Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Gujrat Titans in match 67 of IPL 2022 on Thursday at the Wankhede Cricket Stadium, Mumbai.
This will be the second match between Gujarat Titans and Royal Challengers Bangalore in this season of IPL 2022.
In their previous encounter, the Titans registered a comfortable 6-wicket victory over RCB.
Gujarat Titans have been superb in their debut season as they are standing at the top of the points table with 10 victories from 13 matches.
Meanwhile, RCB is placed at the 5th position with 8 wins from 13 games and this is a must-win game for them to stay alive in this competition.
Performance in the previous match:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
In their last match, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a 54-run defeat against Punjab Kings.
RCB only managed to reach 155-9 while chasing 210 runs.
Glenn Maxwell was the top scorer with 35 runs while Harshal Patel claimed a 4-wicket haul for RCB in that match.
Gujrat Titans defeated the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their previous match.
Bowling first, GT restricted Chennai to only 133-5 from their 20 overs, and Mohammad Shami picked up 2 wickets.
Gujarat Titans didn’t face any difficulty in their chase and got over the line with 7 wickets in hand.
Wriddhiman Saha scored an impressive half-century and remained unbeaten on 67*runs from just 57 balls.
Teams: GT vs RCB
Venue: Wankhede Cricket Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 19th May, Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm IST
Average 1st innings score
The average 1st innings total at this venue is 165
Head to head record
Here is the head-to-head record between these two sides in the history of IPL.
Total Matches Played: 1
RCB won: 0
GT won: 1
Tie/no results: 0
We have witnessed some low-scoring contests at the Wankhede Stadium but the batting side has also got benefited in some games.
The batters can score quick runs in the powerplay as the ball will come nicely onto the bat early on.
Defending the target will not be easier here so, both teams will like to chase the target on this pitch.
RCB Probable Playing 11
Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis ©, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
GT Probable Playing 11
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya ©, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal/Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami
Star bowler of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga has been exceptional for RCB with the ball this season.
He is currently the second-highest wicket-taker of the season with 23 wickets from 13 games.
Hasaranga will be the standout bowler in this match.
Star batsman of the match
Shubman Gill has scored 402 runs from just 13 games and he is the 6th leading run-scorer of the season.
The right-hander has played a crucial role at the top-order for Gujarat Titans throughout the season.
Shubman Gill will be keen to score a big knock before going into the Playoffs to boost up his confidence.
Star Wicketkeeper of the match
Wriddhiman Saha played a match-winning knock of 67 runs for GT in their previous match.
Saha is also quite sharp behind the stumps and he will be the star wicketkeeper in this match.
Star all-rounder of the match
Hardik Pandya has played some impressive knocks with the bat this season and he has also grabbed a few wickets to bring his form back.
Pandya is looking fit now and he is expected to shine with both bat and bowl in this match.
Who will win?
Gujarat Titans have already qualified for the Playoffs but RCB is in a do-or-die situation.
They need to beat GT by a huge margin and then rely on Mumbai Indians to beat Delhi Capitals in their last match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will need some extraordinary performance to beat Gujarat Titans, and that too by a big margin to stay alive in this competition.
On the other hand, Gujarat Titans will also want to win this game because they wouldn’t like to break their momentum before going into the Playoffs.
Based on the overall form of the teams, we expect Gujarat Titans to win the match.