Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings face each other in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. After 10 games, RCB have won five and lost five. CSK have clinched three wins and lost six so far.

Analysis of RCB

Since beating LSG, the Challengers have tasted defeat in three successive games. They have lost against SRH, RR, and GT in the previous three games. RCB will need to bounce back from a new low this season. They have an opportunity to do so versus CSK and get back the desired confidence. All eyes will be on Virat Kohli, who finally got some runs in the previous match. He will be keen to make amends once again. RCB also need runs from skipper Faf du Plessis and Aussie star Glenn Maxwell. The versatile Dinesh Karthik needs to find his form back after struggling of late.

Bowling wise, RCB will depend heavily on Wanindu Hasaranga, who has 15 scalps from 10 games. Harshal Patel has done a reasonable job as well. Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood has 10 scalps from six games and can be a trump card versus his former side.

Analysis of CSK

CSK tamed SRH with Dhoni returning as captain. The win can transform CSK’s campaign. Dhoni will look to use all his expertise and experience to come good. Devon Conway showed his specialities after returning to the side. Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a 99-run knock versus SRH, and he is a class act up front. Ambati Rayudu has done a reasonable job in the middle.

With the ball, CSK, it remains to be seen if Dwayne Bravo, who has taken 14 wickets this season, makes a return to the side. Mukesh Choudhary will want to trouble RCB upfront. He has impressed one and all. In Mitchell Santner, CSK have a quality bowling all-rounder on offer. Maheesh Theekshana has done well too. There is Ravindra Jadeja as well.

Head-to-head record

Both teams have met one another on 29 occasions in the IPL (NR: 1). CSK have enjoyed the rivalry with 19 wins, while RCB have pocketed only nine wins to date. CSK (216/4) beat RCB by 23 runs in the last tie between the two sides.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

CSK predicted playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (captain & wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius/Dwayne Bravo, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana.

RCB predicted playing XI: Faf du Plessis (captain), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.

Which team is the predicted winner?

We feel CSK can be strong here and pocket another win versus RCB. With Dhoni back, the confidence of the side will be on top gear. CSK have a decent side on offer, and there is plenty of experience riding. RCB are a bit low at the moment, and CSK can play freely to get a win.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The match will take place at the MCA Stadium in Pune. We have witnessed an average score of 170-175 in the first innings (last five matches). Out of nine games, six have been won by sides batting first. 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

Robin Uthappa has amassed 4,950 runs in the IPL and is 50 shy of the 5,000-run mark. Rayudu has 346 fours and is four shy of the 350 mark. Kohli needs 31 runs more for the 6,500-run mark (6,469). Faf (292) needs eight fours to notch a mark of 300.

The major bowling stats on offer

Harshal has 88 scalps in the IPL and can surpass Pragyan Ojha’s tally of 89. Jadeja is the leading wicket-taker versus RCB in the IPL (26). Bravo is two scalps shy of racing to 20 versus RCB.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, R Jadeja

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mukesh Choudhary

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, M Santner

Bowlers: Josh Hazlewood, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mukesh Choudhary

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Virat Kohli: After a much needed fifty in the previous game, Kohli will be aiming to continue in the same vein. He is a class player and will use his experience to floor CSK.

Ruturaj Gaikwad: The CSK opener was back to his best versus SRH, and we can see him play in the same vein in this match. Ruturaj can get you big scores, which can be menacing for RCB.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Josh Hazlewood: With 10 scalps already this season, Hazlewood is the best asset for RCB. He can test the mettle of the CSK batters. Hazlewood’s offerings can be immense.

Dwayne Bravo: With 14 scalps, Bravo has shown he is a reliable bowler. No wonder he is IPL’s leading wicket-taker. He can work wonders and get wickets in the middle overs.

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