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RR vs RCB, Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Preview

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore would be locking horns for a virtual knockout for Saturday’s doubleheader in Jaipur.

WHEN: 19 May 2018, 4:00 pm

WHERE: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

PITCH REPORT:

The wicket at the Sawai Mansingh is usually a batting paradise testified by Virender Sehwag’s record-breaking 219.

WEATHER FORECAST 

A hot afternoon would welcome the players in Jaipur.

HEAD TO HEAD

RR: 8

RCB: 8

BACKGROUND:

RR:

The remaining last round games in IPL 2018 hold considerable importance as it would play a key role in shaping up the points table, with two spots in the playoffs still up for grabs. In that scenario, the result of the first such game, between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, holds much significance.

The star hitter for the Royals, Jos Buttler has been called back to fulfil his national duty and it would be interesting to watch the play Rajasthan plays without him on their side.

RCB:

The RCB have shown a great turn around, they are still alive in the tournament and considering the fact that their run rate is in positive, RCB still have a chance to make it to the playoffs.

They have worked pretty well on their pitfalls and they are progressing as a force to reckon.

TEAM NEWS:

RR:

  • Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have flown to England.
  • Heinrich Klaasen and D Arcy Short might fill in their shoes.

Probable XI:

D’Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni/Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat

RCB:

  • RCB is expected to field the same playing combination.
  • There are no reports of injuries.
    Probable XI:

Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

OUR PREDICTION:

Jos Buttler was a cardinal part for the side of Rajasthan Royals. His absence would certainly impact the team as it has again become lack-lustre. On the other hand, RCB has emerged stronger and have got back to their winning ways.

Thus the visitors walk in as favourites.