Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will resume their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign on September 20 by wearing a blue jersey against the Kolkata Knights Riders in Abu Dhabi.RCB had announced in May that they would be sporting blue jerseys to honour the frontline workers fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic in India. However, before their next fixture, the IPL was suspended due to positive Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubbles of franchises in Delhi and Ahmedabad.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted IPL out of India and said that the remaining season will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to October 15."RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20th. We at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, which resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic," RCB said in a statement.RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20thWe at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, that resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic.#PlayBold #1Team1Fight pic.twitter.com/r0NPBdybAS— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 14, 2021Instead of the flagship "Go Green" campaign jersey, RCB will wear a blue this year. The blue jerseys will also have important health messages engraved on it.Virat Kohli and Mohamed Siraj arrived in the UAE on a chartered flight from Manchester were India played a test series against England. The fifth and last test of the aforementioned series has been canceled after the Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp.The likes of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell also arrived in the UAE earlier this month to prepare for the rest of the season.Mike Hesson, who has doubled as coach after Simon Katich's withdrawal, has been overseeing the training with the available RCB players in the UAE.RCB will be looking to reach the play-offs for the second successive IPL season. Virat Kohli's men are currently in third place with 5 wins from 7 matches, tied on 10 points with the Chennai Super Kings, who are in second place. Delhi Capitals leads the points table with 12 points from 8 games.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad
The two new IPL teams will be auctioned on October 17. The league's ninth and tenth teams will be decided just two days after the IPL final in Dubai and the day the T20 World Cup begins.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced a tender for owning and operating two new Indian Premier League franchises.“The Governing Council of the IPL invites bids to acquire the right to own and operate 1 (one) of the 2 (two) new teams proposed to be introduced to take part in the Indian Premier League from the IPL 2022 season, through a tender process,” the BCCI said in a statement.Also Read- IPL 2021: RCB to wear blue jersey against KKR on September 20 to honour frontline workersThe deadline for the purchase of tender document is October 5.Among the venues where the teams could be based include Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Pune. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Ekana Stadium in Lucknow the larger-capacity could be an option for franchises. This effectively indicates that the IPL will be a 10-team tournament starting in the 2022 season.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad
When one talks about the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, the first name that comes to mind is Virat Kohli. The legendary batsman has been associated with the franchise since the inception of the league's in 2008 and has become a formidable figure in its history. Kohli has been the face and captain of RCB since he took over as captain in the middle of the 2012 season. He has been an ambassador for the franchise in T20 cricket. But despite his impressive performances on the field with the bat, Kohli has not managed to lift the IPL trophy ever, either as a player or captain.He came within touching distance in 2016, when he re-wrote the record books by scoring 973 runs in the tournament as he single-handedly took his team to the final. But it was not to be as his team lost to SunRisers Hyderabad.The 2021 season will be Kohli's last chance to win the coveted league as the RCB captain.Virat Kohli on Sunday made it clear that he will continue playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore but won't be captaining the team beyond the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season.Also Read- Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World CupKohli dropped his second bombshell this week as he confirmed the news in a video posted by RCB on social media. The 32-year-old also gave up the captaincy of India's T20 team to manage his immense workload, saying he would not continue in the role after this year's World Cup in the UAE.Virat Kohli to step down from RCB captaincy after #IPL2021“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 19, 2021Here's what Kohli said in an emotional video, which was shared on social media by RCB:“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” the RCB skipper said in a statement."It wasn't an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise."The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket.Kohli, who took over as RCB skipper full time from Daniel Vettori in 2013, has yet to lead the side to an IPL title."I spoke to the management this evening. This was something that was on my mind... I needed the space to refresh, regroup and be absolutely clear in how to move forward," Kohli said.RCB currently ranks third in the IPL 2021 points table with 5 wins from 7 matches. They will resume their campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on September 19.Also Read- Make KL Rahul vice-captain, groom him as future leader, says Sunil Gavaskar
On paper, Punjab Kings and the Rajasthan Royals have more than a few things in common in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both affected by the withdrawal of players and locked at six points each, the two teams will look to revive their falling campaign during their clash at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.Wicketkeeper captains KL Rahul and Sanju Samson comfortably sit among the top six scorers of the tournament, but their individual efforts have left no impact on their team's performances so far.With the odds stacked against them in their 14th attempt to lift the elusive trophy, Punjab Kings will hope for their coach Anil Kumble and the leadership group to get their campaign back on track.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonDuring his playing career, Kumble had back India from the clutches of defeat on numerous occasions. With the former India captain name doing the rounds for a second stint as head coach of the national team once Ravi Shastri completes his tenure after the T20 World Cup, the legendary leg-spinner will look to prove his mettle as a franchise coach.Before his fallout with Virat Kohli, Kumble had coached India to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final. However, his brief tenure as coach of the Punjab Kings has yet to produce the desired results. The Mohali-based franchise finished sixth in 2020 and is currently at the same spot midway into the IPL 2021 season.Tuesday's competition will be more about what kinds of starts can be made by the top order players on both sides. As for the Kings, Rahul and Mayank are expected to open with Chris Gale providing just the right momentum to their innings at No.3.Prabhsimran Singh is another exciting prospect at the top of the order in case he gets into the XI. The middle order will be manned by Mandeep Singh, M Shahrukh Khan and a toss-up between new recruit Aiden Markram and West Indian Nicholas Pooran, eager to get over a nightmarish first phase, where he got four ducks.Leg-spin remains Punjab's forte and the addition of experienced campaigner Adil Rashid, alongside the India pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin, could come in handy in UAE conditions. The withdrawals of Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson means Mohammed Shami is set to be partnered by either Chris Jordan or Nathan Ellis. Left-armer Arshdeep Singh's improved death bowling will also strengthen his case.Similarly for the Rajasthan, a lot will depend on the start provided by power-hitters Liam Livingston and Evin Lewis. Coming to the IPL after some sensational performances in "The Hundred" for Birmingham Phoenix, Livingston will be excited to stretch his run, while at the same time his skills will be tested against a high-quality leg-spin.Weakened by the withdrawal of Ben Stokes, Joss Butler and Jofra Archer, Rajasthan hope that their Indian Players like Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya to turn the tide.Also Read- Pakistan vs New Zealand: Entire tour called off due to security concerns minutes before 1st ODI
Delhi Capitals have been the team to beat in IPL 2021, with Rishabh Pant doing a great job leading the franchise in the absence of Shreyas Iyer. But that was all before Covid outbreak in the IPL bio-bubble that led to the tournament being postponed. Iyer is back, but Pant will continue to lead the team, at least until the end of the current season. Delhi hopes to pick up where it left off in India, and their first test comes in the form of bottom-placed SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.While DC was the form team in the first leg in India, SRH endured a nightmare. The team had just one win under their belt from seven games.SRH's dreadful showing cost David Warner his captaincy and he was replaced by Kane Williamson before the tournament was halted. The Covid-enforced break, however, came at the right time for SRH. The team has now had time to regroup and hopes that a change of scenery will lead to a change of fortunes.Also Read- DC vs SRH Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI UpdatesBefore the UAE resumed, SRH was hit hard when England star Jonny Bairstow withdrew from the tournament.Jonny Bairstow is the top-scorer for SRH this season with 248 runs in seven matches, boasting a strike-rate of 141.71. SRH have added West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford to their squad following Bairstow's withdrawal.Rashid Khan will once again hold the key for SRH when it comes to bowling but others will need to provide him support. Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems to be getting back to his best and that will be good news for the Hyderabad franchise.Delhi are currently level on 12 points with league leaders Chennai Super Kings but have an inferior run-rate to MS Dhoni's team. A win against SRH will put Delhi on top at least till CSK play next.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season
