Apr 30: Gujarat Titans vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 43rd Match, Brabourne Stadium
Safe XI: Dinesh Karthik, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Faf du Plessis (vice-capt), Shubman Gill, Glenn Maxwell, Hardik Pandya (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Rashid Khan
The new skipper has adapted to the role very well by taking his side to the top of the points table as well as top-scoring for his team with 305 runs in seven games at an average of 61. He has been terrific against pacers this season, scoring 190 runs at a strike rate of 147.28 with three dismissals and is unlikely to succumb to the strong Royal Challengers pace attack.
Although du Plessis is yet to hit the consistency level of the last year, he is the leading run-scorer for Royal Challengers this season with 278 runs in nine outings at an average of 30.88. Against Lockie Ferguson and Mohammed Shami, he has scored 133 runs in the IPL, at a strike rate of 190 with just two dismissals.
Josh Hazlewood: One of the best all-format bowlers in the world right now, Hazlewood’s performance for Royal Challengers this season has been breathtaking. He has taken ten wickets in five outings at an average of 13.60 (best in the league) and a strike rate of 11.4.
Wriddhiman Saha: Saha loves opening the batting in the IPL, which was on show in the last game where he scored a terrific 38-ball 68. Since 2020 as an opener, he has scored 407 runs in the IPL at an average of 33.91.
High-risk XI: Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya, Glenn Maxwell (capt), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood (vice-capt), Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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