In the battle between the bottom-placed, Royal Challengers Bangalore play Rajasthan Royals in Bengaluru. If RR wins the match, they will move to the 5th place behind Sunrisers, however, a win for RCB will still keep them placed at the bottom of the table.
RCB were outdone by Delhi Capitals on Sunday, which has almost ousted them from the running for a place in the qualifiers. RR, on the other hand, are on a two-match winning streak and if they defeat RCB, they will make a hat-trick of a win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Probable XI): Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Rajasthan Royals (Probable XI): Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (WK), Steve Smith (C), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas.
Virat Kohli vs Shreyas Gopal
The best modern-day batsman, and arguably the best batsman ever to have played limited overs cricket, RCB captain Virat Kohli leads the batting-order for RCB. In his 12-year IPL career, Virat has played 174 matches and has participated in 167 innings with an average of 38.09 and a strike-rate of 131.06. He further has 5 centuries to his name along with 36 half-centuries and with 5371 IPL career runs, he is the leading run-getter in IPL history.
The Karnataka leg-spinner, Shreyas Gopal, has been one of the consistent performers for Rajasthan this season. With an economy rate of 7.30, Shreyas has scalped 15 wickets in 12 matches. Overall, in his IPL career, he has played 29 matches and picked 33 wickets with a healthy economy rate of 7.55. His average is 21.33, while his S/R 16.93.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Ajinkya Rahane
The leg-break bowler from Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal, is the chief go-to bowler of RCB skipper Virat Kohli when he is in search for a wicket. Having already played in 81 IPL matches across 7 seasons, the former Chess player is an experienced campaigner who has had his fair share of success in the International Cricket as well.
With a total of 96 wickets in his 80 IPL innings, Chahal manages to pick up at least 1 wicket per match with an impressive S/R of 18.09, although his economy is a bit in the high range with 7.78. But it is primarily due to him being a leg-break bowler whom batsman try to charge and score runs quickly, and although this may be considered a weakness by many, but this is how he convinces batsmen to go after him and in the process lose the batsmen their wickets after mistiming the shots that are easily caught by the fielders in the deep.
Ajinkya Rahane has been the star performer with the bat for Rajasthan Royals. With a century and a half-century under his belt this season, Rahane has amassed 391 runs in 12 matches. With an S/R of 139.14, he averages 35.54 in IPL 12. Rahane has an overall average of 33.20 with 2 tons and 27 fifties in IPL. With an S/R of 122.01, Ajinkya has scored 3818 career runs in 131 innings.
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Bangalore is known to be a batsman’s paradise and the team who bats second are more certain to win the match. Dew will come into play and this is one of the reasons along with the small dimension of the Chinnaswamy that Team CricWizz predicts the team batting second will have an advantage over the other. However, the match can also be washed out as heavy rain is expected in Bangalore.
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