The five-time champion Mumbai Indians did not start well in the second leg of IPL 2021, as they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs. They did a good job of pick up the wicket early on, but later in death overs, they conceded plenty of runs, which brought about their downfall. Rohit Sharma, who missed the last match due to a niggle, is likely to be back for this match.On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders were stunning against RCB in their previous match, as they bowled Virat Kohli’s team out for just 92 runs. The Knights then chased the target with 10 overs still left in the game. This was one of the biggest victories in IPL in terms of balls remaining. Youngsters are doing great work for KKR at the moment.Match Details:Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 34Venue:Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate & Time: September 23rd at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming:Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The wicket is conducive for the bowlers, and we witnessed some terrific bowling performances from KKR bowlers against RCB on Monday. Having said that, the batters need to spend time at the crease to put a decent total on the board.Also Read- IPL 2021, MI vs KKR: It's Rohit Sharma vs Varun Chakravarthy as Mumbai Indians eye winProbable Playing XIs for MI vs KKR: Mumbai IndiansQuinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya / Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit BumrahKolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh KrishnaTop Picks for MI vs KKR Dream11 Match: Top Picks – BatsmanSuryakumar Yadav got out cheaply for a single-digit score in the last match against Chennai Super Kings. That being said, he is a match-winner who has got the necessary backing of the Mumbai team management to play freely. He has scored 176 runs so far in this IPL at an average of 22.Shubman Gill played a sensible knock in the last match against RCB. The 22-year-old talented batter from Punjab scored 48 runs from 34 deliveries in the run chase. Overall, in this year’s IPL, he has amassed 180 runs in 8 matches at an average of 22.5.Top Picks – All-RoundersKrunal Pandya can be a good budget pick. He might be struggling to make a big impression in this IPL. However, he is a resilient all-rounder and will be hopeful of delivering well in this match.Andre Russell was brutal with the ball against RCB. His unplayable yorker to dismiss AB de Villiers was one of the main highlights of the match. He ended with the figures of 3/9.Top Picks – BowlersTrent Boult is a wicket-taking bowler who swings the ball both ways and is very effective in the powerplay. The New Zealand left-arm quick has scalped 10 wickets in this year’s IPL, with the best figures of 3/28.Varun Chakravarthy likes to attack the stumps every time he runs in, and he did the same against RCB. Bangalore batters struggled to read his variations and fell to his trap. He was the player of the match for his figures of 3/13.Top Picks – WicketkeepersQuinton de Kock was cruising well in the match against Chennai Super Kings, but was dismissed when he was batting on 17 runs. He has mustered 172 runs in 7 matches so far in this year’s IPL, with the highest score of 70*.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MI vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell (vc), Venkatesh Iyer, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Varun ChakravarthySuggested Playing XI No.2 for MI vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Quinton de Kock (c), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthyMI vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:Playing in his debut IPL game, Venkatesh Iyer played some breath-taking shots against RCB and fearlessly attacked the top-quality bowlers. He remained not out on 41* runs from 27 deliveries. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to his role of a number three, but Nitish Rana played quite a few extraordinary knocks in the first phase of IPL 2021, where he batted as an opener. In fact, he scored a half-century against Mumbai Indians.Player you should avoid:Dinesh Karthik bats way down the order for KKR, which is why it’s hard to pick him in the final eleven.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season
Bolstered by the return of Captain Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians (MI), still agonizing from their defeat against the Chennai Super Kings will look to return against the Varun Chakravarthy (KKR) inspired Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi Stadium on Thursday night.The Tamil Nadu tweaker won handsome praise from India and RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who said he’s going to be “a key factor when he plays for India” after taking 3/13 in four overs. The 30-year-old’s magical spell included as many as 15 dot balls and Glenn Maxwell was one of his three scalps.When the teams met in Chennai during the first stage of the IPL, Rohit hit 43 off 32 balls and Chakravarthy took 1-27 in four overs, as MI won by 10 runs. Their 10-wicket victory over RCB allowed KKR to climb a little further to sixth spot on the table with six points from eight games.In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need to keep winning from here.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonMissing the services of their talismanic captain and India allrounder Hardik Pandya, MI went down by 20 runs to CSK on Sunday night. Both the players were rested as a precautionary measure, allowing them to recover from their niggles.While there’s still doubt over Pandya’s availability, head coach Mahela Jayawardene had said that Rohit should be returning for the KKR match.In a pre-match presser on Wednesday, MI’s left-arm pacer Trent Boult said: “They (Rohit and Hardik) are both recovering very well. In terms of their selection for the next game, I’m not too sure what’s going on there. But day by day, they are improving. It was probably more of precaution that they had that extra bit of rest the other night against Chennai. But they are obviously two vital players in the XI for Mumbai. And we’re desperate to get them back. So, fingers crossed that they’ll be pretty good to go over the next couple of games.”Lying at the fourth spot with eight games in eight matches, MI desperately need their key players for the business end of the tournament.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Mumbai Indians (@mumbaiindians)He (Rohit) was sorely missed. He is right up there in terms of experience and runs achieved in this format. So, it was a big hole but it was a good decision to make sure (that) he’s 100% with the amount of cricket coming up. If he comes to the eleven, it will be brilliant, but we want to make sure he is 100% fit,” said Boult.Whether Pandya plays on Thursday or not, he will also be seen by the Indian selectors, who chose him ahead of players like Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar for the T20 World Cup, which follows directly from the IPL in the United Arab Emirates.“If Hardik is fully fit, he can contribute with both bat and ball. He’s a very good player for any side. He’s working hard to get himself fit and we’re desperate to have him back,” said Boult.They would blame themselves for allowing CSK to get out of jail in the last game. Having reduced them to 24 for four in six overs, MI’s stand-in captain Kieron Pollard perhaps allowed their opponents to get off the hook when he chose to take off pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Boult and bring on his spinners.Also Read- Former Mr India contest winner Manoj Patil attempts suicide, blames actor Sahil Khan for harrassment
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, will face off each other in match 35 of IPL 2021 on Friday. Royal Challengers had a bad last game against KKR, where they were bundled out for just 92 runs. They need to get over from the defeat and will be playing at a completely different venue compared to their last game. They are still placed at the 3rd spot in the standings with 10 points. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings ruling this year's IPL. Despite losing 4 wickets in the power play for just 24 runs against Mumbai Indians, they did really well in the latter part of the innings to score 156 runs at the end of 20 overs. Sam Curran who missed the previous game due to quarantine is available for selection. With 6 wins and 2 losses, they placed themselves at 2nd spot in the standings with 12 points.Match Details: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 35Venue:Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate &Time:September 24th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:It’s one of the best batting wickets in the World. The boundaries are way too short on either side of the ground. Even the score of 200 plus is hard to defend here. Bowling first is a good option.