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Indian T20 League 2022: Qualifier 2- Rajasthan vs Bangalore- Preview, Playing XIs, Pitch Reports & Updates

By Alan

May 26, 2022

The second qualifier of the Indian T20 League 2022 between Rajasthan and Bangalore will give the tournament its second finalist. Neither of the teams would want to be on the losing side as this will be their last chance to make it to the finals. A high-intensity match can be expected at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on the 27th of May. The team winning the match will play against Gujarat in the final.

Team Updates

Rajasthan

Rajasthan is coming out of a loss in the first playoffs game against Gujarat. However, they will be high on confidence after a good batting display in the match. The Sanju Samson-led team would want to keep the batting performance intact while improving on their bowling effort. The bowlers enabled the opposition to form partnerships in the last game, which placed them in difficulties. They’d like to make amends in the next game.

Despite a poor bowling display, the men in pink would not want to make any change to their playing XI from their last match. They will have to believe in their guys to perform well in this crucial game against a good batting order.

Players to watch out for

Jos Buttler- Jos Buttler has been a great performer for the Rajasthan team this season. He has been the league’s leading run-scorer thus far and has maintained his form. He has scored 718 runs at an average of 51.28 in 15 matches this season.

Sanju Samson- Sanju Samson has been in and out of form this season, but he looked in good touch in the last game as he scored 47 runs in 26 balls. He would hope to take advantage of it in the next game.

Probable Playing XI

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoy

Bangalore

The Bangalore team looked very determined to win the eliminator game against Lucknow. They put up a fantastic all-around performance to win the game. The team captained by Faf du Plessis would like to continue doing so in the upcoming encounter. However, some of their key batters will have to take the responsibility to win their team the match. Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell have all been inconsistent.

Mohammed Siraj, in the bowling lineup, will also have to take on more responsibility throughout the game. Bangalore will not want to make any changes to their starting XI in the game. They would want to stick with their successful combination.

Players to watch out for

Dinesh Karthik- Dinesh Karthik has been the most consistent performer for Bangalore. Even in the last match, he was at the top of his game as he finished the innings along with Rajat Patidar. He has scored 324 runs at an average of 64.8 in 15 games. His strike rate of 187.28 has also been brilliant.

Josh Hazlewood- Josh Hazlewood has gotten the team many crucial wickets this season. He has been a match-winner for them. Thus far, he has taken 18 wickets in 11 games for the team. He’d want to keep it going in the next game.

Head to Head

Stats Matches Won by Rajasthan Won by Bangalore No Result
Overall 27 11 13 3
Last 5 Matches 5 1 4 0
Indian T20 League 2022 2 1 1 0

Pitch Report

The Narendra Modi Stadium, which will host its first game of the Indian T20 League, is likely to witness a lot of runs. The surface at this venue is normally ideal for batting. However, early swing might be available for fast bowlers. The team winning the toss would want to chase the target here.

Match Details

Date- 27th May 2022

Time- 7:30 p.m. (IST)

Venue- Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Broadcast- Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar