Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be facing each other in the 13th match of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. While Rajasthan Royals have won both their matches, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have won one and lost one. Last season, Rajasthan finished seventh with five wins, while Bangalore reached the eliminator. Rajasthan Royals have lost both their tosses and yet won both their games after being put in to bat first. RCB, on the other hand, have lost once while batting first, and won once while chasing, too. Both teams will play their first game at the Wankhede Stadium this season.
Jos Buttler, who missed out on the second phase of IPL 2021, has come back with some style in IPL 2022 by scoring the first century of this season. The skipper Sanju Samson has also done well, and the finishing powers of Shimron Hetmyer got them to formidable totals in both matches. These totals could be defended easily with a bowling line-up that boasts of Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, R Ashwin, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had two different results to begin this IPL season. In the first match, they couldn’t defend a 200+ total against the Punjab Kings at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy Stadium, and then they won a sub-130 chase against the Kolkata Knight Riders after making the game go down the wire. The first match belonged to their top-order batters Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, and Dinesh Karthik, while the second match belonged to the bowlers in Wanindu Hasaranga, Akash Deep, Harshal Patel, and Mohammed Siraj.
Their middle order, barring Dinesh Karthik, looks fragile and is required to step up once the top order stumbles. In the battle of the Royals, Sanju Samson would look to make it three out of three which will be a dream start for the inaugural champions.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers ahead of Match 13 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2022:
24 – Sanju Samson needs to score 24 more runs to reach 2500 IPL runs for Rajasthan Royals. He will become the second player to score as many or more runs for the franchise, after Ajinkya Rahane.
2 – Dinesh Karthik needs two more dismissals to become the second wicketkeeper to affect 150 dismissals in the IPL, after MS Dhoni.
3 – Dinesh Karthik needs three more sixes to reach 200 sixes in T20 cricket.
2 – Jos Buttler needs two more sixes to reach 100 sixes in the IPL.
4 – Sanju Samson needs four more dismissals to become the first wicketkeeper or fielder to affect 50 dismissals for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
4 – Harshal Patel needs four more wickets to overtake Vinay Kumar and become RCB’s most-succesful pacer.
4 – R Ashwin needs four more wickets to become the fifth player to take 150 wickets in the IPL. He will then be tied with Harbhajan Singh on the fifth place in the record for most wickets in the league.
3 – Siddarth Kaul needs three more wickets to reach 150 wickets in T20 cricket.
116.73 – Virat Kohli’s strike rate against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which is his lowest against all the teams where he batted at least thrice.
68 – Devdutt Padikkal (932) needs 68 runs to complete 1000 runs in the IPL.
1 – Virat Kohli (549) needs one four to get to 550 fours in the league.
10 – Sanju Samson (240) needs ten fours to get to 250 fours in the IPL.
81 – Sanju Samson (4919) is 81 runs away from reaching the landmark of 5000 runs in T20 matches.
2 – Nathan Coulter-Nile (48) requires two scalps to reach 50 wickets in the league.
30 – Buttler (7470) needs 30 runs to complete 7500 runs in T20 games.
3 – Padikkal (197) requires three fours to reach 200 fours in T20 cricket.
27 – Karun Nair (2973) is 27 runs away from reaching 3000 runs in T20 cricket
1 – Nair (99) also needs one six to get to 100 sixes in T20 matches.