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonProbable Playing XIs RCB vs CSK:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalChennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran / Josh Hazlewood, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak ChaharRCB vs CSK Top Picks for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersIt’s a well-made surface for Glenn Maxwell. He can fancy his chances of scoring big runs here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. So far in this IPL, he has accumulated 233 runs in 7 innings at an average of 33.28 with the highest score of 78. Ruturaj Gaikwad played a rescue act in the last game against Mumbai Indians. He showed a great amount of character and remained not out in the end on 88* runs from 58 balls.Top Picks – All-RoundersRavindra Jadeja has a fond memory against RCB. He smashed 62* runs from 28 balls in their previous meeting in the 1st leg and even picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 3.25. Moeen Ali got out for a no score in the last match against Mumbai Indians. England all-rounder has notched 206 runs in 7 matches in this year’s IPL at an average of 29.42 and even picked up 5 wickets at an economy of 6.Top Picks – Bowlers Harshal Patel is the purple cap holder in this ongoing IPL. In 8 matches so far, he has picked up 17 wickets at an economy of 9 with the best figures of 5 for 27 and has 47 runs to his name with the bat as well. Deepak Chahar has picked the most wickets for Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL. In 8 matches he has grabbed 10 wickets at an economy of 7.57 with the best figures of 4 for 13.Top Picks – WicketkeepersAB de Villiers will be desperately hungry for the runs. He got out for a first-ball duck in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, one innings can’t define him. He is still an excellent pick for your fantasy teams.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell (c), Faf du Plessis (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Kyle JamiesonSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket: AB de Villiers (c), Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Glenn Maxwell, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Moeen Ali (vc), Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammad SirajRCB vs CSK Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell 233 runs 350 AB de Villiers 207 runs 391 Ruturaj Gaikwad 284 runs 430 Moeen Ali 206 runs and 5 wickets 483 Devdutt Padikkal 217 runs 336 RCB vs CSK Risky Captaincy Choices:Virat Kohli has scored over 200 runs in this year’s IPL at an average of 29. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Sam Curran is back, and his inclusion will further add more balance to the CSK unit. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Suresh Raina is losing his charm as the year goes by, he averages 21.16 with the bat in this year’s IPL. It’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Pakistan vs New Zealand: Entire tour called off due to security concerns minutes before 1st ODI
Virat Kohli is back to breaking batting records at will. In a jaw-dropping stat that is a reflection of his greatness, RCB captain Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Virat Kohli reached the historic milestone while opening the batting for RCB against Mumbai Indians in Match 39 of IPL 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Kohli achieved the landmark in the over against Jasprit Bumrah where the skipper was taking his India teammate to the cleaners.Kohli hit Jasprit Bumrah for a four and followed with a excellent pull shot that flew over the boundary ropes.Kohli, who has represented India (T20Is), Delhi (domestic cricket) and RCB (IPL), needed 66 runs to get to the T20 milestone before the crucial encounter against CSK. Kohli has arguably been the most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League. Despite not being able to land a title with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the skipper of the popular franchise owns quite a few batting records in the T20 league.6 Pulled away for a maximum and Virat Kohli reaches 10000 runs in T20s. Mr. Milestone. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #RCB #IPL2021 #RCBvMI— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 26, 2021Kohli's former RCB teammate Chris Gayle tops the list of highest run-getters inT20 cricketers. 'Universe Boss' has amassed 14,261 runs in 446 matches at a strike rate of 36.94 with 22 centuries and 87 fifties.Gayle's national team captain Kieron Pollard is second on the list, having scored 11,159 runs in 561 matches with one century and 56 half centuries to his name. Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, with 10,088 runs and 66 fifties in 436 matches, ranks third in the list. David Warner rounds off the top 4 with 10,017 runs in 304 matches.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season
Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Rajasthan Royals in the 40th match of the IPL 2021 on Monday, September 27 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Sunrisers, led by Kane Williamson, are in dire straits as they are languishing right at the bottom of the table. In their previous game, they lost to Punjab Kings by five runs after failing to chase 126 runs. Jason Holder shot five sixes to keep the Orange Army in the game, but his efforts went in vain. Going into the next game, it won’t be a surprise if they make quite a few changes in their playing eleven. The Royals, on the other hand, are placed at seventh in the IPL table. The 33-run loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals would have dented their confidence to some extent. But their skipper, Sanju Samson, looked in great touch. RR don’t have much room for complacency and need to string a few victories.Match DetailsMatch:Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – 40th matchVenue:Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiTime:7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMTWhere to watch live:Star Sports Network, HotstarPitch ReportThe pitch in Dubai has been fairly good for batting. However, the bowlers, especially the fast bowlers, have extracted a lot from the surface. Chasing has usually been tough on the strip. Batting first should be the way forward.Avg first innings score: 159 (3 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 0Probable Playing XIs:Sunrisers HyderabadDavid Warner/Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav/Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad/Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma Bench: Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma/Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg/Kedar Jadhav, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Jason Roy/David Warner, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh, Vijay ShankarRajasthan RoyalsEvin Lewis/David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris /Tabraiz Shamsi, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur RahmanBench: Akash Singh, KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Kuldip Yadav, Manan Vohra, David Miller/Evin Lewis, Shivam Dube, Tabraiz Shamsi/Chris MorrisHead-to-HeadStats Matches SRH Won RR Won Tied Overall 14 7 7 0 At Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2 1 1 0 In the last 5 matches 5 2 3 0 IPL 2021 1 0 1 0 Probable best batter of the matchSanju Samson— Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson has been the standout batter for the Royals in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. He is currently the leading run-scorer of his team, having amassed 351 runs from nine games at an average of 50.14 and a strike rate of 141.53. In the previous game, he stayed unbeaten on 70 and the knock should keep his confidence high, though his knock went in vain. Probable best bowler of the matchMustafizur Rahman – Rajasthan RoyalsMustafizur Rahman has been outstanding for the Royals with the ball in hand. The Bangladesh left-arm speedster has picked up 10 wickets in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Moreover, he has bowled at an economy rate of 7.88 and it shows that he has been able to tie down the batters in the death overs. The southpaw can’t afford to let his guard down by any means. Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format
Royal Challengers Bangalore became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in this edition. They have an excellent chance to finish in the top two spots if they win their last two matches, but might still need to rely on the Chennai Super Kings result. Currently, they are in third spot in the standings with 16 points. Three wins in a row have greatly increased their confidence and they would want to carry the same momentum in the remaining matches. Things are getting worse for Sunrisers Hyderabad at this stage. They became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race, and it is now confirmed that they will finish last. Hyderabad will be aiming to spoil the party of RCB. Batting has been their major area of concern and their batters need to step up in the last 2 matches.Match Details: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 52Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate &Time:October 6th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:379 runs were scored here in the last match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. It was absolutely a belter of a track for the batters where they scored runs freely. We can expect a similar kind of surface for this match as well.