - Narendra Modi Stadium - Ahmedabad, India 

Pitch report.

This is going to be the first IPL 2022 match that the Narendra Modi Stadium hosts. We expect a belter of a pitch with pace, bounce, and lots of runs. This was what was served up in the series between India and England that was played here in 2021.

The average match aggregate for runs at this venue is 340 and only 10 wickets have fallen on average in those matches. This indicates a very batting-friendly surface where the top order has done well so far and the bowlers struggled. 

Team news.

Rajasthan Royals>>

Rajasthan Royals were unchanged ahead of their Qualifier 1 fixture with GTand no player put in a bad enough performance to be dropped for this match. Prasidh Krishna bowled the fateful final over but he had performed well in his previous two overs. There are no new injury worries for Rajasthan.Rajasthan Royals have won three of their last five matches in IPL 2022 but will need three or four of their key players to be at the top of their game in this fixture.

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

Royal Challengers Bangalore>>

After going wicketless in his previous four games and being dropped for their win over Gujarat Titans, Mohammed Siraj got a recall for Qualifier 2. He took the place of Siddarth Kaul who had conceded 0-43 against the Titans. We expect Siraj, who is known as a big game player, to keep his place for this match.RCB have won four of their last five matches, a run which ended the previous form of three successive defeats. They were stronger than Lucknow Super Giants across all disciplines on Wednesday.

Possible XI - Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.