Faf du Plessis has won the toss, and Royal Challengers Bangalore are bowling first against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022.

Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other in match number 13 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Tuesday. The match is being held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Sanju Samson-led RR have claimed two successive wins by major margins. As far as RCB are concerned, they lost the first game against PBKS before sealing a low-scoring thriller versus Kolkata Knight Riders.

Analysis of RR

Rajasthan Royals showed in both games why they are the team to beat this season. They have not only batted well, but the bowling to has been terrific. In both games, RR stepped up with the bat to seal the deal. Sanju Samson made the difference in the opener versus SRH before Joe Buttler slammed a century versus Mumbai Indians. With the presence of Shimron Hetmyer in the middle-order, RR have a solid base on offer.

With the ball, RR are sorted, and the likes of Trent Boult and the always improving Prasidh Krishna claiming crucial wickets. They will be backed to give RR a strong start. And then you have the spin combination of Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin. Both have bowled well so far, with Chahal making the difference. He is a real match-winner for the Royals army.

Analysis of RCB

The Faf Du Plessis-led RCB need a better show after having almost surrendered the game versus KKR. They were lucky enough to pull off a win. The big news for RCB is the return of Glenn Maxwell to the side. He adds a lot of character, given his hard-hitting skills. With DK in the middle-order as well, RCB have the desired experience. In order to tame the Royals on a good deck, RCB need runs, and they will back themselves. The onus will be on Virat Kohli to get quality runs at number three.

With the ball, Wanindu Hasaranga can prove to be the decisive factor. He claimed four scalps versus KKR and did a decent job versus PBKS earlier as well. Harshal Patel has been impressive. The find has been Akash Deep, who is enjoying the freedom and trust vested in him. Like RR, RCB do have a decent bowling unit, and it promises to be a cracking affair against a side that is sound batting-wise.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other 24 times in the competition so far. RCB have the edge over RR, keeping a 12-10 lead so far. Two matches didn’t have a result. Since IPL 2020, RCB have won all four games versus the Royals.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, R Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

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

Which team is the predicted winner?

Given the personnel on paper, RR seem the ideal favourites. The batting, in particular, has the depth up to the lower middle-order. You get consistent personnel who can take the game away in a flash. Buttler has impressed largely and has taken the game to the opposition. Also, RR’s spin duo can make a real difference. Ashwin and Chahal have shown their character as senior men. Their eight overs can make the real difference here. RR have a better shape in bowling and batting. RCB have a good unit on offer but expect RR to come out on top.

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The Wankhede Stadium pitch will assist batters at large, and one expects a high-scoring match. Also, pacers can be productive upfront and be amongst the wickets. Spinners may be influential as the game progresses. 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

In 97 games, Maxwell has scored 2,018 runs at 25.22. The Aussie international can surpass the likes of JP Duminy and Adam Gilchrist in terms of runs. Samson has 3,153 runs in the IPL and can steer clear of Yusuf Pathan (3,204). Kohli has 579 runs versus RR in the IPL and can become just the third player to amass 600-plus runs after AB de Villiers and Suresh Raina. Buttler has smashed 98 maximums and is two shy of 100.

The major bowling stats on offer

In terms of bowling, R Ashwin (146 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (144 wickets) can be the real trump cards. Ash has 17 wickets versus RCB and can become the 7th player to take 20-plus wickets versus them. Trent Boult (79) can get past Irfan Pathan in terms of wickets (80). Harshal Patel (81) can get past Imran Tahir’s tally of 82 scalps.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Devdutt Padikkal

All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, R Ashwin

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Prasidh Krishna, Akash Deep, Yuzvendra Chahal

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: J Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Devdutt Padikkal

All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Hasaranga

Bowlers: Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Harshal Patel

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Faf du Plessis: The RCB opener and captain can set the tone for his side with an effortless batting on offer. He has all the shots in his text book. He can play a fiery knock to keep RR at bay. Faf reads the situation well and can be the crux for RCB.

Sanju Samson: The RR skipper showed his brilliance in the game versus SRH and MI, respectively. The senior batter can take the game away in a flash. He is a real deal for RR and will want the side to revolve around his offerings.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Yuzvendra Chahal: The experienced wrist-spinner can be the driving force for RR. Chahal will be upbeat in facing his former side, RCB, and employ his tactics well in the middle overs. He had earlier claimed three scalps versus SRH.

Shimron Hetmyer: The West Indian big-hitter has shown his credentials for the plethora of shots from his blade. He is a busy player and can power RR to strong finishes. A lot will revolve around Hetmyer.

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