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs SRH:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalSunrisers HyderabadJason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran MalikTop Picks for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersDevdutt Padikkal is a reliable batter for RCB at the top of the order. He is 51 runs shy of scoring 400 runs for the second consecutive season in IPL. Jason Roy likes to be positive from the start. In 3 matches, the Englishman has scored 72 runs, with the highest score of 60.Top Picks – All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell has made his intentions clear that he is here to terrorize opposition bowlers. He has been quite successful in doing that for RCB in this edition of the IPL. Maxwell was adjudged as the player of the match for his 57 runs from 33 deliveries against Punjab Kings on Sunday. Jason Holder is the premier all-rounder for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is consistently picking wickets for his side. Overall in this competition, Holder has scalped 11 wickets in 6 matches and has even scored 68 runs with the bat.Top Picks – BowlersYuzvendra Chahal is answering the national selectors who ignored him by picking up wickets for fun in the second leg of the IPL. He has picked up 10 wickets in the last 5 matches, with the best figures of 3/11 against Mumbai Indians. Rashid Khan keeps things simple with the ball, which is his biggest strength. He rarely bowls a bad delivery, which is what makes the Afghan spinner so special. He has picked up 15 wickets in this edition and has even scored 67 runs with the bat.Top Picks – WicketkeepersRCB experimented in their batting order in the last match against Punjab Kings. Kona Srikar Bharat was pushed down the order and he didn’t face a ball. In the second leg of the IPL, Bharat has scored 92 runs at an average of 30.66.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, Kane Williamson (vc), Jason Roy, Devdutt Padikkal (c), Glenn Maxwell, Jason Holder, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid KhanSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Wriddhiman Saha, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Glenn Maxwell (c), Jason Holder (vc), Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, Rashid KhanRCB vs SRH Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell 407 runs and 3 wickets 706 Devdutt Padikkal 349 runs 563 Yuzvendra Chahal 14 wickets 510 Jason Roy 72 runs 114 Jason Holder 11 wickets 68 runs 433 RCB vs SRH Risky Captaincy Choices:Virat Kohli got starts in the last two matches, but didn’t convert them into big ones. He is the second-highest run-scorer for RCB in this edition with 357 runs in 12 matches. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Wriddhiman Saha has scored 111 runs in the last 5 matches in the second leg of the IPL. Considering his decent run of form, you can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be economical, but he hasn’t picked up wickets in the last 2 matches. Considering his recent performances, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Shooter Aishwary Tomar smashes world record to win gold in Junior World Championships
In the battle between kings, Chennai will face the Punjab in the 53rd match of the IPL 2021. It is a crucial match for both sides. Chennai will aim to finish in the top 2 spots, while on the other hand, Punjab must win this match to stay in the qualifying race. Chennai Super Kings are in a troubled position right now, since they lost their last two games to the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals. Currently, they are in second place in the standings with 18 points. Punjab relies mainly on their top order batters and the lack of mid-order players has been one of its main concerns during this tournament. At one point they were cruising well against RCB, but ended up on the losing side by 6 runs. They need to have a close look at the results of KKR, MI, and RR for their qualification scenarios. Currently, they are in the 6th spot in the standings with 10 points.Match Details:Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, Match 53Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiDate &Time: October 7th at 3:30 PM IST, and at 2:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The batters have struggled a lot to score runs in the last game between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. The wicket is more on the slower side when the score of 160 is defendable on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for CSK vs PBKS:Chennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina / Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak ChaharPunjab KingsLokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda/Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep SinghTop Picks for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersRuturaj Gaikwad is stealing the show with the bat for Chennai Super Kings. Currently, he is second in the list of leading run-scorers in this tournament, having scored 521 runs in 13 matches, including one century and 3 half-centuries. Mayank Agarwal is a bit under the shadow of Lokesh Rahul, but has done well in the second leg of the IPL, scoring 2 half-centuries in his last 4 matches.Top Picks – All-RoundersRavindra Jadeja is one of the premier all-rounders in the Chennai lineup. He has done a remarkable job with his all-round performances in this IPL. In 13 matches, Jadeja has scalped 10 wickets at an economy of 6.75 and has also scored 212 runs at an average of 70.66. Playing in his first game in the second leg of the IPL, Moises Henriques proved his worth by picking 3 wickets against RCB, and he also scored 12* runs with the bat.Top Picks – Bowlers'Lord’ Shardul Thakur is well known for giving breakthroughs whenever needed for his side. He is the leading wicket-taker for Chennai in this edition of the IPL, with 15 scalps in 13 matches at an economy of 8.52. Mohammed Shami has been phenomenal in the second leg of IPL. In the last 5 matches, he has already picked up 10 wickets, with the best figures of 3 for 21.Top Picks – WicketkeepersLokesh Rahul likes to take the game deep, though it has backfired for his side on some occasions. He has been a consistent performer over the last 4 years and has scored heaps of runs. In 12 matches in this edition, he has scored 528 runs at an average of 52.8 and a strike rate of 129.09.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Lokesh Rahul, Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moises Henriques, Moeen Ali (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur, Deepak ChaharSuggested Playing XI No.2 for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:KL Rahul (vc), Shahrukh Khan, Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Moeen Ali, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Josh HazlewoodCSK vs PBKS Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Players Statistics Dream11 Points Ruturaj Gaikwad 521 runs 782 Faf du Plessis 470 runs 745 Ravindra Jadeja 221 runs 10 wickets 768 Lokesh Rahul 528 runs 799 Mayank Agarwal 429 runs 647 CSK vs PBKS Risky Captaincy Choices:Faf du Plessis is fifth in the list of leading run-scorers in this tournament, with 470 runs in 13 matches. It’s worth a risk and you can pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Shahrukh Khan is a genuine finisher for Punjab Kings. He has scored 16 and 22* in his last 2 matches. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team captain.Player you should avoid:MS Dhoni struggled a lot to score runs in this tournament. Considering his current form, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi court denies bail to Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar
Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Delhi Capitals in the final league fixture on Friday. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s hopes of finishing in the top 2 spots are almost over with a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. They experimented with their batting order which backfired them. Glenn Maxwell’s wicket at the wrong time was the turning point that went against them. Delhi Capitals has been one of the most consistent teams for the last 3 years in the IPL. They have exceptional strength on the bench and might experiment in this match to keep their main players fresh ahead of the playoffs. In a thrilling competition, they beat Chennai Super Kings in the previous match by a difference of 3 wickets in the final match during the match. If they win do win this match they will end as group winners with 22 points.Match Details:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals, Match 56Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiDate &Time:October 8th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The surface here in Dubai is unpredictable at times. Scoring runs is always tough in the middle phase of the game. Looks like anything over 160 is a good competitive score on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs DC:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalDelhi CapitalsPrithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer/Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel/Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanTop Picks for RCB vs DC Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersDevdutt Padikkal played an unusual inning in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He struggled to get his timing going and batted at a relatively lower strike rate. However, one innings can’t define the champion batter that Padikkal is, and you can still back him and include him in your fantasy teams. Shikhar Dhawan has a perfect opportunity to become the leading run-scorer in this year’s IPL. ‘Gabbar’ has already scored 501 runs in 13 matches at an average of 41.75.Top Picks – All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell is ruling the second leg of the IPL with his exceptional batting performances. The Aussie batting all-rounder has scored 224 runs in the last 6 matches at an average of 44.8, which includes 3 half-centuries. Maxwell has chipped in with 3 wickets as well. Axar Patel has won two back-to-back player of the match awards in the last 2 matches for his splendid bowling display. In 9 matches in this edition, he has scalped 14 wickets at an economy of 6.05, with the best figures of 3 for 21.Top Picks – BowlersHarshal Patel became the highest wicket-taker among Indian bowlers in a single edition of the IPL with 29 wickets. He achieved this feat in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, surpassing Jasprit Bumrah’s 27 wickets. Avesh Khan is second on the list of leading wicket-takers in this IPL. He has scalped 22 wickets in 13 matches at an economy of 7.14, with the best figures of 3/13.Top Picks – WicketkeepersRishabh Pant should be the first-choice wicketkeeping option for your fantasy teams. The Delhi Capitals skipper has scored 352 runs in 13 matches in this IPL at an average of 35.2. He is a game-changer and a must-pick player for your fantasy teams.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Ripal Patel, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell (c), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Anrich NortjeSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:K Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (vc), Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanRCB vs DC Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Devdutt Padikkal 390 runs 616 Glenn Maxwell 447 runs and 3 wickets 773 Harshal Patel 29 wickets and 51 runs 983 Shikhar Dhawan 501 runs 767 Rishabh Pant 352 runs 637 RCB vs DC Risky Captaincy Choices:AB de Villiers hasn’t faced many deliveries as expected in the second leg of the IPL because he is batting down the order, but when he gets going, it is difficult to stop the South African. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams. Prithvi Shaw has scored 353 runs in 12 matches so far in this edition at an average of 29.41. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:George Garton has been slightly expensive, and there are considering plenty of options available in the bowler’s slot, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Anshu Malik becomes first Indian woman to reach wrestling World Championships final
Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Mumbai Indians in the penultimate league match of the IPL 2021. Sunrisers Hyderabad have something to cheer for in this second leg of the IPL, as they registered their third win in this tournament against RCB by 4 runs. Brilliant spells from Jason Holder and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped them to secure a win. Mumbai Indians, five-time winners have had a difficult IPL so far as their playoffs hope still hang in balance. They will keep an eye on the Knight Riders game on Thursday so they can plan their strategies accordingly against the Sunrisers. They dropped their superstars Quinton de Kock and Krunal Pandya in the previous match and are likely to play the same eleven in this match as well.Match Details:Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, Match 55Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate & Time: October 8th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The boundaries are relatively big on either side of the ground, and it requires immense power from the batters to clear the fence. Considering the last 2 matches played here, the wicket has looked good for batting and even the bowlers have got success as well. Anything over 160 is a good score on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for SRH vs MI:Sunrisers HyderabadJason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik Mumbai IndiansRohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit BumrahTop Picks for SRH vs MI Dream11 Match: Top Picks – BattersJason Roy played his natural game and kept the scoreboard ticking in the last match against RCB. He would have been frustrated to get out in a remarkable fashion, as he was dismissed by an excellent reflex catch by Dan Christian. In 4 matches in this IPL, he has scored 116 runs at an average of 29. Suryakumar Yadav’s form is a major concern for Mumbai management. He hasn’t performed up to the standards he has set in the second leg of the IPL. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 235 runs in 13 matches at an average of 18.07. Top Picks – All-RoundersJason Holder proved his worth again in the last game against RCB by picking up a wicket at an economy of 6.75. Barbados’ tall all-rounder has scalped 12 wickets in 7 matches in this edition and has even scored 84 runs with the bat. Playing his second match for Mumbai Indians, James Neesham picked up 3 huge wickets against Rajasthan Royals at an excellent economy of 3. He can be a good budget pick for your fantasy teams.Top Picks – BowlersUmran Malik is consistently clocking above 147 kph and he is getting excellent assistance from the surface as well. The 21-year-old right-arm quick got his first IPL wicket when he dismissed K Srikar Bharat for 12 runs with a short delivery.Top Picks – WicketkeepersIshan Kishan answered his critics in a perfect manner with an unbeaten half-century against Rajasthan Royals. He scored his first half-century in this IPL and helped his side to gain a thumping victory by 8 wickets.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SRH vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Kane Williamson, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Roy (vc), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Siddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid KhanSuggested Playing XI No.2 for SRH vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Ishan Kishan (vc), Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umran Malik, Trent BoultSRH vs MI Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Jason Roy 116 runs 171 Jason Holder 12 wickets and 84 runs 482 Ishan Kishan 157 runs 255 Rohit Sharma 363 runs 521 Suryakumar Yadav 235 runs 396 SRH vs MI Risky Captaincy Choices:Rashid Khan has been brilliant with the ball in this tournament. He has scalped 16 wickets and has also scored 74 runs with the bat. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Jasprit Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians in this tournament, having picked up 19 wickets at an economy of 7.27. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team captain.Player you should avoid:Hardik Pandya averages 14.62 with the bat. It’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Italy's record 37-match unbeaten run ends with 1-2 defeat to Spain in Nations League
Royal Challengers Bangalore will go head-to-head against Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator of the IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore are still looking for their first IPL title and it is a perfect opportunity for them this year as they have secured the perfect mix of experienced and talented youngsters. They missed the chance to finish the race in the top two spots on the basis of net run rate, as Virat Kohli's men finished third in the standings with 18 points. However, they are still playing an excellent brand of cricket throughout this IPL and will be looking forward to do their best in the playoffs. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders had an exceptional second leg of IPL, where they bounced back from the bottom half of the table and finished fourth in the standings. They relied mainly on youngsters, who did not disappoint them. They had won their last two matches and look to extend their winning streak. Whoever wins this match will go through to Qualifier 2, whereas the loser will be knocked out of the tournament.Match Details:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, EliminatorVenue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate & Time: October 11th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The surface here at Sharjah has become a bowling-friendly one and the batters have struggled to score runs. The highest score registered so far here in the 2nd leg is 171. The surface might get slow down as the game progresses and hence batting first is an excellent option.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs KKR: Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalKolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthyTop Picks for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersRCB skipper Virat Kohli hasn’t fired in the last couple of matches. However, he is a big match player and can deliver in this crucial game. In 14 matches in this edition, he has mustered 366 runs at an average of 28.15. Shubman Gill has scored 2 half-centuries in the last 2 matches, which is a positive sign for the Knight Riders ahead of playoffs. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 352 runs in 14 matches at an average of 25.14.Top Picks – All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell has made a massive impact with the bat for RCB, as he played a vital role in taking them till the playoffs. The Aussie has scored 498 runs in 13 innings at an average of 45.27, with the highest score of 78. Maxwell has chipped in with 3 wickets as well. Venkatesh Iyer is the new sensation of the second leg of the IPL. He has got good reach and can play the shots freely, which is giving him positive results. In 7 matches so far, he has scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and picked up 3 wickets as well.Top Picks – BowlersHarshal Patel has been consistently picking wickets for RCB this year. He is the current Purple Cap holder with 30 wickets in 14 matches, with the best figures of 5/27. Varun Chakravarthy has been the pick of the bowlers from Knight Riders in this edition. Tamil Nadu’s deceptive spinner has picked up 16 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 6.5, with the best figures of 3 for 13.Top Picks – WicketkeepersKona Srikar Bharat became a hero by hitting a last-ball six to win a match for RCB against Delhi Capitals. He was the player of the match for his match-winning knock of 78* runs from 52 deliveries.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell (c), Venkatesh Iyer (vc), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy Suggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli, Rahul Tripathi (c), Sunil Narine, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie FergusonRCB vs KKR Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Players Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell 498 runs 3 wickets 848 Kona Srikar Bharat 182 runs 284 Shubhman Gill 352 runs 547 Venkatesh Iyer 239 runs and 3 wickets 452 Varun Chakravarthy 16 wickets 576 RCB vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:AB de Villiers is a finisher for RCB. He has not got adequate chances in this leg, but the South African can be backed to deliver whenever needed. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper in the big match. Sunil Narine has picked up 10 wickets in 11 matches in this IPL at an economy of 6.52. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:George Garton has picked up 3 wickets in 4 matches so far in this IPL. Considering his average performances, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- PCB can collapse if India wants as ICC getting 90 per cent of its funds from there: Ramiz Raja
