May 27: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Qualifier 2, Narendra Modi Stadium
Safe XI: 1 Faf du Plessis (capt), 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal (vice-capt), 3 Jos Buttler, 4 Sanju Samson, 5 Rajat Patidar, 6 Devdutt Padikkal, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Yuzvendra Chahal, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Wanindu Hasaranga, 11 Obed McCoy
Among players from both these squads, du Plessis has scored the most runs in the IPL playoffs – 348 runs in 13 games at a strike rate of 134.88. He has also won three Man-of-the-Match awards in the IPL playoffs which is the joint-most for any player. He is the leading run scorer for Royal Challengers this season with 443 runs in 15 games.
The young left-handed opener had a rollercoaster of a season. He was dropped after some indifferent performances at the start but came back strongly in the recent games. He has been especially successful in the powerplay, scoring 129 runs at a strike rate of 135.78, one of the best strike rates for an Indian opener this season.
Sanju Samson:The Royals captain looked in a good striking form in the last game, scoring 47 off 26 balls. Although he has recorded only two 50-plus scores this season, he has 421 runs in 15 games at a strike rate of 150.35. He has struggled against Wanindu Hasaranga in the past, but on a fresh track in Ahmedabad, he is expected to do well.
Harshal Patel: Last season’s purple-cap winner might not end with a similar tally this time, but he has been effective in the death overs. He has taken 19 wickets in 14 games at an impressive economy of 7.56. He has never gone wicketless against Royals picking up 15 wickets in just eight outings at a strike rate of 12.40.
High-risk XI: 1 Sanju Samson (capt), 2 Glenn Maxwell (vice-capt), 3 Dinesh Karthik, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Devdutt Padikkal, 7 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 8 Josh Hazlewood, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Wanindu Hasaranga