Match 13 - RAJ vs BAN Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Ind T20 League
Match 13: RAJ vs. BAN
Rajasthan are on a roll and are sitting at the top of the points table. Bangalore on the other hand, had a slow start but defeated Kolkata in the previous match to win their first match of the season. Against the mighty Royals, the men in red will not find enough room to dictate the pace of the pace and that is exactly where their big boys need to step up. Faf Du Plessis and Virat Kohli play a huge role in this team and whenever these two fail, the team comes under a lot of pressure. Dinesh Karthik has done really well in the previous two matches but there’s still a lot to show and lot to prove.
When you talk about Rajasthan, you can’t really tell whether batting or bowling is their strength. When all the other teams are suffering by batting first, Rajasthan is winning games pretty comfortably. Jos Buttler scored a hundred in the previous match and almost every player in their team is in form and there’s no such area that they need to improve. If all their players play their natural cricket, Rajasthan are by far the strongest team of this year’s Indian T20 League and to stop them, the bowlers of the Bangalore team need to dismiss Jos Buttler and then put a lot of pressure on their middle order. Swing can cause a bit of trouble and thus Mohammed Siraj needs to start well. Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant in the last match and he will have the same role of destroying the middle order of Rajasthan in order to stop their force.
The problem however is that players like Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson plays the spin well. If the pacers fail to dismiss these two early, a lot of pressure will be on Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmad. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna have already proved to be fatal with the new ball in hand and without a doubt, Faf Du Plessis and Anuj Rawat will be under pressure. Virat, who isn’t a good player of left arm swing, will also be under pressure against Trent Boult. Yuzi Chahal will also have a point to prove. In short, Rajasthan looks really dangerous and will be the favourites to win the match.
Match: RAJ vs. BAN, 13th Match, Indian T20 League 2022
Date: Monday, April 05, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Normally, teams batting second are winning matches in this year’s tournament but you can’t associate Rajasthan in that group. However, they would like to bowl first as well if they win the toss. The pitch will not change but dew will play a role.
RAJ vs. BAN Squads
RAJ: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
BAN: Faf du Plessis(c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama V Milind, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Luvnith Sisodia, Aneeshwar Gautam
RAJ vs. BAN Probable Playing XIs
RAJ: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna
BAN: Faf du Plessis(c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Like said, Rajasthan are the favourites to win the match but how can you count Bangalore and King Kohli out? Once he gets going, you can’t stop him and the same goes with Faf. So, even though Rajasthan will start as the favourites, Bangalore can cause some damage.
Top Fantasy Picks
Jos Buttler is in superb touch. After scoring a beautiful century in the previous match, he will be full of confidence and it will be very tough for Bangalore if they don’t dismiss him early. He is a kind of cricketer, who can change the shape of the match within an over.
Faf Du Plessis is a very important member of the Bangalore family. With Virat Kohli out of form, the South African needs to step up and get the job done. He has done well in the previous two matches and that’s what makes him a top fantasy pick.
Prasidh Krishna has been brilliant in short. He is taking wickets with the new ball and his pace is helping him choke the batters. If he keeps on playing this good, Krishna will soon feature in all the three formats of the game.
Wanindu Hasaranga managed to stop Kolkata in the previous match and he will have the same responsibility again. He just needs to score some runs and be a bit consistent in order to help Bangalore be a bit more consistent.
Risky Captaincy Choice
Trent Boult is a perfect fit for this category. He is in good form and not a lot of users will give him the baton. Take the risk and make him your captain and who knows, maybe you can take all the money home.
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