In Match 67 of the 2022 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Thursday night. For both teams, this is the final game of the league stage, and they have quite a lot at stake.
With 14 points from 13 matches, RCB are still in the race for a Playoffs berth. However, they have a net run rate of -0.323, and their best bet would be to win tonight and hope Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals, who also have 14 points from 13 games but with a positive net run rate.
Tournament debutants Gujarat Titans are flying high, having already secured a spot in Qualifier 1. Though a couple of defeats did not go according to plan, but Gujarat got their campaign back on track with victories over Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants.
Ahead of the Playoffs, Gujarat may look to rest a few players in this game, especially the bowlers. On the other hand, Bangalore will bank on their experienced players to come good in this virtual knockout game. In particular, they need Josh Hazlewood, who leaked 64 in his four overs against Punjab, to get back in the grooves.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami
- Back the Bangalore top-order to fire in this crunch game.
- Do pick Hasaranga and Dayal in your fantasy XI.
- Considering his current form, Patidar can be a handy pick in the batting line-up.
Where to watch
Live streaming of Match 67 of IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Gujarat Titans (GT) will start from 7.30 PM IST on 19 May. You can watch the match on the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.