Royal Challengers Bangalore champion fast bowler Harshal Patel came close to breaking a long-standing Indian Premier League (IPL) but fell 1 wicket short as his team crashed out of the 2021 season after a 4-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday. Harshal picked up 2 for 19 from his 4 overs to finish his IPL 2021 campaign with 32 wickets and equal Dwayne Bravo's record for the most scalps in a single season. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder had achieved the amazing feat in the 2013 season. The right-arm pacer had the chance to better Bravo's record in his final over when Sunil Narine top-edged his slower delivery towards mid-on but Devdutt Padikkal dropped the catch. Harshal is the only player to pick a hat-trick this season, against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai last month. He is also one of three to pick a five-wicket haul (5 for 27) this season alongside Punjab Kings' Arshdeep Singh (5 for 32) and KKR's Andre Russell (5 for 15) Harshal's performance meanwhile, went in vain as KKR chase down 139 against RCB with 4 wickets in hand and 2 balls to spare to set up Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals on October 13.Most wickets in an IPL season: Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 32 wickets in IPL 2021 Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) – 32 wickets in IPL 2013 Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals) – 30 wickets in IPL 2020 Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) – 28 wickets in IPL 2011 James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals) – 28 wickets in IPL 2013The match turned out to be the final match for Virat Kohli as captain of the RCB. Kohli, who took over as RCB's full-time captain in 2013 from Daniel Vettori, had said midway during the season that he would give up captaincy after completing of IPL 2021.It was a disappointing end to one of the most talked about captaincy tenures in the IPL as Kohli finished without a trophy despite leading the franchise for 8 seasons.“I have given my best. I don’t know how the response has been, but I have given 120% to this franchise every time, which is something I will now do as a player. It is a great time to regroup and restructure for the next three years with people who will take this ahead,” the outgoing skipper said."I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters could come in & play with freedom & belief.I have given 120% to RCB every time, which is something I will now do as a player.”You have been an inspiration, role model and the torchbearer of RCB. #ThankYouCaptainKohli pic.twitter.com/tlC0uMH2iW— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021“I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL.”We fought till the end and never gave up but it just wasn’t our night. Thank you, 12th Man Army for all your support this season. We will be back next year with the same Challenger Spirit. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/55qcDByZnu— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021Also Read- T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, All Teams, Host, Time Table, Venue
Delhi Capitals will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier of the IPL 2021 on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals lost Qualifier 1 by a close fight against Chennai Super Kings for 4 wickets and now its time for them to seize another opportunity they are receiving since they finished at the top of the table. They were very competitive throughout Qualifier 1 and couldn't able to hold their nerves against one of the greatest finishers MS Dhoni. Will they reach the final for the second time in a row we need to wait and watch. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders stormed into second qualifier by defeating RCB in the Eliminator by 4 wickets in the final over of the match. Special thanks to Sunil Narine who picked up 4 wickets initially and later played a handy cameo with the bat. Their spinners are doing a commendable job in this tournament and hardly went for runs. Despite his poor run of form with the bat, Eoin Morgan led the team really well.Match Details: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Qualifier 2Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate &Time: October 13th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The ball is gripping and facing spinners will be a huge challenge for the batters on this surface. The wicket will slow down as the game progresses, even the score of 150 is a defendable score. Batting first is still a good option.Probable Playing XIs DC vs KKR:Delhi CapitalsPrithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Tom Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanKolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthyDC vs KKR Top Picks for DC vs KKR Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BattersPrithvi Shaw played some delightful shots in the last match against Chennai Super Kings and bought up his 4th half-century in this IPL. Overall, in 14 matches, he has notched 461 runs at an average of 32.92 with the highest score of 82. Shubman Gill looked good in the last game against RCB, he was undone by a slower one from Harshal Patel when he was on 29 runs. He is the 2nd leading run-scorer for Knight Riders in this edition with 381 runs in 15 matches.Top Picks – All-RoundersThe surface here at Sharjah will be ideal for Axar Patel as the ball is getting plenty of turn. He has scalped 15 wickets in 11 matches in this edition at an economy of 6.52 and even scored 36 runs with the bat. Sunil Narine deserved the player of the match award for his impeccable all-round performances against RCB in the Eliminator. He picked up 4 crucial wickets at an economy of 5.25 and later played a quickfire 26 runs from 15 balls.Top Picks – BowlersAnrich Nortje has been lethal with the ball and has troubled the batters in this IPL. In 7 matches so far, he has scalped 10 wickets at an impressive economy of 5.92. Varun Chakravarthy has been pretty consistent throughout this IPL. He hardly bowls a bad delivery and is one of the most trusted bowlers by skipper Eoin Morgan. He anticipates the batter’s move well which makes him one of the successful bowlers in this format of the game.Top Picks – WicketkeepersRishabh Pant is the first choice wicketkeeping option for your fantasy teams. His knock of 51* runs from 35 balls provided Delhi Capitals to put up a competitive score against CSK in Qualifier 1. Overall, in this edition, he has scored 413 runs at an average of 37.54.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for DC vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw (c), Shubman Gill, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine (vc), Axar Patel, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthySuggested Playing XI No.2 for DC vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Nitish Rana, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer (c), Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Varun ChakravarthyDC vs KKR Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Sunil Narine 14 wickets 60 runs 593 Varun Chakravarthy 16 wickets 584 Rishabh Pant 413 runs 724 Prithvi Shaw 461 runs 695 Shubhman Gill 381 runs 588 DC vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t fired in the 2nd leg of the IPL to the expectations. Considering his current form, he is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams. Even on the spin-friendly conditions, Lockie Ferguson picked up 2 wickets against RCB in the Eliminator. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Eoin Morgan has scored only 129 runs in 14 innings so far in this IPL at an average of 12.9. Hence, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, All Teams, Host, Time Table, Venue
MUMBAI: Young pacemaker Imran Malik says he would like to cross the speed of 155 km/h someday, but his main focus is on bowling in the right areas as he claimed his first pentathlon in the IPL.The 22-year-old put Jammu Sunrisers Hyderabad on the brink of winning by numbers 5/25 before Rahul Tewatiya and Rashid Khan smashed four sixes in the final as the Gujarat Titans won the match by five. shutter.Although his efforts were in vain, Imran was declared Man of the Match by one of the best bowlers in IPL history.Umran Malik with a casual 153 km/h yorker to send Wriddhiman Saha packing. Unreal. #GTvsSRH pic.twitter.com/dDhRGeO8mc— Mike Stopforth (@mikestopforth) April 27, 2022Malik said after the match on Wednesday night, “The idea was to throw fast, maintain length, and plan wickets. I took out Hardik Bhai with a goalkeeper and mixed (Wridyman) Saha and took him out with Yorker.”"I tried to mix up my bowling and focus on the wicket because it's a small ground. Otherwise, our bowling would have been fine."Asked if he still wanted to touch 155 km/h, he said: "I just want to throw in the right areas and in good terrain and if I have to do it above 155 mph, God willing, I will one day."Malik has been consistently running at over 150 kilometers per hour throughout the season, taking 15 wickets in eight games for an average of 15.93.Malik went into attack late on the eighth day, delivering devastating fast delivers through the Gujarat Titans' top rankings, becoming the first IPL footballer to take the first five wickets of innings.He smashed Shubman Gill's torso on his first wicket, before sending out Hardik Pandya with a combination of speed and jump.Next, he produced a perfect speed of 153 km/h to break a wicket and Redman Saha, before David Miller and Abinav Manohar each signed five wickets.Also, Read - Who is the new God of cricket after Sachin Tendulkar?
