The 22nd match of the Tata IPL 2022 will see Chennai Super Kings facing off against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 12th April at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai.

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings would need to lift themselves after a nightmarish start to the season and play a complete game when they take on a high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL in Mumbai on Tuesday. In the words of head coach Stephen Fleming, the team’s self-belief is shaken after four losses in a row.

CSK has had a miserable outing in IPL 2022 so far. The team has lost all four matches so far and takes the last spot in the points table. RCB has played four games so far. They lost one game but won 3 games. With 6 points in their kitty, RCB takes the 4th spot in the points table.

In the previous match, Chennai Super Kings lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first in the match, CSK piled up 154-7 on the scoreboard. Moeen Ali played a good knock of 48 runs. Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja added 27 and 23, respectively.

Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Mumbai Indians in their previous match. Batting first, MI posted 151-6 on the scoreboard. Openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan hit 26 runs each. Later, Suryakumar Yadav scored unbeaten 68 runs to take MI to a fighting total.

RCB’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel picked two wickets each, while Akash Deep picked one wicket. RCB managed to chase the target quite comfortably. Faf du Plessis got out for 16 runs. Anuj Rawat slammed 66 runs while Virat Kohli added 48 runs. RCB reached the target in the 19th over and won by seven wickets.

Team News:

CSK: The CSK batters will have to face a potent RCB bowling attack, including spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey and Mohammed Siraj. Young Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has had a miserable season so far, will need to step up and deliver and also all-rounders Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube will have to take more responsibility.

RCB: RCB will be without Harshal Patel, who has left the team bubble following his sister’s demise. Siddharth Kaul is likely to fill him in for him, while David Willey might make way for Josh Hazlewood, who is available alongside Jason Behrendorff.

Weather Report: The temperature is expected to hover around 32°C on the matchday with 54% humidity and 13-15 km/hr wind speed. There are no chances of precipitation during the game.

Pitch Report: The surface at the DY Patil ground has a pitch that bestows reasonable bounce to the bowlers but often, it stays true. We can expect matches that produce scores in the vicinity of 160-170 as a standard fare. Overall, it is a surface that has help on offer for both departments.

Predicted XI:

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Mukesh Choudhary/Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Maheesh Theeksana/Dwaine Pretorius

RCB: Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, David Willey/Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj