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Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview


A couple of weeks ago the Royals were top of the table and the Royal Challengers were at the foot, but both of their fortunes have experienced a complete turnaround. The Royals have lost four in a row, while the Challengers have won their last six, making them firm favourites for the win. Kohli is in the form of his life and he alone could clinch this for the Challengers.
  • Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview
  • Head-to-Head
  • Rajasthan Royals Form
  • Rajasthan Royals Team News
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore Form
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli has scored 70*, 42, 92, 27 & 47 in his last 5 innings.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Faf du Plessis scored 54 off 39 balls in the win over the Chennai Kings.
  • Rajasthan Royals’ Riyan Parag has scored 77, 27, 47* & 48 in his last 4 innings.
  • Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson has scored 71* & 86 in his last 5 innings.

Head-to-Head


The Rajasthan Royals have won three of the last five matches between the two sides, including the group match in April. The Royal Challengers have won two of the last three matches against the Rajasthan Royals.  

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Royals started the season with eight wins from their first nine matches. They then lost their next four matches, before their last match was rained-out. 

Their last match action saw them lose to the Punjab Kings by five wickets with seven balls in hand. The Royals were restricted to 144/9 off their 20 overs, Riyan Parag top-scoring with 48 off 34 balls.

The Kings raced to the win with seven balls to spare, despite good bowling from Avesh Khan (2/28) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/31).

Rajasthan Royals Team News


The loss of Jos Buttler to England’s T20 World Cup squad is major, especially as the electric Yashasvi Jaiswal has gone off the boil. Sanju Samson’s form is sporadic, although he is a danger, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore has yet to find his feet as Buttler’s stand-in. Rovman Powell and Shimron Hetmyer are also both short of runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore Form


The Royal Challengers qualified for the playoffs in style, winning their last six matches in a row. Their last group match saw them face-off with defending champs the Chennai Super Kings… with the winner claiming the last playoff place.

Royal Challengers got off to a brilliant start, with the top four all making 38 or more. Faf du Plessis top-scored with 54 off 39 balls as the Challengers posted 218/5 off their 20 overs.

The Challengers had the Super Kings in trouble at 19/2 in the third over and they were always behind the asking rate. They ended on 191/7 off their 20 overs. Yash Dayal (2/42) was the pick of the Challengers bowlers   

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News


The Challengers have Kohli and Du Plessis in superb form, while Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green and Dinesh Karthik are waiting in the wings to make hay in the final overs or to rebuild after a top-order collapse. Yash Dayal has been exceptional with the ball and is a big threat to the struggling Rajasthan batters.

Verdict

I am backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to win. I am also backing Virat Kohli to top score for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Riyan Parag is a good bet to top score for the Rajasthan Royals.
      
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