About the Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore with only 6 points from 3 wins out of 8 matches played so far, are facing a confident Rajasthan Royals, who have 10 points from 8 matches played, at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on 11th May. In the previous encounter at Abu Dhabi, it was a miserable show by the Royal Challengers in which batting first, they scored only 70 runs getting all-out and the Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets with 7 overs to spare. The Royal Challengers are in disarray, having lost the latest match against the Kings XI by a huge margin of 32 runs and are in a difficult situation presently.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Challengers are not consistent and seen always in a hurry to go for the shots from the first ball, which is proving to be the cause for their bad run so far and to come out of this bad patch, they have to change their tactics and be more disciplined in their batting. Gayle and Patel have been able to give good starts but others are not able to follow consistently. Winning the toss against the mighty Kings XI in their last match in the same venue, they restricted them to 198 for 8; all the bowlers did a good job with Chahal and Starc providing breaks at the right moment. However, chasing a tall target of 198 runs, their batsmen failed again; the top order collapsing one after other, except for a valiant effort by AB de Villiers, who put up some resistance with 53 runs off 26 balls but succumbed to the pressure of the asking rate without support from the other end. With such poor form and lack of determination, they will find it difficult to redeem themselves.
Rajasthan Royals outperformed the Challengers in all departments when they met earlier, scuttling them first for a paltry total which they shot out in 13 overs during which Tambe took 4 wickets. They have again created wonders when they inflicted defeat to Knight Riders who were cruising well at 121 no loss to 123 for 6 in a space of 8 balls and lost the match wherein Tambe did the 1st hat-trick of this IPL; and in their last match against Sunrisers, Watson almost got a hat-trick but the team lost unable to make 135, in which their batsmen failed to come to terms. Rajat Bhatia, Praveen Tambe and Watson are doing commendable jobs with the ball whereas Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Rahane are producing good partnerships except for the last match. Faulkner, Richardson and Binny are playing crucial role for the success of the team; they have to put behind the memory of the bitter loss against the lowly rated Sunrisers and maintain their winning momentum. They are maintaining a positive NRR of +0.204 and playing as a determined team with very good discipline and commitment.
The Royal Challengers need to make a comeback with a completely changed approach especially in batting; while Rajasthan Royals have everything going for them and are definitely better placed, RCB has a slight home advantage and looks hopeful to bounce back here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.66 @ Bet365