This match will RCB’s second on their home ground. In the first match they defeated Mumbai Indians by eight wickets. However, they ended up losing their second match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata by 81 runs.
LSG, on the other hand, have won two of their first three matches. After beating Delhi Capitals (DC) in their tournament opener, the KL Rahul-led side lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 12 runs. They bounced back to a win by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by five wickets on Friday.
Ahead of the match, let’s have a look at the top four bowlers who can end up with the most wickets in the RCB vs LSG match.
Mohammed Siraj: The pacer was at his brutal best in the first match of the season at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He opened the spell for Siraj and bowled three overs in the powerplay to give away just five runs. He also picked the wicket of Ishan Kishan during the period.
However, in the second match, Siraj was bludgeoned by KKR batters for 44 runs in four overs. He picked the wicket of Shardul Thakur, who scored 68 runs off 29 balls, on the fourth ball of the final over.
Siraj would hope to make a fierce comeback against LSG in front of the home crowd in Bengaluru. Siraj has picked two wickets in two matches against LSG.
David Willey: The England left-pacer was RCB’s best bowler in their last match against KKR. He picked two wickets for 16 runs in four overs and derailed the KKR innings. The 33-year-old castled the stumps of Venkatesh Iyer on the second ball of his second over and then cleaned the stumps of Mandeep on the very next ball.
Now with Reece Topley out of IPL 2023, Willey has a bigger role to play in the RCB bowling line-up. The fact that LSG has three southpaws (Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya and Nicholas Pooran) in their top-order can also benefit Willey.
Ravi Bishnoi: The 22-year-old leg-spinner has gained early momentum in the tournament and is third on the list of highest wicket-takers. In three matches, he has picked six wickets at an average of 12.50 and an economy of 12.50.
Bishnoi has picked six wickets in six matches against RCB and he will look to get under the skin of under-pressure batting unit of the hosts on Monday, Notably, the Faf du Plessis-led side was bundled out for 123 in 17.4 overs against KKR.
Mark Wood: The joint leading wicket-taker in the IPL 2023 did not feature in his side’s last match because of a flu. He is expected to take the field against RCB. He has picked eight wickets at an average and economy of 7.87.
His superb run so far could be worrying for RCB who would be aiming to recover from their shock collapse in Kolkata. Chinnaswamy is a batter’s paradise and one needs a X-factor to escape the wrath of hard-hitting batters. The extra pace of the Englishman can surely make a huge impact.
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