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Royal Challengers B’lore vs Rajasthan Royals: Match Preview

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IPL’s match number 49 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their last game against Delhi Capitals by 16 runs. Half-centuries from Dhawan and Iyer helped Delhi’s cause as none of Bangalore’s batsmen scores big in their run chase. They sit at the bottom of the IPL’s point table.

Rajasthan Royals won their last game Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets. Good batting performances from the top four of Rajasthan’s batting lineup helped the team get past Hyderabad’s total. They sit seventh on the points table with 10 points.

Form

Royal Challengers Bangalore – LWWWL

Bangalore has caught up with some good form of late. The team has played some good cricket with large credit due to de Villiers and Kohli. They are the pillars of this team and RCB’s success is highly dependant on these two players.

Rajasthan Royals – LWLWW

Rajasthan also started the season poorly but have turned their form around lately. Stripping Rahane of captaincy has helped all the parties involved. Rahane seems to be playing better with no captaincy pressure on him. Smith playing better with captaincy pressure on him. It has helped Rajasthan to win four of their last six games.

Stadium

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Probable Lineups

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen/Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Mann, Marcus Stoinis, Tim Southee/Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (C), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron

Key Player

AB de Villiers (RCB)

Superman of Cricket is the key player for any team he plays in the world. At their home stadium, a lot will be expected of de Villiers and he is likely to make good use of those short boundaries. He has been in great form lately.

Sanju Samson (RR)

Samson is a lad full of talent. He has a good record at Bangalore’s ground. Samson will be a key for Rajasthan as his stroke making and lofts can help the team going even in the middle overs. He has been in good touch as well.

Best Fantasy Team

Keeper – Samson

Batsmen – Rahane, Kohli, de Villiers, Smith, Turner

All Rounder – Stoinis, Binny

Bowler – Thomas, Saini, S Gopal

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