RR vs RCB preview highlights:
- Match number 14 of the IPL will be played at 8:00 pm on April 2, Tuesday
- The match will be played at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium with the toss and team news to come in at 7:30 pm. Star Sports 1, 2, Select 1, Hindi/HD will be broadcasting the clash
- Both the sides are only sides to yet win a match this season, occupying the 7th and 8th place in the group table respectively
RR vs RCB preview
Languishing at the bottom of the table, the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore face each other today in a match that holds massive ramifications for both the sides. The only two sides yet to put on points in the table, sitting 7th and 8th in the team standings respectively, both the franchisees have endured a horrid beginning to the IPL and they’ll be looking for a change of fortunes at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium today.
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For the home side, the tournament has been more about misses and closing matches at important stages than about failing as a unit. They’ve lost two edges of the seat thrillers on the bounce, with their most recent defeat against the CSK by 8 runs coming after they failed to score 12 runs in Bravo’s final over, giving away 2 wickets while managing only 3 runs.
Come April 2, the hosts will be looking to embed the much-needed composure that the side has been lacking and look for a performance of increased fortitude from the middle-order. While the batting has seen sublime individual performances, the collective team effort is yet missing with big names like Rahane and Smith among others failing to make it count in the first 3 games.
A much bigger problem though for the home side in their bowling department. It’s one that has offered absolutely nothing to the opposition, with the pace battery having inclement names in it like Unadkat and Kulkarni. It’s been all too easy to blast part these languishing bowlers and if Kohli and AB de Villiers set their eyes in the middle, any score can be achieved for RCB.
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Despite all the problem RR face, they’ll be glad knowing the identity of their opposition lies in RCB, a side that has been the biggest failure till now in the tournament. After an opening match which saw the batting order fall apart for just 70 runs, their previous encounter against SRH saw the side fold out yet again for a low total, being dismissed for just 113 to lose by 118 runs and pummel to the bottom of the table with a sordid net run rate of -2.4.
The Virat Kohli side has huge issues and its time they started coming together as a collective unit to address those issues and work out on a successful game plan. The return of Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile to their setup will give the side a huge boost, especially in the bowling department.
With the average first innings score at the venue being 169, the toss hardly has a huge effect on the match with the side chasing winning 3 times as opposed to the 2 wins recorded by the side batting first in the last 5 matches here. Expect it to be another good batting surface today.
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RR vs RCB preview – Head to head record RR Vs RCB
- In the 17 matches the two sides have squared off till date, RR holds the slightest of the edge over RCB, having won 9 times as opposed to the visiting units 8 wins.
- At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, both teams have a similar record with 3 wins each. In the last fixture played on this venue in 2018, RR defended a score of 164 and defeated the Virat Kohli-led side by 30 runs.
RR vs RCB preview – Last five completed T20 matches
RR – L, L, L, L, W
RCB – L, L, L, L, W
Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News
Ashton Turner has joined the Royals’ squad.
Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile have rejoined RCB’s side.
RR vs RCB preview – Probable playing 11 and squads
RR playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes
RCB playing 11: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi
Royal Challengers Bengaluru: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.