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| On Apr 8, 2022 11:59 AM IST

RCB Playing XI for RCB vs MI, Match 18 of IPL 2022 and Players Stats for Today’s Dream11 Team Prediction


RCB Playing XI: Royal Challengers Bangalore have now won two games in a row after a loss at the hand of Punjab Kings in their opening match  of IPL 2022. For the first time this season, the Faf du Plessis-led RCB will take a trip to Pune to face Mumbai Indians at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader.

RCB are booming with confidence, and they would be bolstered by the return of Glenn Maxwell into the mix. Dinesh Karthik has been the anchor of RCB’s twin wins this season and has emerged as a sheer finisher. DK has done it for RCB not once but twice already and the team will bank upon his finishing abilities for more. How will they shape up for this match? Let’s discuss.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI Team news

  • Unavailable: Josh Hazlewood
  • Josh Hazlewood is yet to join the squad and remains unavailable for this match.
  • Anuj Rawat has looked uncomfortable in the three games he has played so far. After giving him three opportunities in a row, he might get dropped for this match and could be replaced by Mahipal Lomror who has been waiting in the wings.
  • In Rawat’s absence, we can see Faf du Plessis open either with Virat Kohli or even Shahbaz Ahmed who has been used as a floater so far this season.
  • Glenn Maxwell will slot into the XI straightaway for Sherfane Rutherford.
  • Maxwell also opens sometimes for Melbourne Stars in BBL. He is another option to open the innings with skipper Faf if Rawat loses his place to Lomror.
  • No changes in the bowling department seem to take place and we might see Akash Deep keeping his place.

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RCB Playing XI

Faf du Plessis
Mahipal Lomror/Anuj Rawat
Virat Kohli
Dinesh Karthik
Glenn Maxwell
Shahbaz Ahmed
Wanindu Hasaranga
David Willey
Harshal Patel
Akash Deep/Siddharth Kaul
Mohammed Siraj

Royal Challengers Bangalore squad

Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Chama V Milind, Rajat Patidar, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Aneeshwar Gautam, Josh Hazlewood

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Faf du Plessis Stats in IPL

Skipper Faf du Plessis is the leading run-getter this season for RCB. He has been the anchor at the top order for his team.


Runs Strike Rate
vs MI
In IPL 2021 Last 3 innings
96 3057 131.76 347 runs from 16 innings at an avg 23.13 633 runs from 16 innings

88, 5, 29


Virat Kohli Stats in IPL

Virat Kohli has been unlucky this season so far after starting on a promising note. He was run out in the last game against RR and would be hungry to score some big runs.


Runs Strike Rate vs MI In IPL 2021 Last 3 IPL matches
202 6341 130.01 721 runs from 28 innings at an avg 28.84 405 runs from 15 innings at an avg 28.92

41*, 12, 5

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Dinesh Karthik Stats in IPL

RCB’s finisher Dinesh Karthik is yet to be dismissed this season. He has been monumental in RCB’s twin wins this season and will be a vital cog in this match again.


Runs Eco vs MI In IPL 2021 Last 3 IPL matches
195 4136 7.44 338 runs from 22 innings 223 wickets from 15 innings

32*, 14*, 44*

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