Match: Rajasthan vs Bangalore (RAJ vs BLR, Match #13)
Date: April 5, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Rajasthan and Bangalore will face off each other in the 13th match of the Indian T20 league which will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Both teams are coming into this game after winning their respective previous games.
Rajasthan are sitting right at the top of the points table after winning both their first two games. They beat Hyderabad in their season opener by 61 runs, and Mumbai by 23 runs in the second game. Jos Buttler scored a fine century against Mumbai to help Rajasthan post 193 runs in the first innings. Later, a combined bowling effort helped the side successfully defend the target. Five out of the six bowlers picked up at least one wicket.
Bangalore, on the other hand, are seventh in the table after winning one of their two games. They lost their first game to Punjab by five wickets, but won the second one against Kolkata by three wickets. After restricting Kolkata a first innings target of 128, Bangalore, helped by Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthik’s cameos, went over the line in 19.2 overs. It can be noted that despite winning the game, Bangalore’s performance with the bat was abysmal.
Ahead of Indian T20 league match 13, let’s look at the head to head total of both teams, the pitch report, weather update, MPL top picks and more.
RAJ vs BLR, Match 13, Weather Update & Pitch Report
The surface at the Wankhede Stadium is largely batting friendly and also provides great assistance to the fast bowlers. The shorter boundary here makes it easy to hit boundaries. The average first innings score here in T20s is 170, while the team batting first has a win percentage of 52.1%.
The weather in Mumbai will be hot and sultry. The temperature during the match will be around 32 degree Celsius.
RAJ vs BLR Injury News and Predicted XI
Rajasthan Team news – There is no injury update from the Rajasthan camp. They are likely to field the same XI as in the previous game.
Predicted XI – Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
Bangalore Team news – Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff will continue to be unavailable for this game as well.
Predicted XI – Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, DInesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammad Siraj
RAJ vs BLR Head to head record
Rajasthan and Bangalore have met 25 times in the Indian T20 League. Bangalore have pocketed 12 wins while Rajasthan have 10 wins. Three matches ended in no result
Total games – 25
Bangalore – 12
Rajasthan – 10
No result – 3
Last five games – Bangalore have won all of their last five games against Rajasthan.
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RAJ vs BLR: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 13 (Five players to watch out for)
Top Fantasy Picks for RAJ vs BLR
Faf du Plessis – Batsman, Bangalore
Faf du Plessis scored a fine knock of 88 in the first game, but managed only five runs in the next game against Kolkata. One of the finest T20 batsmen around, the South African will be looking to be back among runs in the next game. Plessis has been in good form over the last three seasons, and also crossed the milestone of 3000 Indian T20 League runs in the first game. In all, the big hitting batsman has 7233 runs in 262 T20 innings at an average and strike rate of 31.31 and 130. Plessis is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy.
Harshal Patel – Bowler, Bangalore
Harshal Patel was the highest wicket-taker of Indian T20 League 2021 and will be one of the key players for Bangalore this season. The pacer put up a match-winning performance against Kolkata, picking two wickets for just 11 runs in his four overs. He has 152 wickets in 126 T20s.
Wanindu Hasaranga – All-rounder, Bangalore
Wanindu Hasaranga is another great pick for your MPL team. The Sri Lankan is currently one of the best T20I all-rounders in the world. He was the architect of Bangalore’s win over Kolkata, picking four wickets for 20 runs and was also named the Player of the Match.
Jos Buttler – Wicketkeeper batter, Rajasthan
Jos Buttler became the first centurion of Indian T20 league 2022 in his most recent outing against Mumbai. Buttler is one of the best white-ball players around who averages nearly 33 in his T20 career along with a strike rate of 143.95.
Sanju Samson – Wicketkeeper batter, Rajasthan
The Rajasthan captain is a good choice for your MPL team’s vice captaincy. He has been one of the leading run-getters for his side over the last couple of years and has 85 runs in two games of this season, which includes a half-century.
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