24th April 2015




24th April, 2015 at 8:00 PM


Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad

Rajasthan Royals' five-match winning streak was broken by Kings XI Punjab in a Super-Over finish, but there is no denying that Royals are one of the more stable teams this season. Three of the top 10 economy rates belong to Royals, Ajinkya Rahane is fast enhancing his T20 credentials with five successive forty-plus scores, including three successive fifties, and the return of Shane Watson has added more firepower to their batting. Deepak Hooda and Steven Smith have pitched in with good contributions, but much of it has been built on a strong platform laid by the top order.

After a promising start to the season where they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore have gone back to their slow, inconsistent ways, losing three successive games at home. Not even a fifty from Virat Kohli and a fiery spell from a fit-again Mitchell Starc could drag them off the bottom of the table on Wednesday. And now they run into the table-toppers.

Players to watch out for -

Deepak Hooda
Dinesh Karthik
Mitchell Starc
Pravin Tambe

Stats and trivia

Four Royal Challengers bowlers have conceded more than 45 runs in an innings as compared to Royals' one

Royals have racked up 90-plus opening stands 11 times, more than any other T20 team in the world.


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