IPL 2022 LIVE, RCB vs CSK: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in match 49 of the TATA IPL at MCA Stadium, Pune on Wednesday, May 4. RCB needs a quick fix after losing three on a trot. Meanwhile, CSK are still alive after winning the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

RCB went down to Gujarat Titans (GT) in the last game but came out with many positives. Virat Kohli finally broke the duck with a nifty half-century. The knock should give the ex-RCB skipper the much-needed confidence to kick start the second half of IPL 2022. After Kohli started opening, the number 3 slot was a matter of concern but Rajat Patidar has owned it for now. The 28-year-old played an impactful 32-ball 52 and gave great support to Kohli. RCB however, need to solve their powerplay woes with the ball. They have the worst record this season having taken only 9 wickets in the first six overs.

Suddenly all things fell in place for CSK as MS Dhoni returned to lead the side. Ruturaj Gaikwad finally romped back to form with a splendid 99 of 57 balls. Meanwhile, the incoming Devon Conway anchored the innings with a sublime 55-ball 85*. The opening duo added 182 for the 1st wicket, the highest opening wicket partnership this season. Mukesh Choudhary’s stocks have risen game after game in the TATA IPL. The 25-year-old was very expensive at the start of the season but has redeemed himself. Choudhary was the pick of the bowlers in CSK’s 13 win over SRH with figures of 4/46.

RCB vs CSK: Player Battles that can play a key factor in IPL 2022 Match

RCB-CSK is one of the top rivalries in the TATA IPL. The two powerhouses have always lit up the IPL with their fireworks. CSK have dominated the rivalry with 19 wins while RCB have 9 wins to their credit. The yellow army always brings their A-game in the southern derby. CSK pipped RCB in the first encounter of the season. However, there are few matchups that can have a key say in the outcome of the game. In this feature, we take a look at 3 such player battles.

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1) Ruturaj Gaikwad vs Josh Hazlewood

IPL 2022 LIVE: Key Matchups to Watch Out for in the Game Between RCB vs CSK
IPL 2022 LIVE: Key Matchups to Watch Out for in the Game Between RCB vs CSK

Ruturaj Gaikwad showed his true class in the game against SRH but missed his century by a whisker. The 25-year-old’s poor rut in the earlier games hurt CSK badly. The franchise would want him to keep going at the top. The highlight of Gaikwad’s innings was the way he counter-attacked Umran Malik and took him to the cleaners. Get the latest IPL betting sites and match updates here on our site.

However, Josh Hazlewood may be a thorn in his way. The Australian pacer was part of CSK last year and knows Gaikwad inside out. Moreover, Hazlewood has dismissed Gaikwad in the first encounter of the season. He will be keen to keep the CSK opener’s wicket in his pocket and provide a solid start with the ball. This matchup will be irrefutable in the context of the game.

2) Ambati Rayudu vs Harshal Patel

IPL 2022 LIVE: Key Matchups to Watch Out for in the Game Between RCB vs CSK
IPL 2022 LIVE: Key Matchups to Watch Out for in the Game Between RCB vs CSK

Ambati Rayudu has been an integral part of CSK’s middle order for many years now. The 36-year-old didn’t have a great start to the season but is slowly gaining momentum. Rayudu almost pulled off a heist against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in a high-scoring thriller. Rayudu has so far amassed 246 runs in 9 innings with a strike rate of 129.47 and an average of 35.14.

Harshal Patel on the other hand had a tough outing against the Titans. The 31-year-old went wicketless and conceded 35 runs as well. Patel who is a reputed death ball specialist has picked up only 2 wickets at the death at an average of 70. Moreover, Harshal doesn’t boast of a good record against CSK in IPL. But he has a positive matchup against Rayudu having dismissed the CSK batter three times in 16 balls.

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3) Glenn Maxwell vs Ravindra Jadeja

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Glenn Maxwell was looking in the groove against GT but his cameo of 33 from 18 balls was cut short by Lockie Ferguson. Maxwell will have to replicate last year’s performance if RCB stands a chance for the playoffs. The Australia all-rounder amassed 513 runs last year, his best IPL season so far. Discover more IPL betting apps for your mobile devices and learn about how betting works through this app.

Maxwell is well aware of Ravindra Jadeja’s potential who single-handedly took the game away when the two met last year. Jadeja took four wickets in the game, including the wicket of Maxwell. In fact, the India ace all-rounder has dismissed Maxwell four times in 18 balls and given away only 21 runs. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how will Maxwell counter Jadeja this time around.

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