Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Rajasthan Royals in match number 11 of the Indian Premier League at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Both teams go into the match with a mixed bag, having won one and lost one. Having won their previous encounters, they would be keen to continue their winning momentum.
Bangalore would be pleased with their effort in the previous game where they overcame the Kings XI Punjab. The two South Africans in the team, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, stood up with the bat for the team. What they would want now is runs from the rest.
RCB’s prolific skipper, Virat Kohli, has been surprisingly subdued. But, Bangalore wouldn’t be too worried about him, as he hardly fails for more than a couple of matches. Brendon McCullum and Sarfaraz Khan fell for ducks in the previous game, and that’s the kind of collapse they need to avoid.
Bangalore would be extremely pleased with the bowling of pacer Umesh Yadav. The manner in which he ripped through the Punjab bowling demonstrated a new dimension to the game. Yadav found good support in Washington Sundar. The others were a bit expensive, but Yuzvendra Chahal will be expected to lift his game.
Rajasthan Royals got lucky in their last game, as rain gave them an upper hand against Delhi Daredevils. Defending 71 in six overs, proved to be rather simple for them. Having said that, Rajasthan have some work to do, particularly in the batting department.
In the game against Delhi, Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane gave good account of himself with a fluent 40. Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler also chipped in which 37and 29 respectively. But, they need someone who can play the blitzkrieg innings, which has been missing so far.
Against Sunrisers, the RR bowlers were clueless defending a small score and against Delhi, they only sent down six overs. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Royals bowling hasn’t been properly tested as of now. That could change against RCB.
Played 17. Bangalore won 8, Rajasthan won 7; no result: 2 matches
Head-to-head at Bangalore
Played 7. Bangalore won 2, Rajasthan won 3; no result: 2 matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, Corey Anderson, Murugan Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary, Colin de Grandhomme, Quinton de Kock (W), Pavan Deshpande, AB de Villiers, Aniruddha Joshi, Sarfaraz Khan, Kulwant Khejroliya, Brendon McCullum, Mandeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Manan Vohra, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav
Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Gowtham Krishnappa, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Shreyas Gopal, MS Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Jatin Saxena, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Dushmanta Chameera