The story of Kuldeep Yadav's return is increasing day by day. He was only able to pick up five wickets in 14 games for the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019 and 2020 before setting off the bench for good in 2021. In the two games he's played against KKR this season, Kuldeep now has eight wickets in his bag alone. On Thursday night, he took 4/14 reserve 4/35 in the previous game.When he broke the KKR draw for the second time this season, he offered Team Delhi Capitals a comeback in the competition by restricting KKR to 146/9. His spell set up the game for a tense assortment of hits in the capitals to chase the target with six balls and four wickets to spare.The undefeated Ruffman Powell 16-ball 33 calmed nerves on the Capitals bench when David Warner knocked off 26-ball 42 and captain Rishabh Pant 2 for 84/5 on 12. The KKR's freefall under new captain Shreyas Iyer isn't over.Kuldeep publicly expressed the confidence Rishabh Pant put in him during the tournament. He delivered it back at Wankhede Stadium. After Mustafa Rahman, Chetan Sakarya, Aksar Patel, and Chardol Thakur choked each other out in a power game, Kuldeep claimed a share of IPL starters Baba Inderjit and Sunil Naren in the second and third balls. Spell to reduce KKR to 4/35.Kuldeep Yadav has picked up his fourth wicket and Andre Russell goes for a duck.Just as Iyer seemed to gain some momentum with his 42 for 37, Pant miraculously caught a shot from Kuldeep. The dangerous Kuldeep tricked Andre Russell three balls later and stopped him for a duck. The pitch looked double-paced and Coldip's bluff was too much for the KKR's hitting lineup, which was 83/6 on the 14th.Despite all the talk about Pant's faith in Kuldeep, he hasn't let Kuldeep complete his full quota of four sums. Perhaps the KKR had a window to break out, and Nitish Rana replaced Lalit Yadav with an 18 in 17 runs to add some momentum to the roles. Rana seemed to be the only stable thing in the chaotic KKR arena that cut and replaced their eleventh game in a big way. The team does not match the team that started within the tournament.With his calm head and clear vision, he threatened to inflict great damage on the people of the capital with 57 out of 34 balls. During his 34-ball 62 trade partnership with Rinku Singh on the seventh wicket, Rana was exposing the weak points of the capitals. Bowling of Death Mustafizur played his magic in the final, conceding just two runs and catching three wickets, finishing four overs at 3/18 numbers, and making sure KKR didn't get away with the game.Read More - Who is Richest Cricketers in the World | PITCHHIGH
Sunrises Hyderabad is all set to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next encounter at the Wankhede Stadium on 8th May. The Kane Williamson-led side has faced three straight defeats in a row and they will be looking to get their campaign back on track soon. The side is currently at the sixth position in the points table with five wins in ten games and they are likely to bring back T Natarajan into the playing XI for Kartik Tyagi.On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore finally managed to end their losing streak in the previous match against Chennai Super Kings. The team led by Pfaff de Plessis did not see the best of Virat Kohli this year, but a good showing of bowling ensured that they were still scoring points. With six wins from 11 games, RCB is currently fourth in the points table and likely to stay with the same XI from the previous game.Match DetailsVenue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.Date & Time: May 8, 3:30 PM IST and Local timePitch ReportThe match between RR and KKR at Wankhede Stadium was largely a hit-friendly field and the 153rd goal was comfortably followed by the KKR team. However, being a one-day game, the track might be a little better to hit and players will feel the heat. The leader who wins the toss will look to chase after him despite his difficulties on the court first.Possible XI to play in SRH vs. RCBSunrisers HyderabadAbhishek Sharma, Ken Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Puran (week), Shashank Singh, Sean Abbott, Shreyas Gopal, Bovneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan / Kartik Tyagi, Imran Malik.Royal Challengers BangalorePhafe de Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (the week), Mahipal Lomor, Anindo Hsaranga, Harshal Patel, Muhammad Siraj, Josh Hazelwood.The best possible outcomeHe might be the best hitter of the matchGlenn Maxwell:Glenn Maxwell has had a quiet season so far after starting strong and not unleashing his full potential in the championship this year. The multi-skilled Australian has scored 160 points in eight games so far this season and will look to add more to his tally in the next game. Maxwell was also regularly making ball forward, so he would be a vital gear in the lineup.Possible best bowler in the matchJosh Hazelwood:Josh Hazlewood has been undoubtedly the closest RCB has been this season and has been meticulous in his lengths and streaks on the new ball, as well as on his deaths. The right-hander came close to 1 for 19 in his four overtakes in the last game against CSK and that's the effect he can make for his team. He will look to continue his good form so far in the tournament.Today's match predictions: RCB will win the match.Also Read, - Virat Kohli: The King of Cricket | PICHHIGH
Hardik Pandya is a happy person. Without any leadership experience, he was named the captain of Gujarat Titans at the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Now, his team is the first to enter the IPL 2022 Qualifiers. They have cemented their place in the top four with two matches remaining. He scored nine wins and 18 points in 12 matches. Wins over LSG became even more endearing after GT suffered setbacks in their last two matches against Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians.After winning the LSG, Pandya revealed the message he sent to the GT team during the match against LSG, which they won by 62 runs.“Really proud of the guys. When we started this journey together it was clear that we had confidence in ourselves, but it was a huge effort before we qualified for Match 14 and we were very proud of the last match On me, I spoke to the people (loss to MI) as we thought the match was over before it was over,” Hardik Pandya said after the match."It was a lesson we learned. I think we have always been under pressure because of the number of matches we have won. The last match was the only match we were ahead of the match and we knew how we had K hitters and we were leaving." She ended. But that was not the case. It was a collective thing. Even in this match (against LSG) when they were both eight, I said, "Let's be tough. This game is beautiful. If it's over it's not over, it's not over." So let's make sure we get over it. If they're disappointed, let them go, do it, and rest after the match.He also talked about the return of GT despite losing the last two games. "I always think that when you lose a game like we played the last game in a group, the important thing is that we win the match as a team and play the match as a team. We lose. We didn't do what we were supposed to do and we know we messed it up a little bit, but we're going to screw it up as a team." One. We say as a team 'we won.' Of course, if we lose we say 'we lost' instead of saying: this man, that man. We laughed too. It is important to ensure that we always maintain the atmosphere."Pandya paid tribute to left-hander Sai Kishore, who made two bets for seven runs in his first match in IPL 2022.“Sai, I rated him very highly as a left-arm bowler. He is a very professional bowler. Because of his length and speed, he gets more wickets. Because of their fast bowling attack, I am not. We don't have to. I haven't. But looking at these wickets, we thought if we added a right-hand axle, it would make a big difference.GT may have posted a total of 144/4, but Pandya was always confident of victory. "The way he hit everyone, especially Shopman, I thought at 145 we were in the game. I think his bowling was too short. The extra length was helpful." So it was also a group chat. If you throw really far or go too far then only two pieces can score a goal, or cover the lead. The bowlers did everything they had to do and we adjusted all the mattresses. ,Also Read, Who is the Best Yorker King? | PITCHHIGH
After winning their previous match, the Punjab Kings (PBKS) will face a formidable opponent in the form of Delhi Capitals (DC) in their next group stage match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. This match will take place on May 16 (Dr. Monday) at De Academy Wai Patel Sports, Mumbai. Not just PBKS, DC is entering the competition after winning their previous match and wanting to continue their championship-winning streak.While the PBKS beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 54 points in their previous match, DC defeated the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by eight wickets and made sure to follow the final matches. Both PBKS and DC play some excellent cricket in corrections and like to perform consistently as the cycle comes to a close. It's a win-win match for both teams and the loss will more or less destroy their hopes of being in the top four.Match DetailsVenue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, MumbaiDate & Time: May 16, 7:30 PMPitch ReportThe DY Patil Sports Academy wicket website has something for batsmen and bowlers alike. The new ball moves a bit, but hitting becomes easier as the batters settle into the wicket. The captain who wins the toss will want to get into the field first considering the dew factor.Probable Playing XIs for PBKS vs DCPunjab KingsJonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep SinghDelhi CapitalsDavid Warner, Srikar Bharat/Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Lalit Yadav, Rovman Powell, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich NortjeToday IPL match predictions Probable Top PerformersProbably the best batter of the MatchJonny Bairstow:After suffering some poor performances, England's Jonny Bairstow returned to the level by scoring fifty minutes in a row. The right batsman has completely demolished RCB's bowling attack in the previous match and also wants to simulate his performance in the next match.Probably the best bowler of the MatchChetan Sakariya:Left-handed player Chetan Sakarya took two important stakes and ceded only 23 runs in his over-four stake against RR. The 24-year-old has the ability to create a huge swing with the new ball and will be looking to capture some crucial wickets for his team in the upcoming showdown.Result Today IPL match predictions: Delhi Capitals will win the matchAlso, Read - Who is the Baap of IPL?
