GT vs RCB: The big picture
GT vs RCB: What’s the matter with Virat Kohli? If you want to trust Sanjay Bangar, there isn’t much. The former captain will soon emerge from the difficult phase, according to the Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach, and in the coming key games, he’ll assist (the club) win. Bangar also discussed Kohli’s mental toughness, which has helped him break out of a stretch in which he has scored 128 runs at an average of 16 in nine games so far in IPL 2022.
RCB’s batting squad has struggled in their previous two games, scoring 68 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 115 against Rajasthan Royals, and they will fall behind if they do not start stringing wins together. The batters have the responsibility of reviving the campaign before it’s too late.
The Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, have been on a tear. Their bowling unit appears to be in good shape, and the batsmen, who were meant to be the weak links, have developed a practice of carrying the club through difficult situations and securing victories. GT has plenty of breathing room at the top of the table, but maintaining that momentum and securing a top-two finish will be key to their season.
GT vs RCB: Match Details
When: Saturday, April 30 at 15:30 IST
Where: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: The afternoon game should force the captain to bat first, despite the fact that dew isn’t a factor. The teams batting first have won the last two afternoon matches at the site.
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GT vs RCB: Team-wise tactics and strategies
So far this season, Mohammed Shami has taken the most wickets in the powerplay, while Kohli has only survived the first six overs once in six innings. In the IPL, Shami has dismissed Kohli four times in 46 deliveries for 62 runs. GT will aim to take advantage of the former RCB captain’s low average of 15.50 against the pacer. Is Kohli in for another trying afternoon?
Probable XI: Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The batting positions with the highest averages for RCB this season are No. 6 and No. 7. Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed have performed admirably, but the statistic also indicates the RCB top order’s dismal performance. Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Suyash Prabhudessai, and Rajat Patidar have a combined 340 runs in 23 innings at 14.78 and an SR of 113.33 amongst them.
This season, GT has taken the most wickets in the powerplay, and RCB cannot afford another poor start. The RCB batters’ ability to manage the GT pacers will determine the outcome of the game.
Probable XI: Wanindu Hasaranga, Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
GT vs RCB: Trivia
RCB were bowled out for 68 in their last match at Brabourne, the lowest total in IPL 2022 so far.
– In the last over, GT has won four chases, two of them off the final ball. Only CSK (three) in the 2012 season won more games off the last ball of a run chase in a single edition than GT (two) this season.