RCB vs KKR: It is very interesting to find out that during the time of deep pockets and deeper squad resources, the balance of a franchise sometimes can lie on a single player. Glen Maxwell is that axis of Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB). Maxwell’s absence and the lack of off spinning opened an opportunity to take down Wanindu Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed.
In their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders (RCB vs KKR), a similar challenge awaits. KKR has stacked up three left-handed hard hitters of their own. Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, and Sunil Narine has been RCB’s nightmare in the recent past.
RCB could possibly be disappointed at not scoring the two points despites 205 two night ago. However, they enjoy depth bowling, at least more than usual. They should feel more confident once Mohammed Siraj Hasaranga find their rhythm.
Match: RCB vs KKR
Date and Time: 30th March 2022, Wednesday, 7:30 PM
Venue: DR DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Live match streaming: Star Sports network and Disney + Hotstar
Also Read: IPL 2022: RCB vs KKR Match 6 Prediction
What to expect in RCB vs KKR?
Expect the usual; teams will choose to chase due to the dew effect. The boundaries of the DY Patil Stadium are large squares and short straight lines. There are fours and sixes to be milked in the ‘v’ down the ground, and opportunities to scamper twos and threes when the ball travels a little squarer, as Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli demonstrated the other night. Keep an eye out for teams who include these dimensions in their strategy.
RCB vs KKR – Head to head
RCB 13-16 KKR in the Indian Premier League. Last year, the Knight Riders won two of their three matches against RCB, including the Eliminator match. KKR hasn’t lost a game at the DY Patil Stadium, whereas RCB has only won one of their three visits.
Unavailable players in Royal Challengers Bangalore – RCB vs KKR
Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff
Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Tactics that RCB will probably adapt
RCB might adopt a strategy that involves their middle-order in which they will need to face up against spin choke post the powerplay. Kohli himself had a markedly proactive approach towards the spinners against PBKS.
Unavailable players in Kolkata Knight Riders – RCB vs KKR
Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch
Playing XI of Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Tactics that KKR will probably adapt
KKR will strongly rely on the bowling this time as their spearhead Umesh Yadav is in form and will be hoping that he will exploit the second game as well.
RCB vs KKR – Trivia
Faf du Plessis was selected as the player of the match twice against KKR last season. This includes the final as well.
Mohammad Siraj is yet to take a wicket in the Powerplay since his last 10 IPL games.