Our Prediction is Rajasthan Royals to win the match!
Host Royal Challengers Bangalore will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the 49th game of Indian Premier League in Bengaluru on Tuesday.
In their previous game, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals. Virat Kohli and co. are officially out of the competition and will look to win their remaining games to salvage some pride.
Rajasthan Royals registered a seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous game played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The side will need to this game at all costs in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs.
Virat Kohli-led unit has suffered from inconsistency with bat and ball throughout the competition. The franchise is the first team to exit this year’s competition. The side has managed to win only four games out of twelve played so far this season.
In their previous match, Royal Challengers Bangalore looked on course for another victory against Delhi Capitals after scoring 60 runs inside first five overs without losing a wicket. But a collapse saw Royal Challengers Bangalore lose the game by 16 runs.
Therefore, the team management will be focused on an improved batting performance than they did in their previous match. The responsibility of that will be with their captain Virat Kohli, who has been a consistent performer for the side so far this season. He has scored 423 runs in 12 matches at an average of 35.25. Kohli will be looking to do well with the bat in the remaining two games of the competition.
AB De Villiers is the franchises’ leading run-getter with 431 runs in 11 matches at an average of 53.87. He will be keen to make a big score for the side in this game. Apart from De Villiers, wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel is also having a decent tournament with the bat with 365 runs at an average of 30.41. Patel scored a quick-fire 39 runs off 20 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. He will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in the remaining two games of the competition.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on premier Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who is currently the leading wicket-taker for RCB with 16 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 22.62. The likes of Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav and Washington Sundar conceded a lot of runs and failed to pick wickets for the side in the previous game.
Virat Kohli (c), AB De Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Henrich Klaasen, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar.
Pawan Negi, Marcus Stoinis, GR Singh Mann, Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Heinrich Klaasen, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, K Khejroliya, Parthiv Patel, NA Saini
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are on a two-match winning streak and will be looking to keep the momentum in this all-important fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ajinkya Rahane’s side will need to win their remaining games in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs.
The team has been heavily reliant on the likes of Captain Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith and Sanju Samson to do the bulk of the scoring. The batting trio certainly delivered the goods with the bat for Rajasthan in the previous game played against Hyderabad.
Ajinkya Rahane played exceedingly well in the previous game and scored 39 off 34 balls to help Rajasthan get off to a good start in the chase. His opening partner, Liam Livingstone, produced a spectacular batting performance and scored 44 off 26 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in this game. Wicket-keeper Sanju Samson delivered splendid innings for Rajasthan Royals in the previous game. He scored unbeaten 48 off 32 balls with the help of four fours and a six. Samson put on a crucial partnership with Steven Smith to help Rajasthan cruise to a comfortable victory over Hyderabad.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on the pace duo of Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron to deliver breakthroughs with the new-ball. Thomas and Aaron bowled exceedingly well in the previous game and picked up four wickets between them. Left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat and Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal also delivered superlative performances and picked up two wickets apiece.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas.
Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, STR Binny, Liam Livingstone, JD Unadkat, SV Samson, VR Aaron, Mahipal Lomror, S Gopal, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag
The pitch has provided an interesting contest between bat and ball in this year’s competition. The quick bowlers will extract bounce and carry from the surface. The weather forecast for the game on Tuesday is expected scattered thunderstorms in the evening.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won their last two games played at this venue. The side will be looking to maintain winning streak at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rajasthan Royals will certainly take heart from the fact they have won four games out of eight played against Royal Challengers Bangalore at this venue.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bowl first. The rain might a big role in the second half of the game. Batting second will be the most preferred option as bowlers will struggle to grip the ball in wet conditions if in case of rain.
Rajasthan Skipper Ajinkya Rahane will feel that they haven’t played their best cricket so far in this year’s competition. Rahane will be hoping that the likes of Sanju Samson, Steven Smith and Shreyas Gopal can raise their game for this epic clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Expect Rajasthan Royals to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in this game.
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