Rajasthan Royals (RR) drubbed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 29 runs, putting them at the top of the table. Two lesser known faces of RR played a significant role in the team’s victory.
Riyan Parag’s scintillating knock of 56 in 31 deliveries helped the team to amass 144 runs, and then Kuldeep Sen’s fascinating bowling never allowed RCB batters to spend much time on the wicket. He took 4 wickets, conceding just 20 runs. The nightmare of RCB batters continues. The coming matches will be full of challenges for RCB.
Two in-form team set to clash tonight
Two teams with supreme form, Gujarat Titans (GT) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), will clash in tonight’s encounter at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. In their 7 encounters, GT and SRH have won six and five matches, respectively.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have surprised all with their tremendous bounce back, like wounded tigers after the loss of their first two matches, winning their five consecutive encounters with ease. SRH chased down all the targets without any hue and cry.
Titans have a strong bowling unit; the experience of Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, and Hardik Pandya is enough to topple any batting side. SRH are not behind the emerging pace sensation Umran Malik, who, along with Marko Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and T Natarajan, is a potent attack for any batting line up. In today’s clash, bowling units from both sides battle to establish their supremacy.
Titans only setback has come against Hyderabad. They would like to take revenge of their previous loss and move to the top spot in the points table with 14 points. SRH must be eager to continue their winning streak and be looking to win their sixth match in a row. It is needless to add that tonight’s encounter is the mother of all encounters in IPL 2022.
Toss to play a crucial role
Toss is vital for any team. The winning captain is expected to bat first, as in the last five matches; the team batting first has been able to defend a score at the venue.
The average score in the first innings at Wankhede was 149 in the opening four matches. The trend gradually changed, and it’s now increased to 186 in the next five fixtures. SRH have made the fewest changes to their playing eleven in IPL 2022, just three in seven matches.
Hardik Pandya and Kane Williamson, both captains, will step down on the ground with novel ideas on how to cope with the tense situation and keep their nerves in the match
A see-saw battle is expected. GT and SRH are the most consistent sides in the tournament. Cricket fans hope to witness a nail-biting finish in tonight’s encounter.