Bangalore vs Rajasthan Preview
The two teams who were a bit late to the party when it comes to notching up those wins, Rajasthan and Bangalore are not the favorites when it comes to talking about the teams that would qualify for the eliminators. But at the same time, the two sides have an outside chance which makes this match a very high stake encounter.
Delhi thwarted Bangalore’s momentum in the last game otherwise it did seem that they have strung together decent momentum recently. The team does seem to have found a proper balance, and the fast bowlers have bowled with a lot more maturity. Couple that with AB and Virat’s consistency and you’ve seen Bangalore bring some respectability to its campaign.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, has benefited from Rahane 2.0 who has been in sublime touch ever since a load of captaincy was taken off him. The form of the youngster Riyan Parag is a massive plus for the team as it gives the lower middle order a decent boost. With the fate of both the sides hanging on this encounter, we could see some sparks flying during this encounter.
Form Guide (WWLWL)
Livingstone was a surprisingly positive for Rajasthan as he complimented Rahane at the opening slot. The team does look pretty balanced and has a lot of depth now. They might go ahead with the same squad as well.
The player under the spotlight
Even though squads are getting announced left right and center, one thing that people might be forgetting is that these are still nothing but provisional squads and the teams could even make changes at the last minute, and the most significant question mark for the Indian team is the No.4 slot. Ajinkya Rahane with his recent form has put down his name in the reckoning if the team management ever has second thoughts. He would surely be looking to ramp it up a bit now.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahana, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Form Guide (LWWWL)
The loss of Dale Steyn was not the greatest of news for Bangalore. He had galvanized the fast bowling unit and was really one of the more inspired choices for the team. If he’s still not fit then should Shimron Hetmyer get a chance? He’s a legitimate star in ODIs already, should he be given another go?
The player under the spotlight
With the league games almost coming to a close, slowly but steadily the inevitable fact of not seeing AB again for a long time kicks in. AB hasn’t had a vintage year by any counts but it has still seen some flashes of the AB of old. Not seeing him play the World Cup or international cricket is a bitter pill to swallow but we try to enjoy whatever we have on offer here.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sunder
We could expect a score in the range of 180, the pitch might be a bit slower, but it’s still conducive to stroke-play so we could get some big runs from them.
Bangalore vs Rajasthan Prediction
RR has more balance and more depth while RCB has quite a few trump cards in their side. RR hold the advantage here because of better stability in different departments.
Rajasthan Royals to Win @ 2.10 at William Hill
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