IPL 2022: Royal Challengers Bangalore aim to halt Jos Buttler's onslaught against Rajasthan Royals
- RCB will be facing RR after a massive nine-wicket loss to SRH
- RR have won two consecutive matches and are in form this season
- RCB will be wary of Jos Buttler who has been in imperious form
When Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday, they will be looking to halt the Jos Buttler juggernaut. Virat Kohli will be scrutinized as well, following his second consecutive first-ball duck in the competition.
RCB will be aiming for their star batter to be back among the runs, as well as a much improved performance by the batting unit after a poor showing in the previous game.
While the Challengers are coming off a demoralizing nine-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan have two consecutive wins and are one of the season's in-form teams. While the spotlight will be on Kohli, RCB also has power-hitters in skipper Faf Du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, and Shahbaaz Ahmed who can be lethal on their day, and if they fire in sync, the RR attack will have a difficult time. Du Plessis, his team's leading run-scorer, has gone hot and cold with the willow but remains an important cog in the machine.
Karthik, too, is playing the finisher's position to near perfection with his hitting talents. They will face Rajasthan's varied attack, led by Trent Boult, who has previously challenged Kohli with his delivery. Prasidh Krishna, as well as the spin pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal, can cause issues for the RCB batsmen. Chahal, who has 18 wickets thus far, has the ability to turn the game on its head. The same can be said for Ashwin, who can be the opposition's nemesis on his day. Add to that Obed McCoy's four overs, and Rajasthan has a solid attack. Rajasthan opener Jos Buttler has been in spectacular form this season, having already scored three hundreds.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal and captain Sanju Samson have also been experimenting with opposition assaults and are among the runners. Shimon Hetymar, with his savage attack, is also a threat to the bowling team. RR will be hoping that the top order delivers once more at the MCA Stadium, which has seen high-scoring games in the past.
Karun Nair and Riyan Parag are the weak links in Rajasthan's batting, and the duo will need to come up and produce.
Harshal Patel is the strongest death bowler for RCB, but he will need help from Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood. The four overs bowled by Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who has eleven wickets, could also determine the outcome of the match.