The IPL showdown between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Gujarat Titans (GT) will light up the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday, May 4. RCB will look to maintain their winning momentum. Now, they will try to aim to complete the double over GT. 

With two consecutive victories, RCB’s form has been strong, while GT’s campaign has been less consistent. Sitting eighth in the standings with four wins out of ten matches, Gujarat Titans are under pressure to bounce back after two straight losses, one of which came against RCB.

RCB’s latest victory against Gujarat showcased their strengths, particularly their batting prowess. They will aim to build on that performance. The home advantage at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, known for its supporters and high-scoring matches, adds to their confidence as they face a Gujarat side.

Probable Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bengaluru:

Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (C), Will Jacks, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Siraj.

Impact Substitute: Swapnil Singh.

Gujarat Titans:

Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Shubman Gill (C), Sai Sudarshan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Shahrukh Khan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Sandeep Warrier.

Impact Substitute: Mohit Sharma.

Key Players

Virat Kohli is a standout player for Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Kohli’s form has been exceptional, with a remarkable 500 runs in his last ten matches. His performance against Gujarat Titans in the previous game demonstrated his class. He remains a crucial player in RCB’s batting lineup. His ability to anchor the innings and play aggressive strokes will be vital in setting a challenging total or chasing down a target.

On the bowling front, Rashid Khan stands out for Gujarat Titans. His eight wickets in the last tenmatches have been instrumental, and his leg-spin can be hard to read, especially on Bengaluru’s wicket. Rashid’s spells often lead to crucial breakthroughs. Gujarat will rely on his experience and skill to contain RCB’s strong batting lineup.

Match Prediction

Given the recent form of both teams and the playing conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB have the upper hand. Their back-to-back wins and recent triumph over Gujarat Titans will give them an edge, coupled with the home crowd’s support. Virat Kohli’s consistent form provides a strong foundation for RCB, and the team’s confidence will be high.

Yet, GT cannot be underestimated. Rashid Khan’s bowling could turn the tide in their favor, and GT do have the potential to bounce back.

RCB’s recent form and home advantage make them favourites. They seem well-placed to complete the double over Gujarat Titans and continue their charge towards the IPL playoffs.

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