Faf du Plessis: “Even though you are not playing to the best of your ability, getting over the line gives you confidence. We are unchanged.”
Sanju Samson says: they don’t mind batting first. He says they want to do those small, small things well. Rajasthan Royals are unchanged as well, so only three overseas players, no Neesham, no McCoy.
Buttler: “[Pitch] Feels a little bit soft, seam went into the wicket at the start. Whether that changes with the dew, not sure. [Innings] Frustrating at times, you feel you need to kick on, but sometimes you’ve got to suck it up and try to get a few away at the end. We’re in the game [with 169]. If conditions don’t change, I back our bowlers to defend it.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Highlights today, Tuesday 5-4-2022. 13th Match (N), Tata Indian Premier League from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Head to head
Total matches played: 25
RCB Won: 12
RR Won: 10
Sanju Samson: “I can’t pinpoint a moment [when the game was lost], great effort to put in that total, after losing the toss. Think it was a respectable score, but when the dew is coming up… I think it’s a great effort by my team. As a bowling unit, you like to take your time and set your fields. A lot of positives to take, and we can learn a lot of things, too.”
Toss: RCB won, Chose to bowl first.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team: 1 Faf du Plessis (capt), 2 Anuj Rawat, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5 Sherfane Rutherford, 6 Shahbaz Ahmed, 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 David Willey, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Akash Deep.
Rajasthan Royals team: 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Devdutt Padikkal, 4 Sanju Samson (capt, wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Riyan Parag, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Navdeep Saini, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal.
Dinesh Karthik is Player of the Match:
“I made a conscious effort to do justice to myself. Felt I could have done better in the last few years. The way I’ve trained has been different. I was telling myself I’m not done yet. I have a goal and I want to achieve something. We needed 12 runs an over, so you need to figure out what to do. Stay calm, know your game and who you can take on. Made an effort to play white-ball cricket, practice matches and scenarios. Those are the hours you put in when no one sees. The real work is done in the lead-up, which is what I’ll give credit to. You have to premeditate in T20, but if it’s not there, you have to have the ability to change the shot.”
Faf du Plessis:
“That’s one out of the hat. To pull it out of nowhere you need some good characters, and DK is as big a character as you can get. That calmness towards the end allows others to just come in. I think we bowled really well up until the 19th, then Jos got some shots in with the bowlers under pressure. Got them a score just above par. We didn’t get the start we needed, Yuzi came in and bowled well. But the belief we have, guys can come in and win games from nowhere. he’s a skinny guy but he hits a long way, and he’s got a clear game plan. I believe he’ll play a big part with the ball, too.”
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 19:30 Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Saiyed Khalid
TV Umpires – Nitin Menon
Match Referee – Prakash Bhatt
Reserve Umpire – Nikhil Patwardhan
Match number – Tata IPL 2022 – Seasone 15, 13th Match