Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have won and lost in their first two matches of the IPL 2022 season. South Africa batter Faf du Plessis replaced Virat Kohli as the seventh captain of the franchise and the fans will count on his wide experience to quench their thirst for lifting an elusive IPL title.
RCB posted a gigantic score of 205 riding on du Plessis’ blistering 88 off 57 balls against Punjab Kings in their first game but the team went through their same old woes of crumbling under the pressure. PBKS chased the target with one over to spare as West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith provided the finishing touches with his blitz of 8-ball 25.
RCB eked out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second game despite stumbling in the early part of the chase as they were reduced to 17/3 at one stage. Wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik hit a six and a four off the first two balls bowled by Andre Russell to take his side to the finish line.
IPL 2022 RCB squad
RCB retained Virat Kohli, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, and Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj ahead of the IPL 2022 auction. They managed to bring last season’s highest wicket-taker Harshal Patel back into the squad along with the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Finn Allen.
Maxwell and Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood won’t be available to play until April 6 as the Australian national team is playing white-ball series against Pakistan and according to Cricket Australia’s policy, the annual contracted players cannot play in the other leagues when the national team is playing international games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for IPL 2022: Faf du Plessis (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, David Willey, Finn Allen (wk), Anuj Rawat (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Siddharth Kaul, Karn Sharma, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Chama V Milind, Luvnith Sisodia (wk), Aneeshwar Gautam, Suyash Prabhudessai.
IPL 2022: RCB schedule and match details
|Match No.||Date||Match Details||Venue||Time (IST)||Result|
|1||27-Mar||PBKS vs RCB||Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai||7:30 PM||Lost by five wickets|
|2||30-Mar||RCB vs KKR||Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai||7:30 PM||Won by three wickets|
|3||5-Apr||RR vs RCB||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|4||9-Apr||RCB vs MI||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||7:30 PM|
|5||12-Apr||CSK vs RCB||Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|6||16-Apr||DC vs RCB||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|7||19-Apr||LSG vs RCB||Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|8||23-Apr||RCB vs SRH||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|9||26-Apr||RCB vs RR||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||7:30 PM|
|10||30-Apr||GT vs RCB||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai||3:30 PM|
|11||4-May||RCB vs CSK||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||7:30 PM|
|12||8-May||SRH vs RCB||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||3:30 PM|
|13||13-May||RCB vs PBKS||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai||7:30 PM|
|14||19-May||RCB vs GT||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||7:30 PM|