The last match of the league stage of IPL 2023 will be between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans on Sunday, May 21, at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. It’s very important for RCB to win this match if they want to make the playoffs. The team led by Faf du Plessis needs to win their last game and finish with 16 points to be sure of making the playoffs. If they don’t, they will have to wait to see how Mumbai Indians’ game goes.
Aakash Chopra, a former cricketer for India, thinks that GT’s bowling attack will be RCB’s toughest test of the event. This is because GT is known for having a strong bowling attack. Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, and Glenn Maxwell, who bat together for RCB and are known as “KGF,” will face Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, and Noor Ahmad.
“I’m curious to see how KGF plays against their bowling. The pitch is expected to be very flat, but the real test for KGF will be against this bowling unit, which includes Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan, and possibly even Hardik Pandya,” Chopra said on his YouTube account.
MI is a tough opponent for RCB in the race for the playoffs because they have a chance to finish with 16 points if they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in the day’s first match. If Rohit Sharma’s team beats SRH by a huge margin, they can even take over RCB’s good net run rate.
Chopra went on to say on his YouTube channel that RCB will be under pressure if Mumbai beats SRH because they would need to beat the best team in the league to qualify.
“If Mumbai wins, Bangalore will be under a lot of pressure because they will have to win the match for sure. Gujarat, the best team in the league, is in front of Bangalore,” Chopra said.
The game between RCB and GT might get wet.
At the same time, there are dark clouds over the RCB vs. GT game, and it might rain during the match. If the game doesn’t happen because of rain, RCB will end up with 15 points. If MI beats SRH in the first game of the day, that would be enough for them to qualify.
The other team still in the running is Rajasthan Royals. To qualify, they need both MI and RCB to lose their last games. RR also needs RCB to lose by a big enough percentage that RCB’s net run rate falls below RR’s, allowing RR to qualify.