RCB vs RR Qualifier 2 will be a royal encounter, as both the teams will want to win it badly: Shastri

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Former Indian captain Ravi Shastri believes the Qualifier 2 in TATA IPL 2022 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will be a royal affair as both the teams would be leaving no stones unturned to win the game.

This season in IPL 2022, RCB and RR have showcased great skills and class to bring them into a position where they can end their title drought. RCB are yet to win their first IPL trophy while RR couldn’t replicate their success ever since lifting the trophy in the inaugural season in 2008.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “It’s been 14 years for RCB (as they’ve never owned that elusive silverware) and 13 years since Rajasthan won their last title in the inaugural season. So between the two of them, it’s been 27 years (laughs). They both want it badly and it will be a battle of Royals. Let’s wait for that one. It’s going to be a great contest as both the teams would want to win it badly.”

Qualifier 2 will be played at the iconic Narendra Modi International Stadium – the biggest cricket stadium in the world – which will be packed to its capacity.

Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith believes the Qualifier 2 will be a cracker of a contest. Smith – who has been a part of the Rajasthan Royals side in the past – reckons the pressure will be on the Sanju Samson-led side as they are heading into the game on the back of a defeat.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Smith said, “I think the challenge will be on Rajasthan Royals after their disappointing loss against Gujarat Titans (in Qualifier 1). They must be hurt. Can they pick themselves up? RCB on the other hand are on a high. They’ll be keen to turn it around and put back a high skill level in the game. So, I agree with Ravi that we are going to have a cracker of a game on Friday night.”

 

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

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