Royal Challengers Bangalore’s pacer Mohammed Siraj won’t play today, against Gujarat Titans on Thursday, May 19 at the Wandkhede Stadium in Mumbai.
RCB skipper Faf du Plessis told Star Sports at toss that they had made a change in their fast bowling department.
“We would have batted too. Looks a bit dry than it usually does in the evenings. One change to see if we can do a little bit better in the powerplay, so Sid [Siddharth] Kaul comes in for [Mohammed] Siraj. We have to win today and Delhi need to lose their game. The only thing we can control is get the W in the column today,” du Plessis said at the toss.
Check Twitter’s reactions on Mohammed Siraj not playing the match:
Siddharth Kaul makes his debut for RCB
Siddharth Kaul is celebrating his 32nd birthday today and is making his debut for Bangalore. He had made his IPL debut by representing Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2013. He then played for Sunrisers Hyderabad between 2017-2021. He was bought by the RCB franchise for INR 75 lakh in the mega auction held in February in Bangalore.
Gujarat Titans have refrained from resting their key players even after being the first team to qualify for the playoffs. Only one change has come in the form of Lockie Ferguson replacing Alzarri Joseph.
“We are going to bat. The kind of situation we are in, we thought we can practice batting first and putting a good score on the board. Obviously, we had done well as a group, but we haven’t capitalized batting first on opportunities,” Hardik Pandya told Star Sports at the toss.
“We kind of asked all the boys if they wanted to rest, but they are all pumped to play all the games. Everyone said let’s continue the rhythm,” Pandya added.