About the Match
Once again in this IPL season, we’d witness a Royal vs. Royals clash. The match would be played on 29th April 2013 at 4:00pm at Swai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. It is a crucial match for both the sides as things are getting a little too tighter at the top of the table and the difference between playoffs and bottom five could be just Net Run Rate not points. So far, the teams are going neck and neck. Placed at second and third place respectively, RCB and RR would love to win this one and inch closer to final four.
The form of Rajasthan Royals has been one of the most astonishing things of this IPL. They started as underdogs, but are now comfortably placed at third position with a game to go to match Chennai and RCB. The beauty of their game has been is that unlike RCB’s one man show, Chris Gayle, there has been team effort on most occasions. Dravid has provided ample support to Rahane and Binny with Watson playing a major role in last two games, his century, though, going in vain. James Faulkner joined them in this season and has really been a trump card. He is leading the race to the purple cap and his economy rate is brilliant. Without many big hitters, Rajasthan Royals are dependent on team work and have the potential to go the distance.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Chris Gayle’s brilliant 175 are still not forgotten. Having won that game so comfortably, RCB was expected to win their game against Mumbai Indians which didn’t happen. RCB has a strong batting lineup, but it is only up to number five. Their major problem has been the form to Dilshan who isn’t striking the ball as he’s used to. Their bowling problems were exposed when Mumbai took the attack to them. Also, bowling quick and short to Chris Gayle with odd full deliveries may keep him quiet as done by Indian’s bowlers.
In their recent encounter not long ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore got past Royals quite comfortably. Can Royal Challengers Bangalore do that again at their opponent’s home ground? It’s tougher than it sounds. Rajasthan Royals have been in terrific form and beating them at home has always been difficult. In addition to that, Shane Watson has scored a hundred and a 98 not out which shows his form. Faulkner has been excellent with the ball leading the purple cap list. Royals are favorites for me due to above mentioned reasons and for the fact that they are playing at their home ground and beating them there takes something big.
Rajasthan Royals, 2.30 @ Bet365