We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Bangalore vs Rajasthan Match
The average first and second innings scores at Pune read 177 and 163 respectively. Three of six matches have been won by the chasing team.
While the highest score chased is 170, the lowest score registered is 149. The numbers suggest that it has been a reasonable wicket to bat on.
Probable Playing XIs for Bangalore vs Rajasthan Match
Probable XI for Bangalore: Faf du Plessis* (c), Anuj Rawat/Mahipal Lomror, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell*, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga*, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood*, Mohammed Siraj
Probable XI for Rajasthan: Jos Buttler*, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer*, Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult*, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy*, Yuzvendra Chahal
Power Players for Bangalore vs Rajasthan Match
Jos Buttler’s current form cannot be glorified in mere words. He has scored three hundreds in seven games – two of which came in the last two matches. In other four contests, he has scores of 35, 70*, 13, and 54. Note that the unbeaten 70 came against Bangalore earlier in the competition. For all the right reasons and outstanding stats, Buttler will be the most picked captain in fantasy cricket.
Dinesh Karthik won the Player of the Match award when these teams met earlier in this season. He scored 44 off 23, lifting Bangalore from 87 for 5 to a successful chase of 173 for 6. The interesting fact is that he has been dismissed only twice in 8 games.
With 18 wickets in 7 matches, Yuzvendra Chahal is the highest wicket-taker of the season. At Pune, he has managed 3 for 22. The key to his success has been the ability to toss the ball up even at a crucial juncture.
Smart Picks for Bangalore vs Rajasthan Match
Faf du Plessis has gone either big or nothing. His highest scores are 88 and 96, and in the remaining six matches, he has managed only 42 runs.
Sanju Samson’s highest score of the season – 55 against Hyderabad – came at the very venue. Although he has not scored big consistently, he has been doing his job of scaling up the run rate rather well. His performance may get compromised in the process, but a total of 201 runs at 34 is fair for his particular brand of cricket.
Shimron Hetmyer walks in, attacks, and makes the fantasy cricket fans happy. Remaining unbeaten in four of six innings has shot up his average to 75.
Devdutt Padikkal has converted his four of six starts into an effective innings. He has three scores in excess of 30 runs – one of which came at Pune.
Shahbaz Ahmed has been gaining popularity in fantasy sports. He has only one single-digit score in six innings, and bulk of his runs have come when his team was in trouble. Overall, he has managed 178 runs with an impressive strike rate of 139.
Wanindu Hasaranga’s 11 wickets are the most for his team, despite being underused in the last two games. The relatively bigger boundaries in Pune is likely to keep him interested.
Harshal Patel has not been able to put up an encore of his 2021 performance and yet has been a smart pick for fantasy players. The strike bowler has grabbed 9 wickets in 7 games.
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Bangalore vs Rajasthan Match Preview
Bangalore won the previous encounter against Rajasthan by 4 wickets earlier this season, thanks to the match-winning partnership between Karthik and Shahbaz. On the points table, however, Rajasthan are at No.3, that is, two places ahead of Bangalore.
To put things into perspective, both teams have been fighting tooth and nail, and more importantly, producing edge-of-the-seat thrillers.
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Time: April 26, 7:30 PM IST