Sun 15 April 2018 4:00 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Rajasthan Royals
Bangalore

A Battle Royale!

On Sunday afternoon two ‘Royal families’ come head to head in Bangalore. In history when Royal dynasties lock horns on the battlefield the fight is usually ferocious – with neither side willing to yield an inch. Expect the same at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium when the Challengers take on Rajasthan in match 11 of IPL 2018…

After being defeated in their opening fixtures, both sides won their second matches and will be looking to build some momentum going into the rest of the tournament. A win for Rajasthan away to one of the pre tournament favourites will give their confidence another major jolt after their morale boosting and nerve jangling victory against Delhi either side of a downpour in Jaipur.

Many positives can be taken from that win – Royals fans enjoyed some fine batting from Samson, Rahane and Buttler. There was also some superb bowling under pressure from Kulkarni, Laughlin, Gowtham and Unadkat. Skipper Rahane marshalled his troops brilliantly in the field - and there were clear signs of masterful tactical interventions from Team Mentor Warne – opening the six over bowling challenge with a spinner for starters.

On the other hand, D’Arcy Short was again the unlucky victim of a run out and Ben Stokes went off like a firework before sadly succumbing to a big out swinger from Trent Boult. Both overseas stars will be hoping to get their 2018 IPL Campaigns well and truly off and running in this head to head.

However the Royals of the Rajasthan variety will be up against world class talent in RCB colours. The Bangalore outfit has arguably the most destructive top four in T20 cricket with Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers all capable of taking any bowling attack apart. The RCB bowling isn’t to be sniffed at either. Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes can all keep opposing batsman on their toes. In the spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal is well backed up by Washington Sundar. The latter was awarded the Man of the Series trophy for his heroics in the last Nidahas series in Sri Lanka.

Everything looks set for a Battle Royale. Let’s hope it’s a nail biter with Rahane’s Regiment coming through unscathed and able to gloriously hoist their flag on the ramparts of enemy territory. Rajasthan Royals have won three out of the five completed matches against the RCB at this ground, so the omens are good – Halla Bol!

Team News

RR

Rajasthan have signed New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi as replacement for injured Afghan spinner Zahir Khan, although he isn’t expected to feature in this upcoming clash. The Royals are unlikely to change their winning eleven from the last game.

RCB

There are no injury concerns for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as things stand and the selectors may well stick with the same line-up as last time round

Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)

Rajasthan Royals: W L L W L

Royal Challengers Bangalore: W L W L L

Toss Prediction for this fixture

The wicket at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium tends to offer help to the bowlers early on in the game. Taking that into account, and the fact that the teams fielding first have won more often here than losing in the recent past, the toss-winning skipper may be decide to bowl first.

RCB v RR Head to Head in Previous IPLs

The last time these two teams played each other was in the 2015 season when RCB won by 71 runs in the Eliminator to knock the Royals out of the tournament and break a few Rajasthan hearts...

RCB and Rajasthan Royals have played 15 completed matches against each other in the IPL with RCB leading the scoreline 8-7. It’s time to equalise things up!

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