|Match Date:||2nd April, Tuesday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||28,000|
|Match Venue:||Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur|
The Match 14 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL 2019) will see Rajasthan Royals welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Both the teams have failed to perform well in the first three matches and are rooted at the wrong end of the league table. If they are to make it to the playoffs, it is high time they start winning matches.
Here is the complete analysis of the Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match:
|Key Players in form||RR- Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer|
RCB- AB de Villiers
|Weather Conditions||29℃, 16% Humidity, Winds up to 5 km/hr. No rains.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting first has won three of the five times last season at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. However, traditionally, the team chasing has won 26 out of the 40 games. Thus the winner of the toss should choose to bowl first.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, mostly Batting-Friendly. However, a hint of grass on pitch might assist the pacers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 158|
Highest Total (2018): 176/4 (CSK)
Last Match: KXIP 184/4 | RR 170/9
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 72 m, Down Boundary: 82 m, Back Boundary: 62 m|
|Injury Updates||RR – Australian cricketer Ashton Turner was absent due to international duty for Australia. However, he has joined the camp and may feature for RR, most probably in the place of an out-of-form Steven Smith.|
RCB – Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis may also feature for RCB having returned to their camp recently.
|Home Advantage||Rajasthan Royals|
|Head-to-Head||RR 9 – 8 RCB (2 No Result)|
|Form||RR- L W L W W|
RCB- L L L L L
|Playing11||RR Playing11 :|
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron.
RCB Playing11 :Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prayas Ray Burman, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
RR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction 2019
If there is one word that can define Rajasthan Royals‘ disappointing season so far it has to be – UNLUCKY. They arguably didn’t do much wrong in any of the first three IPL matches. The outcome could have been different in the first match against KXIP had a set Jos Buttler not been Mankaded by R Ashwin. Then against SRH, they set a massive target of 198/2 and almost defended it by reducing the hosts at 167/5. However, their inability to dismiss tail-enders Rashid Khan and Yusuf Pathan cost them the match. The story was same against CSK, where they lost by only 8 runs.
The one thing that has been letting down is bowling. Jaydev Unadkat, one of 2018 IPL auction’s costliest Indians, is having a nightmare start to the campaign. His figures of 0/44 (in 3 overs), in the first three matches respectively has been a major reason for the team’s defeats. With others fellow bowlers doing relatively well, Unadkat clearly needs some off time to reconsider his strategy. In the meantime, the team could hand another talented Varun Aaron a break in the match against an out-of-form RCB team.
As for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, it seems that they have got their calculations wrong in the team building. The team has visibly seems short of quality resources when it comes to batting.
They let Quinton de Kock join Mumbai Indians and traded out Mandeep Singh to Kings XI Punjab in place for a Marcus Stoinis who is not expected to feature in IPL until he completes his international duties. He is also expected to leave early for the preparation of World Cup 2019 further reducing his playing time at RCB.
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— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 1, 2019
The franchise was expected to bring in established players in the Auctions. But they blowed away a big chunk of money (₹ 9.2 crores to be precise) on just two players – Shimron Hetmyer and Shivam Dube. It now seems to be an ill-advised decision as neither has been able to have even a hit of promise in their initial matches.
Going by their initial impressions, it feels like another wasted season for RCB.
Rajasthan Royals should easily open their account against an out-of-form Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have a much better and balanced squad and the home advantage.
The pitch at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is completely favourable for batting. Thus, choosing more batsmen and all-rounders would be recommended. Among bowlers, try to choose spinners although Jofra Archer is a must.
RR vs RCB Dream11 Team 1
Jos Buttler (WK), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Dhawal Kulkarni.
RR vs RCB Dream11 Team 2
Jos Buttler (WK), AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Colin de Grandhomme, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav.