The last league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Gujarat Titans (GT) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. RCB is currently placed the 4th place on the points table of this season of IPL whereas GT is leading the points table and they have already qualified for the playoffs.
RCB played thirteen games in this season of the IPL where they managed to win seven matches while GT have won 9 games out of the thirteen games they have played so far. The Bangalore-based franchise played their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where they registered a comfortable win by 8 wickets. Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis hammered 100 runs and 71 runs respectively for Royal Challengers Bangalore in that game.
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On the other hand, Gujarat Titans played their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where they won that game by 34 runs. Shubman Gill smashed 101 runs for Gujarat Titans in that game. These two teams have played have played 2 matches against each other in the history of IPL so far where both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans won one game each.
As both teams gear up to take on each other, let’s find out 3 such player matchups to watch out for.
#1 Virat Kohli vs Mohammed Shami
Both these Indian cricketers have been performing exceptionally well in the IPL 2023. While Virat Kohli has been the backbone of the RCB batting lineup since the start of the season, Mohammed Shami has provided GT with crucial breakthroughs across phases, especially in the powerplays. However, Shami has an upper hand over the legendary batter in head-to-head face-offs, dismissing him five times.
#2 Shubman Gill vs Mohammed Siraj
Promising Indian batter Shubman Gill has enjoyed a stellar performance in the IPL 2023, as he has already amassed 576 runs at an average of 48 and a blistering strike rate of 146.19. The stylish right-handed batter will be facing RCB’s pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj to perfection, scoring 40 runs off just 27 deliveries.
#3 Glenn Maxwell vs Rashid Khan
The on-field contest between Glenn Maxwell and Rashid Khan will be fascinating in the middle overs. While Maxwell will be expected to get the upper hand on the spin king, Rashid will work on different ploys to outsmart the Australian star. Maxwell has played Rashid quite sensibly as of now, being dismissed only once. With it being a do-or-die game for RCB, Maxwell be expected to come good for the hosts in the middle-overs.