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Indian T20 League 2023, match 32: BLR vs RAJ Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Bangalore vs Rajasthan

Date: April 23, Sunday, 3.30 PM IST

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium – Bangalore

Bangalore and Rajasthan will go head to head in the 32nd game of Indian T20 League 2023 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday at 3.30 PM IST. This will be the first double header of the day.

Bangalore’s journey so far in this season of the Indian t20 League has been topsy turvy. They come into this game on the back of a win over Punjab. Batting first, Bangalore scored 174 runs for the loss of four wickets on the back of half centuries from Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli. This was followed by a brilliant bowling spell by Mohammed Siraj to help Bangalore win the game.

Rajasthan, on the other hand, have so far been the team to beat this season and are also the table toppers. But they come into this game on the back of a loss to Lucknow. Batting first, Lucknow posted a total of 154 runs in 20 overs with help of a half century from Kyle Mayers. In reply, Rajasthan were able to score just 144 as none of the other batsmen except openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler could get going.

Ahead of the game between Bangalore and Rajasthan, check out the weather, pitch report and top players to pick on the MPL app.

Weather update and pitch report

The match will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which is a batsman’s paradise. The average first innings total here is 170. But the spinners will also be crucial in the middle overs. Anything close to 200 will be a competitive target at this venue.

The weather in Bangalore will be hot and sunny during the afternoon game. Rain is not forecast.

Bangalore team news and predicted XI

Team news: According to reports, Josh Hazlewood has still not completely recovered from an injury that he is nursing, and is likely to remain out of action for another one week.

Full squad – Faf Du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahemad, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, David Willey, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav, Micheal Bracewell

Predicted XI: F Plessis (c), V Kohli, S Prabhudessai, M Lomror, G Maxwell, W Hasaranga, S Ahmed, D Karthik (wk), R Topley, H Patel, M Siraj

Rajasthan team news and predicted XI

Team news: Rajasthan do not have any injury concerns.

Full squad – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Jurel, Sandeep Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, Donavon Ferreira, Kunal Singh Rathore, Abdul Basith, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, Obed McCoy, KC Cariappa, Akash Vasisht, Adam Zampa, Joe Root

Predicted XI: J Buttler, Y Jaiswal, S Samson (c & wk), D Padikkal, S Hetmyer, D Jurel, R Ashwin, J Holder, T Boult, S Sharma, Y Chahal

BLR vs RAJ: Head to head record

Bangalore and Rajasthan have faced each other on 29 occasions, of which Bangalore have won 15 games while Rajasthan have won 14 matches.

BLR vs RAJ: Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players to watch out for in the game

Jos Buttler – Rajasthan

He was the Orange Cap winner last season when he scored 863 runs from 17 innings, and he has been in fine form this season as well. Buttler is currently the leading run scorer for Rajasthan with 244 runs in six games at an average of 40.66 and a strike rate of 146.98. Buttler has overall played 83 matches in the Indian T20 League, from which he has 2885 runs at an average of 40.07 and a strike rate of 150.81.

Faf du Plessis – Bangalore

The Bangalore skipper is the leading run scorer for his team with 343 runs in six games at an average of 68.6 and a strike rate of 166.5. The opening batsman has been brilliant in his last few outings – he scored an unbeaten 79 against Lucknow, 62 against Chennai and 87 against Punjab. All of his knocks have come at a good strike rate.

Virat Kohli – Bangalore

Virat Kohli’s return to form has been a huge boost for Bangalore this season. Kohli has scored 279 runs in six games at an average of 55.8 and a strike rate of 142.34.

Glenn Maxwell – Bangalore

Maxwell has batted at a brilliant strike rate so far. He has scored 176 runs in six games at an average of 35.2 and a strike rate of 195.55. He has scored two half centuries in his last four outings. Maxwell has overall played 383 t20 matches from which he has a strike rate of over 151.

Yuzvendra Chahal – Rajasthan

Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker for Rajasthan this season with 11 wickets in six games at an average of 18, an economy of 8.25, and a strike rate of 13. He brings with him plenty of experience in both ipl as well as international cricket.

MPL XI

BLR vs RAJ – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Bangalore vs Rajasthan match will be televised on the Star Sports Network. You can also watch the live streaming of the game on the Jio cinema app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on April 23.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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