If RCB Have To Win Today Against RR, Then Senior Players Will Have To Score Runs: Aakash Chopra

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Mumbai: The stage is quite for a Battle Royale! Rajasthan Royals stand between a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore side and a final spot when both teams square off in the TATA IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 today at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The action begins 6.30 PM onwards, LIVE & Exclusive on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar.

RCB made it to Qualifier 2 on the back of a scintillating century from Rajat Patidar against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator, while RR ended up on the losing side in a hard-fought contest against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1. Going into this all-important knockout fixture, both teams will be giving it their best shot to book a date with GT in the final on May 29th.

Speaking during ‘GAME PLAN’ show on Star Sports, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra feels senior players from the RCB camp will have to step up in their TATA IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 match against Rajasthan Royals, “Experience will be helpful in today’s match. I believe but I could still be wrong because if we look at RCB’s performance so far in this season, they reached this stage after winning the Eliminator without Kohli, Maxwell and Faf du Plessis scoring runs. If you still reached there, it means RCB’s season has been good. So, well done RCB! But if you want to go forward from here and win today’s match, and then defeat Gujarat in the final, then it is not going to be possible without Faf, Kohli and Maxwell scoring runs. They have lot of experience. Trent Boult will be up against Faf du Plessis and he has struggled against left-armers. So, it will be a key battle to watch how he faces Boult. Virat Kohli has no such issue, he only needs to play Prasidh Krishna little cautiously. The rest he will handle pretty well. He hasn’t been dismissed by Trent Boult till now. But Faf has to score runs. It will not work every time that he gets a golden duck and expect someone to rescue the team from danger and reach 200. Rajat Patidar won’t be able to do it every time like he did in the Eliminator. Someone else will have to take the responsibility.”

Speaking during ‘GAME PLAN’ show on Star Sports, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra believes Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal needs to bring out his best against RCB in the TATA IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, “They are not very over dependent off-course. He is the highest wicket-taker not only for his team, but has got the most wickets in the league. They’ve got other bowlers too, so it’s a good bowling unit. In the opposition’s batting unit, looking at your main batters – Virat Kohli or Faf du Plessis – if they don’t score runs, then Rajat Patidar will score runs once in a while else it will become difficult for him. The same is happening with Jos Buttler, if you look at his current batting. Yuzi Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin have played only once or twice where both have failed to take any wickets and RR lost both the matches. So, it’s no doubt that they are important players and bowl important overs. But the good thing about today is that the field is very big and if there’s no dew on the field, you’ll see these bowlers bowling smartly. You will see Chahal bowling his best against his former team. In the previous match, he bowled well, but this time he needs to do even better since he needs to make his former team regret for not keeping him.”

Speaking during ‘GAME PLAN’ show on Star Sports, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra makes his prediction for today’s TATA IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, “Royals will win it. Let’s go with Royal Challengers Bangalore though the Rajasthani Rajwadas won’t let me enter Jaipur. They are very close to my heart but this time I would go for RCB.”

 

Catch all the action from the TATA IPL 2022 Qualifier 2 between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, May 27th, 2022, 6.30 PM onwards, LIVE & Exclusive on the Star Sports Network & Disney+ Hotstar

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