It is the battle of the Royals for a place in the final, as the Royals take on the Royal Challengers in a straight shoot-out for the finals. Both teams approach this fixture in contrasting fortunes, but will be aware that whatever has happened is done. They will want to win this game to make it to the final of the IPL 2022 tournament.
Now, they will have their sole focus on the IPL match ahead. Will the Royals make use of the second opportunity afforded to them, or will the seemingly resurgent Royal Challengers juggernaut keep on rolling?
The Royals played great cricket in the first qualifier for 39 overs, and then lost in the last 3 balls due to a mixture of poor bowling and some frankly absurd power-hitting by David Miller. The batting more than held its own, with Jos Buttler finally bouncing back into form, but they will feel that they were 10-15 runs short.
Most of the team will be pretty upbeat about the fact that they were in the game for almost the entirety, but there will be more onus on Yuzi to deliver, after a rare outing where he went wicketless in his 4 overs. With a new wicket in Ahmedabad, they will be hoping that they get their act together.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Royal Challengers seem to be growing from strength to strength, and now there is genuine belief in their camp that they can go all the way. They were absolutely sublime in the eliminator against a highly superior and a highly fancied Lucknow side, but they came up trumps, courtesy of one of the best innings in this tournament by the unheralded Rajat Patidar, and an astounding performance with the ball by the king of the death overs, Harshal Patel.
The entire squad is aware about how huge and special this moment is, and if it wasn’t evident earlier, then it surely is now. The Royal Challengers juggernaut is motoring on. And they will be a force to reckon with.
Head to Head
In the 24 matches that the two sides have played, Royal Challengers lead the head to head 13-11.
This will be an encounter for the ages, with two evenly-matched sides facing each other, but in the sheer manner of their victory, and that overwhelming sense of belief and hunger, you cannot see anyone but the Royal Challengers being overwhelming favorites in this contest
Date and time
27th May 2022 (Friday) at 7:30 pm.
Sri Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad