Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 22 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Tuesday.

Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 22 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Tuesday. The match is being held at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. CSK have got off to a terrible start, losing four out of four. Meanwhile, RCB have started well, picking up three wins from four games.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points. For CSK, they need to end the wrought engulfing them. RCB will want to add to the tally and get momentum. 

Analysis of CSK

CSK need something substantial as they haven’t been good enough, losing comfortably against KKR, LSG, PBKS, and SRH, respectively. All three departments have been inconsistent, to say the least. The captaincy has been poor as well. Last season’s champions haven’t quite managed to get going, and there are several issues plaguing the side. Ruturaj Gaikwad has to fire after the Orange Cap winner has failed to get going thus far. Senior batters Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, and Moeen Ali need some runs to boost confidence. 

The bowling looks weak for CSK, and it is time they pull their socks up. Chris Jordan brings experience but can be costly. Dwayne Bravo has taken wickets and needs the others to revolve around him. Jadeja and Moeen Ali are the primary spinners on offer. They have to work hard against a top RCB side.

Analysis of RCB

For RCB, the return of Josh Hazlewood is a big plus. He will lend character to that bowling unit, boasting the likes of Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga. David Willey is expected to make way for Hazlewood. RCB have been sound with the ball so far, and barring Mohammed Siraj; they have worked well as a unit. Akash Deep is a good recruit as well.

Batting wise, RCB will look up to openers Anuj Rawat and Faf du Plessis for the fireworks upfront. Virat Kohli looked good in the last game and can be handy. In Dinesh Karthik and Glenn Maxwell, RCB have two champion performers on offer. RCB need to continue the good work shown so far and make sure they stay composed against CSK and provide maximum impetus. It’s a balanced batting side covering all departments, which can be a worry for Chennai. Not to forget someone like Shahbaz Ahmed, who can be a real threat too as an all-rounder.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met 28 times in the IPL, with CSK leading 18-9. One match ended with no result. In IPL 2021, CSK beat RCB on both occasions. 

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (captain), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Jordan, Mukesh Choudhary

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis, Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj

Which team is the predicted winner?

From what we have seen in terms of performance, RCB are a real threat and can cause damage. They are flying confidently and can hurt the Super Kings outfit. RCB have the desired firepower in both batting and bowling. They can seal the pivotal moments and maximise accordingly. CSK haven’t managed to get a hold yet, and that is a worry. You look at the side and wonder, with a poor bowling unit, how will they be able to stop RCB’s in-form batting unit.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The DY Patil Stadium pitch will assist batters and bowlers alike. This has been a trend after a run-fest in the opener. Bowlers will get help up front, and spinners could be influential in the middle overs. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Glenn Maxwell has scored 2,026 runs and can surpass the likes of JP Duminy and Adam Gilchrist. Robin Uthappa (171) is four sixes shy of 175 maximums in the IPL. Dinesh Karthik has 587 runs versus CSK and can surpass the 600-run mark. Virat Kohli has 948 runs versus CSK and needs 52 to register 1,000 runs.

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, Harshal has 84 wickets under his belt, including 10 from six games versus CSK. Jadeja has 23 wickets in total versus RCB and will aim to extend the tally. Overall, he has 128 scalps in the IPL. Hasaranga has eight wickets in IPL 2022 and will aim to clock double digits.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali

Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Chris Jordan, Akash Deep, Harshal Patel.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Wanindu Hasaranga, Chris Jordan, Harshal Patel

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Moeen Ali: The all-rounder can be the perfect game-changer for CSK with his exploits with bat and ball. The southpaw can score quick runs besides picking up the crucial wickets in the powerplay or middle overs.

Dinesh Karthik: A sheer versatile player, Karthik has been brilliant so far, being the perfect match-winner. He has come in and struck the ball all over the park. This could be another game where he enjoys himself.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Robin Uthappa: He can be a quality offering upfront for CSK. The veteran is seeing a revival of himself since the end of last season and can be a force up front. He is middling the ball well and has the confidence on offer.

Glenn Maxwell: The Aussie international can have maximum impact and be the desired match-winner. He brings so much to the side, and his experience will be vital. Maxwell can power RCB to good totals.

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