Man of the Match: S Gopal
A Royal Challenge at the pink city to end the losing streak
Our prediction is Rajasthan Royals will win the match!
Royal Challengers Bangalore came into this IPL as one of the strongest teams with a lot of big Indian and foreign names. They have suffered three defeats in the three matches they have played so far. And they have suffered two morale crushing defeats at the hands of Chennai Super kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.
They were bowled out for less than 120 runs in two matches. AB de Villiers 70* and Virat Kohli`s 46 against Mumbai has been the only telling contribution with the bat so far. Their bowlers were smoked all around the park last match and ended up conceding 231 runs. Yuzi Chahal has been picking up wickets at regular intervals but leaking runs in the last two matches. They might look to make a lot of changes in their playing XI in this match.
Rajasthan Royals too have lost all their matches played so far this season. But they have been in the better position in all the matches before succumbing at the end. They almost came back strong last match after losing first three wickets for 14 runs. Rahul Tripathi and Ben Stokes played superb knocks to make a fight and help their team to come back into the contest. Jofra Archer`s big hitting is a big plus for the team going forward.
Their bowlers bowled superbly in the first 10 overs holding a strong CSK line-up to run rate below 6 RPO. Jofra Archer was once again the star with the ball bowling a superb spell both in the powerplay an death overs. Jaydev unadkat seems to struggle to find momentum and was taken for 28 runs in the last over which seemed to be the difference at the end of the match.
Rahul Tripathi – He played an excellent attacking knock of 39 runs off 24 balls last match after quick fall of wickets. His ability to maneuver the field while powerplay may tempt RR to open with him.
Jofra Archer – Archer is turning out to be the MVP for the Rajasthan royals. He was excellent with both the bat and ball last match with match figures of 4-1-17-2 & 24*(11)
Stats from the season:
Sanju Samson - 140 runs, Strike rate – 156, HS -102, 100s-1
Ben Stokes – 4 wickets, Economy – 11.8 RPO, BB – 2/48
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron
Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, STR Binny, Jofra Chioke Archer, VR Aaron, Jos Buttler, DS Kulkarni, S Gopal, RA Tripathi
Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli has been dismissed for single digit scores twice in three matches and it is a rarity for him. Virat Kohli is one of the most consistent player across different playing conditions and formats.
Umesh Yadav – Yadav had an excellent season last year but he has been not up to the mark so far this season. Umesh Yadav has been blowing hot and cold for a long time and he needs to be more consistent with his performance.
Stats from the season:
AB de Villiers - 80 runs, Strike rate – 151, HS -71*, 50s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 6 wickets, Economy – 7.3 RPO, BB – 4/38
Parthiv Patel (wk), Heinrich Klassen, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
M Siraj, Marcus Stoinis, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, NA Saini
Jaipur pitch is one of the good batting pitches in IPL and the batsmen will find it easier to score runs. Average score in this pitch is around 170-190 runs. The pitch might slow down as the match progresses. Jaipur will have sunny weather with very less chances of rain. Dew factor may come into play due to the sub-continental weather conditions.
Teams are comfortable chasing the score rather than setting up the target. Both teams will look to chase down the total set by the opposition team. Almost 80% of teams has chosen to chase in this IPL after winning the toss.
Both teams are yet to find a win this season after 3 matches. But Rajasthan Royals had their moments in all the matches whereas RCB was beaten in one-sided affairs in two of their three matches. Rajasthan Royals have put better performance and closing in a win. So we expect RR to win this match in their home conditions.
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