For the last game of the group stage match of IPL 16, Royal Challengers Bangalore will host Gujarat Titans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on May 21 at 7:30 pm. Both teams are coming fresh off a win, but the upcoming tie is crucial for the Challengers, as Gujarat have already qualified for the playoffs and would instead finish as the table toppers irrespective of the result of the game.
Ahead of the coming game, RCB would bank on Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis, who stitched 100+ runs plus stand for the 3rd time this season. Further, Glenn Maxwell is also in great form.
One area which the RCB management needs to address is their middle order, which has not been tested enough in the last few games. Also, whenever the middle order has been put to the test, they have failed to create an impact.
In the bowling, Mohammed Siraj has been excellent, but Wanindu Hasaranga’s absence has created a major void in the bowling attack.
Gujarat, on the other hand, have been solid in every department. Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan are leading the purple cap race, while Shubman Gill is on the list of the top 5 leading run-scorers for this season.
This article will shed light on Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans preview, pitch report, and playing XI.
The two teams have squared off against each other just twice and both teams have won once. They will lock horns for the first time this season.
The surface at the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be a belter for the batters, and the fans can expect a high-scoring game.
The temperature will range around 26-28 degrees Celsius, but a rain threat loom over the match, as there is a 60% chance of precipitation.
When, Where and How to Watch?
Venue: Chinnaswamy Stadium
Time and Date: May 21, 7:30 pm
The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans will be played from 7:30 PM onwards, while the toss will be at 7:00 PM. You can watch the live telecast of this match on TV at Star Sports Network in different languages. OTT viewers can stream the game for free on the Jio Cinema app and website.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB):
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suyash Prabhudessai, Wanindu Hasaranga, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans (GT):
Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad
RCB: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, David Willey, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav, Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Vijaykumar Vyashak.
GT: Hardik Pandya (C), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma
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