It is the Indian Premier League 2023’s 70th and final league game. The hosts, Royal Challengers Bangalore, will look to secure a playoff spot by defeating the table-toppers, Gujarat Giants. RCB arrive here after a convincing win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and their batsmen are in fine form. With their win over SRH, the Titans advanced to the next round and will look to build momentum ahead of the playoffs.
This season, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have batted well and have an excellent Top-3. The middle and lower middle orders, on the other hand, have been inconsistent, causing problems for the side. The Gujarat Titans’ batsmen and bowlers are in good form, and they will be under less pressure in this game. Given the stakes for RCB, we anticipate a close race.
The 70th Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans will take place on May 21st, 2023 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Match Details to Note
Match: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans, 70th Match, Indian Premier League 2023
Date: May 21, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Faf du Plessis’ team is in a good position after two big wins. Their batsmen were clinical in their last game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where they chased down a big score and won by 8 wickets. Du Plessis would like to see a determined effort from his players as they take on the table toppers and book a berth in the playoffs.
Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli have scored over 1200 runs this season, including a 172-run stand in the previous game. At the top, the pair must deliver a strong performance. They want Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, and Mahipal Lomror to perform well in the middle order. Anuj Rawat, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Kedar Yadav add firepower to the batting lineup and will be looking to perform well.
The team’s weakness is its bowling attack, and they will need a strong opening spell from Mohammad Siraj and Wayne Parnell, their two best bowlers this season. In the middle overs, Bracewell and Shahbaz Ahmed must bowl tight spells. As the Titans’ batting line-up is strong, the team would also like to see a strong performance from Harshal Patel and Karn Sharma in supporting roles.
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Michael Bracewell, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav
Players to watch out for:
Faf du Plessis
The 38-year-old has been in superb form this year, scoring over 9300 T20 runs. He has hit half-centuries in all three of his recent matches.
The IPL’s leading run scorer joined Chris Gayle with six IPL centuries when he hit 100 runs off 63 balls in the final game.
This season, the right-arm pace bowler has been very effective in the powerplays, taking 17 wickets.
Possible Playing XI:
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Michael Bracewell, Wayne Parnell, Harshal Patel, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Kedar Yadav (Impact Player)
Hardik Pandya’s team has advanced to the playoffs. They defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs in their last game, securing the top spot on the points table. Pandya hopes to capitalize on this opportunity to gain momentum ahead of the playoffs. The Royal Challengers’ top order has been murderous, so he will need a strong performance from his bowlers.
Shubman Gill scored a century in the previous game and will look to build on that with his in-form partner Wriddhiman Saha. The middle order has performed admirably, and the team anticipates runs from Pandya, Sai Sudarshan, and David Miller. Rahul Tewatia, Dasun Shanaka, and Rashid Khan form a formidable batting line-up that will look to exploit the RCB bowling attack’s weakness.
Mohammad Shami has been in excellent form, taking four wickets in the most recent game. He’ll try to strike early with Yash Dayal and put the team in command. Rashid Khan has troubled batsmen in the past, and he hopes to do so again in the middle overs with Mohit Sharma. Rahut Tewatia and Noor Ahmed must perform admirably in supporting roles.
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma
Players to watch out for:
The opening batter has had a fantastic 2023 season at both the international and IPL levels. In his last three innings, he has scored 94 and 101 runs.
The Afghanistan spinner is tied for the tournament’s most wickets. Even on pitches where other spinners struggle, he is able to limit runs and strike out top batters.
In the previous game, the right-arm international took four of the top five wickets. His accuracy and ability to move the ball are both impressive.
Possible Playing XI:
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Dasun Shanaka, Rahul Tewatia, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Yash Dayal (Impact Player)
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Batsmen Worth Watching
With the bat, we recommend Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell for Royal Challengers Bangalore. This IPL season, Maxwell has scored 389 runs, including 30 sixes. On Thursday evening, Kohli hit 16 boundaries in his century.
We believe Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, and David Miller are the best batting options for the Gujarat Titans. Sudharsan hit 47 in the previous game and has also hit 62 not out and 53 in this year’s tournament. This season, Miller has hit 41.50 home runs on average.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Bowlers Worth Watching
Our bowling options for Royal Challengers Bangalore are Mohammed Siraj, Michael Bracewell, and Harshal Patel. In the previous game, Bracewell took two wickets in an over against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Harshal Patel is a reliable wicket-taker at this level.
Our Gujarat Titans bowling recommendations are Mohammad Shami, Rashid Khan, and Mohit Sharma. Mohit has taken four wickets in two of his last three tournament matches. Rashid has 11 four-wicket hauls and four five-wicket hauls to his name in his career.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season, and only the third overall. Both teams have one win over the other.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Head to Head Stats in IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Toss Prediction
The team that bats first has won the last four games. At the end of the season, the wicket has slowed significantly, making chasing scores more difficult. Captains may decide to bat first as a result of this.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Pitch Report
Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru is one of the best T20 venues in the world, thanks to its calm pitch, fast outfield, and shorter boundaries. We’ve seen several high-scoring games at this venue, and batsmen enjoy playing on this surface with little support for bowlers.
On May 21, there is a chance of light rain in Bengaluru. So far, the pitch has aided the bowlers in an uncharacteristic manner in the last few games. The next game will most likely be the same, and a score of 180 runs or higher would be acceptable on this surface.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore will know what they need to do in this game now that all of the other teams have played their final group stage games. However, facing the most successful and consistent side in the IPL over the last two seasons will not be easy. We expect a close game, with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s top order batters producing the runs that will propel their team to victory. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Royal Challengers Bangalore is the favourite to beat Gujarat Titans at the odds of 1.85.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Titans Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Faf du Plessis is the tournament’s leading run scorer, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is our pick to be their highest run scorer in this match.