About the Match
The Challengers annihilated the Daredevils in the previous match to win the contest by 10 wickets and made a comeback into the tournament after a series of disappointing losses; they will now go up against Rajasthan Royals on 29th April at Bangalore. The home team has 6 points and are in the number four spot while the Royals stand tall with 11 points, leading the pack; both sides will come out all guns blazing and it surely be an evenly fought contest provided the rain gods allow a full game.
They had lost their previous encounter against RCB at the very same venue and will be looking for revenge here; while the top order is in good shape, the middle order must come out all guns blazing to post a defendable total if batting first or chase with conviction. The bowlers had not found success last time around and they will be hunting down the Challengers with a combination of pace, swing and spin. Their last game against KKR was washed away by rain and the upcoming contest will be a test of nerves for this unit; they haven’t tasted success for almost ten days now with their last victory coming against CSK, wherein Rahane and Watson had posted 70+ runs to successfully chase down 157 and win the match by 8 wickets. Bowlers Faulkner, Tambe, Chris Morris and Ankit Sharma had all taken a wicket each to restrict the opposition to a low total but they will need to sharpen their skills to get the better of batsmen like Gayle and Kohli, who are presently in great form.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Mitchell Starc found his rhythm yet again as he picked up 3-20 to demolish the Delhi batting line-up; along with Varun Aaron, who took 2 wickets and David Wiese, who also claimed 2 wickets giving away 18 runs, the bowlers kept the pressure on the opposition and bowled them out for the lowest total of 95 this season. Kohli and Gayle looked confident to score a thumping victory and they reach the target within 11 overs without a sweat with Kohli scoring 35 off 23 and Gayle posting a brilliant 62 off 40 deliveries. The duo smashed away fours with ease and Gayle meted out a huge six to humiliate the Daredevils on home soil. The upcoming match against the Royals will be a test of their consistency with bat and ball and they need to dominate the table toppers right from the first ball. In the last match against the Royals, RCB pulled off a convincing win by 9 wickets and they will be confident going into the middle on Wednesday too; Starc will be key to the squad while bowlers like Chahal, Patel, Abdulla and Wiese will provide variety to the attack. The combination of Kohli, Gayle and AB de Villiers makes this team a tough one to beat especially on home turf.
The Royals suffered defeat in the last two matches and will be eager to go back to their winning ways; however, RCB has pulled off convincing victories recently and with the home advantage, clearly has the upper hand to win the match on Wednesday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.90 @ Bet365