The Mumbai Indians will face the Sun-Racers Hyderabad in their next match at Wankhede Stadium. The team led by Rohit Sharma secured a comfortable victory despite a setback in their pursuit in their previous match against Chennai Super Kings. With only three wins from 12 matches, the Mumbai Indians did not rejoice and wanted to start the season with a win.On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad fell after making a good start and losing their last five matches in a row. The team led by Ken Williamson also has a negative running rate, so they will need to win the remaining two games by a large margin, and other results are expected to follow their path.Match DetailsVenue: Wankhede Stadium, MumbaiDate & Time: May 17, 7:30 PMPitch ReportWankhede Stadium has been a low-goal stadium in recent matches and the Mumbai Indians will feel confident after bowling the field in their last match. The leader who wins the lottery will try to hit first and get close to 150 points, which may be a win given the pressure on the scoreboard.Probable Playing XIs for MI vs SRHMumbai IndiansRohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs, Ramandeep Singh, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley MeredithSunrisers HyderabadAbhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran MalikProbable Top PerformersPossibly the best hitter of the matchTilak Varma:Tilak Verma has played some high-quality tournament entries in his first season and he is undoubtedly one of the most exciting prospects for Indians in Mumbai. The left-hander has scored 368 points in 12 games so far this season and played 34 unbeaten shots versus 32 from a decisive position in the previous match against CSK.He might be the best player in the gameJaspreet Bumrah:Jasprit Bumrah was excellent at the new ball for the Mumbai Indians in the previous match and finished on 1/12 of his three with his first match. The right arm rhythm created good momentum and he was ready to move the ball in both directions. He has definitely found the rhythm and will also be a key figure in the next match.Today's match prediction: Mumbai Indians to win the match
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) champions will face the new Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) team in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) group stage match which will be held at Dr. D.Y. Patel Sports Academy in Mumbai. May 18 (Wednesday). While the Men in Purple team won their previous match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the newcomers lost their previous match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).Speaking of their standings on the points table, LSG is currently third on the points table with eight wins in 13 games. Meanwhile, KKR has run a hot and cold tournament so far and sits sixth in the points table with six wins from 13 games.Match DetailsVenue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai.Date & Time: May 18, 7:30 PM ISTPitch ReportDr. D.Y. Patel's academy wicket helped slow bowlers and hitting wasn't easy, especially after the restrictions on the court. The new ball hits the racket really well. However, the scoring wasn't easy once the ball loosened. The leader who wins the toss can look at the racket first and post a competitive total on the board and defend it later.Probable Playing XIs for KKR vs LSGKolkata Knight RidersVenkatesh Iyer, Baba Indrajith, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy.Lucknow Super KingsQuinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan.Today’s match prediction: LSG to win the match.Also, Read - Who is the Baap of IPL?
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will face the Gujarat Titans in their next match at Wankhede Stadium. The team led by Vav de Plessis lost in their previous match against the Kings of Punjab and this affected their net run rate as well. With seven wins from 13 games, one win may not be enough for the RCB team and their fate is still in their hands with other outcomes impacting the stage.On the other hand, the Gujarat Titans have been the losing team in the tournament so far and have already qualified for the playoffs with 10 wins from 13 matches. However, with the playoffs looming, the team led by Hardik Pandya will also be looking to continue its winning streak. Redhaman Saha's form gave the team a boost after the attacking attack in the last match.Match DetailsVenue: Wankhede StadiumDate & Time: May 19, 7:30 PMPitch reportWhile most matches at Wankhede Stadium this year have been fairly low-key, the match between MI and SRH at the stadium showed that there was still plenty for the batsmen to do. It will be necessary to take advantage of the powerplay and the leader who wins the draw will have no problem hitting first.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs GTRoyal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh HazlewoodGujarat TitansWriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade/Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal/Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed ShamiProbable Top PerformersThe probable best batter of the MatchShubman Gill:Shubman Gill has played a key role in the number one Gujarat Titans all season and is sixth in the Orange Cap career with 402 times in 13 games. He scored some tough kicks for the team and will be looking to play in the playoffs with good roles that can act as a confidence booster.Probably the best bowler of the MatchMohammed Shami:Muhammad Al Shami was one of the top bowlers of the tournament and he played exceptionally well in the previous match against Chennai Super Kings. The right-arm pacing was excellent on the new ball and ended with an exceptional delivery to take out in-star batsman Devon Conway after playing 2 to 19 in the previous game.Today’s match prediction: Gujarat Titans to win the match
Defending champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face the mighty Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their final group stage match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. At the same time, RR defeated newcomers Lucknow to reach the playoffs. The Super Giants (LSG) lost their last match against the Yellow Army Gujarat Titans (GT) in their previous match.The match between RR and CSK will take place on 20 May (Friday) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. While members of the royal family will get a boost with the inclusion of their superstar striker Shimron Heitmer, CSK may also be looking to make some changes to their squad as this is their last game of the IPL 2022.Match DetailsVenue: Brabourne Stadium, MumbaiDate & Time: May 20, 7:30 PMPitch ReportThe wicket at Brabourne Stadium has provided some equal contest between bat and bowl. While the new ball swings a touch, batters can play through the line once they get set. Skipper winning the toss might like to chase, considering the dew might play a role later in the evening.Probable Playing XIs for RR vs CSKRajasthan RoyalsYashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Obed McCoyChennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Mitchell Santner/Mahesh Theekshana, Prashant Solanki, Simarjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Mukesh ChoudharyToday’s match prediction: Chasing team to win the match.Also, Read -Who Is God of IPL?