Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans face each other in match number 67 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Thursday.

Gujarat Titans and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 43 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. This is the first of the double-header tomorrow. The Titans have played 8 games, winning 7 and losing one. They have 14 points in their bag. Meanwhile, RCB have played nine games, winning five and losing four games.

This is a crucial game for both sides as they seek two valuable points and enhance their reputation.

Analysis of GT

The Hardik Pandya-led Titans have been superb so far. Hardik Pandya has stepped up for his side, scoring the most runs. He has already mustered over 300 runs so far, playing a match-winning knock versus KKR recently. David Miller has chipped in as well given the GT does not bat long. The likes of Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan have been terrific as finishers down the order. Wriddhiman Saha had a solid show versus SRH and this will give him a push.

The bowling of GT is strong. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have plenty of experience and expertise. Shami has already hit double digits this season, and he can make a difference for his side versus an inconsistent RCB side. Both these bowlers are wicket-taking bowlers. Rashid Khan is their trump card, and he can be used well. The likes of Alzzari Joseph and Yash Dayal can be good options, and GT look strong.

Analysis of RCB

RCB have scored 68 and 115 in their last two matches, and the batting is a worry. Virat Kohli has endured a horrible run of form. The rest of the side has been inconsistent. The batting is what RCB need to work upon and improve. GT have a solid bowling attack, and RCB may suffer here. The senior players have to take over the mantle and deliver. This is a crucial phase for RCB, and they cannot afford to lose another game.

In terms of bowling, Josh Hazlewood has been the star for RCB. He can cause issues for GT. Harshal Patel has continued to take wickets, and this will please the management. Shahbaz and Wanindu Hasaranga have done an able job so far as the spin twins. Mohammed Siraj has improved of late. RCB’s bowling is good, but the batting needs improvement. 

Head-to-head record

This is the first meeting between the two sides.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

GT predicted playing XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj

Which team is the predicted winner?

With what we have seen in terms of performance, GT have been too good. They are the clear favorites here and can unsettle RCB, who have to bat well. GT will aim for another win here and virtually seal a playoff berth.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai will host this match. One can see quality runs on offer here. The chasing side has won three of the last five matches. Interestingly, the last two outings haven’t been high-scoring, but things can change. RCB recorded a first innings score of 68 against SRH, while DC bowled out PBKS for 115.

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 3:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Faf du Plessis has smashed 292 fours and needs eight more for a mark of 300. He can be the first RCB player to smash 300 runs this season (278). Pandya needs 19 runs to surpass the 1,900-run mark. He can also get past Mahela Jayawardene (1,802).

The major bowling stats on offer

Mohammed Shami has taken 13 wickets in IPL 2022, including 92 overall. The senior bowler can steer clear of Mohit Sharma (92). GT wrist-spinner Rashid Khan has 101 wickets in the IPL and can get past Zaheer Khan (102). Hazlewood has 10 wickets from five games this season.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Wriddhiman Saha, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, David Miller, Faf du Plessis

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Josh Hazlewood

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Kohli, David Miller, Faf du Plessis

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Rashid Khan

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Hardik Pandya: With 305 runs at 61.00, the Indian cricketer has taken the mantle for his side and can be the real threat. Pandya has come at the crease as per situations, and we expect another good knock.

J Hazlewood: The Aussie pacer has come in and picked wickets. 10 from five games mean something substantial for the senior player. He will be keen to exploit his form and do well versus GT.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Faf du Plessis: The top scorer for RCB needs a solid game, and he will use his experience to come long and strong. RCB will depend on his services upfront in adding runs.

Rashid Khan: The vice-captain of GT has shown his influence. He has bowled economically and taken wickets when it mattered. He has also won a couple of games with the bat. 

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