The 52nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 will witness Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) taking on Gujarat Titans (GT) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. Royal Challengers Bengaluru have managed to win just three out of their 10 games so far, placing them at the bottom of the IPL 2024 standings with six points. Similarly, Gujarat Titans find themselves in the bottom half of the points table, occupying the eighth position. They have accumulated eight points from four wins out of 10 matches.

With both teams in desperate need of a victory, let’s have a look at the predicted XIs for what promises to be an exciting contest.

RCB Predicted XI

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli comes into this tournament fueled by his stunning performance, having scored an unbeaten 70 runs in his last match against Gujarat Titans. Kohli’s innings included six boundaries and three sixes, showcasing a striking rate of 159.09. With a total of 500 runs in just 10 matches, he will be determined to reclaim the Orange Cap on Saturday.

Faf du Plessis (captain)

RCB captain Faf du Plessis will open the innings along with Virat Kohli in the upcoming match against GT. Faf has been in decent form in IPL 2024 with 288 runs in 10 matches including two fifty-plus scores while maintaining an impressive strike rate of 159.12. The former Proteas captain will be eager to put up a big score in the upcoming match.

Will Jacks

In IPL 2024, Will Jacks announced himself with a blazing 41-ball ton against GT. With 176 runs in five matches at an average of 44 and a strike rate of 191.30, the English batter has been outstanding. Jacks has also contributed with the ball, claiming two wickets for RCB. The hard-hitting England cricketer will be eager to showcase his power-hitting skills at home.

Rajat Patidar

Talented batter Rajat Patidar has been an important member of the RCB lineup this season. With a strike rate of 178.53, Patidar has scored 211 runs in 10 matches in IPL 2024. He did not get a chance to bat in the previous match, but Rajat will be eager to put up a fiery performance sooner rather than later.

Glenn Maxwell

With only 32 runs in seven matches, Glenn Maxwell has yet to have a successful outing with the bat in the 2024 edition. However, the Australian all-rounder has been equally successful with the ball in hand taking five wickets in as many matches. If given the chance to bat, Maxwell will be eager to score big and improve his wickets tally in the upcoming match at Chinnaswamy.

Cameron Green

Maxwell’s compatriot Cameron Green will aim to add depth to RCB’s batting as well as bowling department. Green has had a below-par performance with the bat this season but has been impressive with the ball in hand. The Australian all-rounder has taken six wickets in eight matches and will aim to produce an all-round performance against GT.

Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper)

The addition of Dinesh Karthik to RCB’s starting lineup will inject crucial firepower into their already lethal batting lineup. In 10 matches, the wicketkeeper-batter has accumulated 262 runs, including two fifty-plus scores, boasting an impressive average of 52.40 and a striking rate of 195.52. Karthik will look to make a significant impact and further bolster his run tally in the upcoming match against Gujarat.

Swapnil Singh

Swapnil Singh has made waves with the ball in hand in IPL 2024. The off-spinner’s ability to outsmart batters with his spin variations has led him to scalp three wickets in two matches. Singh will lead the spin-bowling attack for RCB and aim to improve his wickets tally against GT come Saturday.

Karn Sharma

Karn Sharma will be an important member of the RCB spin-bowling outfit. With an economy rate of 9.54, Sharma has scalped three wickets in four matches. He is likely to play a crucial role in containing GT’s hard-hitting batters and provide breakthroughs during the middle overs.

Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj will spearhead the pace bowling attack for RCB. While the Indian speedster has taken only six wickets in nine matches, he has been slightly expensive, conceding at an economy rate of 9.50. Siraj will hope to provide early breakthroughs with the new ball in the upcoming match.

Yash Dayal

Yash Dayal’s inclusion in RCB’s playing XI adds an element of anticipation and excitement to the team’s bowling lineup. With his versatile skills, Dayal has taken eight wickets in nine matches. Known for his deceptive bowling variations, Dayal is poised to make a significant impact on the game.

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GT Predicted XI

Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper)

Wriddhiman Saha, Gujarat’s wicketkeeper-batter, has faced challenges replicating his IPL 2023 performance in the current season. In eight matches, he has accumulated 135 runs at a strike rate of 125. Despite his statistics painting a subdued picture, Saha remains a potential threat to RCB’s bowling unit and will strive to make a significant impact in the upcoming match.

Shubman Gill (captain)

Gujarat Titans skipper Shubman Gill will play an important role in guiding his team to a strong start. In 10 matches, Gill has scored 320 runs including two fifty-plus scores at a strike rate of 140.97. The Indian opening batter had a short time at the crease in the last match and will be eager to perform better at the Chinnaswamy.

Sai Sudarshan

Sai Sudarshan has played a pivotal role in GT’s batting lineup in IPL 2024. The southpaw has amassed 418 runs in 10 matches and currently ranks as the third-highest run-scorer this season. His unbeaten 84-run innings against RCB in the last match showcased his prowess and will aim to repeat such a performance in the upcoming contest against the same opponents.

Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan returned to form in the last game, notching 58 runs off just 30 deliveries. Despite featuring in five matches, the Indian all-rounder has only managed 88 runs and is yet to make an impact with the ball. Nonetheless, his impressive strike rate of 183.33 suggests that Shahrukh could deliver a powerful innings against RCB.

David Miller

David Miller has been an integral member of Gujarat Titans’ batting lineup. In IPL 2024, Miller has accumulated 164 runs in seven matches, boasting a strike rate of 151.85. Renowned for his powerful strokes and timely contributions, the South African batter can take charge and stabilize the innings for GT in crucial moments.

Azmatullah Omarzai

Azmatullah Omarzai will add stability to Gujarat’s batting and bowling departments. Though he hasn’t had an impact with the bat this season, Omarzai has managed to take four wickets in seven matches at a decent economy rate of 8.86. The Afghan all-rounder is expected to scalp wickets and contain RCB’s batters in the upcoming match.

Rahul Tewatia

Hard-hitting batter Rahul Tewatia has gradually found his form in IPL 2024. Tewatia’s ability to hit big shots has guided him to score 153 runs in 10 matches and is yet to be dismissed in two of them. With a lethal strike rate of 141.67, the left-hander is likely to hammer RCB’s bowlers at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan will lead the spin bowling attack for Gujarat Titans. The Afghan leg-spinner has struggled to carry his IPL 2023 form into the ongoing season and has taken only eight wickets in 10 games. Despite fewer wickets to his name, Rashid has maintained a good economy rate of eight and could play a key role in restricting RCB’s batters to a smaller total.

Sai Kishore

With his spin bowling prowess, Sai Kishore has produced few impressive performances this season. Out of the five matches played, Kishore has scalped seven wickets backed by an economy rate of 9.13. His spin variations will play an important role in guiding GT to crucial breakthroughs against RCB come Saturday.

Noor Ahmad

Noor Ahmad will assist Rashid Khan and Sai Kishore in leading GT’s spin bowling attack. With a noteworthy economy of 8.39, Noor has taken six wickets in eight matches. Additionally, the young Afghan spinner brings a wealth of talent and variation, capable of troubling even the most seasoned batters and he will certainly aim to be among the wickets in the upcoming match.

Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma will lead Gujarat’s pace bowling attack in the upcoming match. With 10 wickets in as many matches played, Mohit could be a threat to RCB’s potent batting lineup. His ability to take wickets in powerplays as well as the death overs could help GT bag two crucial points against RCB on Saturday.

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