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Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bowl first
Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 29 runs
Rajasthan Royals eye a payback against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
We predict that Rajasthan Royals will defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium , Pune, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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After a massive defeat against SRH, RCB will now take on Rajasthan Royals in the 39th match of the IPL. The match will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA), Pune on 26th April from 7:30 pm onwards. This will be the second encounter between RCB and RR this season. RCB defeated RR by 4 wickets while chasing the target of 170 runs in that game.
What a bizarre game RCB had against SRH. Batting first RCB lost 3 wickets in the second over of the match. It looked like they were about to break the record of the lowest score of the IPL at one point. But Maxwell and Suyash Prabhudessai helped RCB to move past 49 runs. SRH chased the target in the 8th over with 9wickets in hand. On the other hand, RR had a tough game against DC. Thanks to Jos Buttler’s ton and a fiery knock of 46 in just 19 balls from skipper Sanju Samson took RR to 222 runs with the loss of 2 wickets. A wonderful effort from DC’s batters brought DC 36 runs closer to the target with 2 overs in hand. A magnificent maiden over from Prasiddh Krishna made it easier for RR to win the game by just 15 runs.
RCB faced RR earlier this season in the 13th match. Batting first RR put a target of 170 runs. In-form Buttler scored 70 off just 47 balls. Ex-RCB and current RR leggie Chahal bowled a beautiful spell by taking 2 wickets for 15 runs. The new finisher of the town Dinesh Karthik scored 44 of 23, in the end, to win the game for RCB by 4 wickets in the final over. RR is now in the third position with 10 points in 7 matches. RCB have dropped down to 4th position after their loss against SRH with 8 points in 8 matches. With LSG playing against MI before this game, the chances of RCB dropping further in the points table are more.
It looked like a ritual for RCB to put the lowest total in every season of the IPL in their last game. Faf du Plessis must have had a long chat with the boys after a forgettable performance. RCB’s top order has been critical this season. Except for a game or two Anuj Rawat and Virat Kohli have not given the start RCB needed. It is high time for du Plessis to find a new partner to open the innings. Rawat is having a bad season and it is also taking a toll on Kohli’s performance. Kohli now has back-to-back golden ducks this season. If RCB opts to replace Rawat with Rajat Patidar or Mahipal Lomror, Kohli can open with du Plessis. Plus the addition of Lomror can provide an extra spin option for them.
RCB’s middle-order have been the backbone of their victories so far. Shahbaz Ahmed is playing reliable knocks in the middle. The left-handed all-rounder has 178 runs in 6 innings at a strike rate of 139.06. While Dinesh Karthik who has been dismissed just twice this season has 210 runs at a strike rate of 200. RCB’s retainer Glenn Maxwell has also played fast knocks at a strike rate of 179.71. But he needs to play longer with the current form of the top order.
Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj, and Harshal Patel will continue to lead the pace attack of the RCB. Except for Siraj, the others have been proven vital in taking wickets. Both Patel and Hazelwood have 9 and 8 wickets respectively. Patel’s death bowling skills can prove handy for RCB against RR who are famous for scoring big runs in the final 5 overs. Hasaranga is currently RCB’s leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets. If Lomror comes in, Hasaranga can get support from him and Ahmed to stop the runs in the middle overs.
Key Players: Faf du Plessis, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazelwood
Faf du Plessis (c), Mahipal Lomror, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj.
Mohammed Siraj, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Faf du Plessis, Suyash Prabhudessai, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Wanidu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood
After back-to-back victories against KKR and DC, RR have got their mojo back. Nothing is going wrong for them. Jos Buttler scored his third century of the season against DC and now has a stronghold on the purple cap. You might see him chasing Virat Kohli’s 973 runs and 4 hundred in a season. Buttler has scored 491 runs so far at a strike rate of 161.51. His partner Devdutt Padikkal is also scoring runs from the other end. Paddikal registered a half-century in RR’s last game. With Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer coming later, RR has the most destructible top-order.
Both Samson and Hetmyer have strike rates above 170 and have scored more than 200 runs each. But RR’s main downside is its weak middle order. Both Karun Nair and Riyan Parag are not dependable options for RR if the fantastic fours fail to perform. It will be ideal to bring Yashasvi Jaiswal back into the team for Karun Nair. Surely, there won’t be a replacement for Riyan Parag as RR is backing him up for the last two seasons. More to that, Parag is the only extra bowler RR’s lineup has excluding the 5 main bowlers.
RR might face a situation with their bowling attack as they play exactly 5 pure bowlers. So the management expects a minimum of 18 to 19 overs to be bowled by them. In the last two games, Trent Bolt has been gone for runs. It is Prasiddh Krishna who is stopping the runs. What a wicket maiden he bowled last game! Yuzvendra Chahal is absolutely brilliant with the ball this season. Chahal has taken 18 wickets at an economy of 7.28 and has the purple cap with him for the last 4 matches. His counterpart R Ashwin is very economical for RR but not getting the wickets they need. Ashwin has just 4 wickets in 7 games after bowling all 28 overs. Obed McCoy will continue to play the death-over bowler part after helping RR win in the last two games. The addition of Navdeep Saini over Parag can provide the solution to this problem but who is going to explain RR management is the million-dollar question.
Key Players: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal
Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal
Trent Boult, Ravichandran Ashwin, Devdutt Padikkal, Kuldeep Sen, YS Chahal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Daryl Mitchell, Prasidh Krishna, Riyan Parag
It will be sunny and clear on the 26th of April. The temperature will be a bit higher than normal and will range between 25°C and 41°C. The wind will be flowing from the west at 10-12 kmh. The pitch favors batters during the early stages of the game. But spinners start getting the assistance as the game progresses.
The 39th match of the IPL between RCB and RR will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA), Pune. on 26th April. MCA has hosted 6 IPL matches this season. The stadium has a capacity to accommodate 45000 spectators. It is famous for high-scoring matches.
In 6 IPL matches, both teams had an equal weightage to win the game. But on the last 4 occasions team batting second has won thrice. Therefore, The team winning the toss should field first.
It is always a close encounter between these two teams. But RCB has emerged victorious against RR on the last 5 occasions. If you compare the current form, RR have been killing it on every front. Not only they are winning but also have the leaders in the batting and bowling table. The loss against SRH will be bugging RCB for a long time. RR will have an upper hand in this game over RCB.
We predict that Rajasthan Royals will defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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