Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium, Pune
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Average score at venue (1st inns): 173
Win percentage while batting first: 66.67%
Bangalore and Chennai face off at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday night looking for a victory that will bolster their confidence and position in the points table where they are lagging behind.
The pitches in Pune have been inclining towards batsmen more than for bowlers, which means that an exciting contest could be on cards given that both high and low scores have been recorded recently in Pune.
Fast bowlers will be expected to dominate at the MCA Stadium in Pune where they have 75.24% of the wicket-share compared to 24.76% for the spin bowlers.
It will be a bright, sunny and an extremely hot day in Pune with the mercury hitting a high of 38°C in the afternoon, but the match hours on Wednesday evening will have a pleasant setting for the players with temperature ranging between 27-31°C. The humidity levels will range between 45-60%.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 29
Bangalore won: 9
Chennai won: 19
No result: 1
Top 3 players from Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Hazlewood
Top 3 players from Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, MS Dhoni
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Hazlewood, Dinesh Karthik, Rajat Patidar.
Top 5 players from Chennai: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, MS Dhoni, Mukesh Choudhary, Ambati Rayudu.
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
This is a contest which will be played at the MCA Stadium in Pune where batsmen have got plenty of support from the pitches right from the start of the competition. Even in the last few matches, teams that have applied themselves well, which includes Chennai who made more than 200 against Hyderabad in their previous outing here, will be able to make most of the situations. For fantasy cricket playing 11, it will be wise to add seam bowlers along with plenty of batting options.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
Chennai are currently languishing at the second last spot in the points table for the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022 tournament, having recorded only their 3rd win in 9 matches in their previous outing in Pune against Hyderabad. On the other hand, Bangalore have had a mixed run so far in 10 matches by winning 5 and losing 5 that they have played, but their recent results do not instill a lot of confidence from their squad. A right mix of players from both the teams will be a good approach while making the fantasy cricket XI.
MORE INFORMATION: Chennai may be struggling with multiple issues that have cropped up in the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022 tournament, historically they have been a better side than Hyderabad. Chennai have 19 wins to show from 29 matches that these two teams played in so far whereas Bangalore have only 9 victories in their kitty. The Faf du Plessis-led team needs its players to step up and try to make one final push to get into the top four for the knockout round.
PLAYERS’ FORM: The former Indian Bangalore captain, V Kohlii announced his return to form with a fine half-century against Gujarat in the previous match but his knock was not enough as his side lost the game comprehensively. Chennai will be fancying their chances of recording yet another victory over Bangalore, riding on the promise of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Mukesh Choudhary in particular. For Bangalore, captain Faf du Plessis must return among runs as they are heading into a very important stage in the tournament.
Changes in squad (if any): NO
BANGALORE: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.