Bangalore are currently in fifth place with 14 points from 13 games. Delhi also have similar numbers but have a much better net run rate. RCB’s qualification chances suffered a major jolt when they went down to the Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 54 runs in their last match. Their bowling was taken to the task as Josh Hazlewood went for 64 in his four overs while Mohammed Siraj conceded 36 in two. Wanindu Hasaranga though stood out amid the carnage, registering figures of 2 for 15 while Harshal Patel finished with 4 for 34.
Their batting crumbled under the pressure of a big score. Glenn Maxwell’s 35 was the top score while Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar contributed 20s. The batting will need to fire and big time at that if RCB are to stay in the hunt. Skipper Faf du Plessis will have to lead from the front.
RCB predicted XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
GT were absolutely top class in their last match against CSK. Mohammed Shami (2/19) starred with the ball again as CSK’s under-confident batting was reduced to 133 for 5. Wriddhiman Saha then guided the chase with a calm 67 not out. Runs for Hardik Pandya and Matthew Wade is what GT need now, heading into the playoffs.
GT predicted XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Sham
Top fantasy picks for RCB vs GT clash: Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Wanindu Hasaranga, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami
–Renin Wilben Albert