The sixth match of the TATA IPL 2022 will see the clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Royal Challengers Bangalore played their last game against Punjab Kings where Punjab Kings beat them by 5 wickets. Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli smashed 88 runs and 41 runs respectively for Royal Challengers Bangalore in that game.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders played their last game against Chennai Super Kings where they won the game by 6 wickets. Ajinkya Rahane scored 44 runs while Umesh Yadav took 2 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in that game.
The two sides have met a total of 30 times in the IPL before, where Royal Challengers Bangalore won 13 games while Kolkata Knight Riders won the remaining games. So just ahead of this high octane clash let’s have a look at the top picks that could prove to be the game changers in this match.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis showed his worth in the previous game, scoring his maiden 88 leading the franchise. He started the innings at a slow pace but finished it at a high strike rate of 154.39 A brilliant player of both pace and spin, du Plessis will likely be used in a similar role once again. He remained one of the highest scorers in the last edition with 633 Runs in 16 games. With a brilliant headstart to his IPL campaign, he can make a significant impact once again on the same pitch.
Well if we are considering the top picks, King Kohli certainly can’t be left behind. He smashed 44 unbeaten in the last match and will be hoping to capitalize on the start in this match. He scored 405 in 15 matches in the last edition. So far, against Kolkata, Virat Kohli has racked up 774 runs in 29 games at a strike rate of 129.
Shreyas Iyer had a decent start to his stint with KKR, anchoring a chase and leading his side to their first win. Iyer is a brilliant player of spin and has been in a splendid form of late. Though his campaign with Delhi Capitals took a halt due to his injury, he has a lot to prove with the willow this year. He boasts a good record against RCB, wherein 11 innings he has scored 291 runs at an average of 26.45.
Andre Russell is another threat to RCB. His knock in the 2019 edition was memorable as he bamboozled the RCB bowlers by hitting 50+ in the last three overs. He has scored 370 Runs in the past 12 innings against RCB at an average of 46.25. Russell is one of the best all-rounders in the competition, with his ability to hit big sixes being second to none. With Russell being due for a big performance, he is one to watch out for in this game. With the pitch assistive of spinners, he could bag a scalp or two as well.
RCB vs KKR Probable Playing 11
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Squad for RCB vs KKR, Match 6
Batters and WKs: Faf du Plessis, Suyash Prabhudessai, Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat (WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Finn Allen (WK), Luvnith Sisodia (WK)
All-rounders: Aneeshwar Gautam, David Willey, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford & Wanindu Hasaranga
Bowlers: Akash Deep, Chama Milind, Harshal Patel, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, Siddharth Kaul & Karn Sharma
Batters and WKs: Abhijeet Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Baba Indrajith (WK), Sam Billings (WK) & Sheldon Jackson (WK)
All-rounders: Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Ashok Sharma, Rasikh Salam Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine & Varun Chakravarthy
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