Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the bottom of the point table with four wins, whereas Rajasthan Royals are just above RCB with five wins. After getting demolished on the first half of the season, both teams have managed to get the momentum to have a slight way to the playoffs in the last week of VIVO IPL 2019 league stage.
RCB team strategies
RCB is hoping to qualify for the playoffs as the fourth team with 12 points. For this, they need to win remaining two matches with very big margins to improve their net run rate. Rajasthan Royals are having 10 points now. They have to win both the matches to qualify as the fourth team with 14 points. But both teams have to stay in belief that the other teams will perform inferior to them.
After Moeen Ali’s departure for English World Cup squad RCB has reshuffled its middle order batting line order, they have tried Shivam Dubey, Heinrich Klaasen, and Gurkeerat Singh at 4th, 5th, and 6th position batting order against Delhi Capitals. Unfortunately, the combination didn’t work well while chasing. So in tonight’s match, the team management may look for other options as they have nothing to lose now.
RR team strategies
Rajasthan Royals may go for one change in the team that defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. They see for a full-time fifth bowler who can bowl complete four overs. Before Parag Das and Stuart Binny shared a four-over spell. Both the bowlers are not that effective. They may look for a seam bowler Dhawal Kulkarni or local boy Lad K Gowtham.
RCB vs RR Rivalry
RCB and RR have a neck to neck rivalry. The two franchises have played 19 matches so far. RR has a little edge over RCB with ten wins, and RCB has won only eight matches. Since 2018, RR is unbeaten against RCB with three wins.
Players to watch
RCB’s winning is fully dependent on their top three batsmen. Parthiv, Virat, and AB. Parthiv has changed his gear to top gear and hitting hard in power play overs. He has scored 53, 43, and 39 runs in last three innings. He has played 137 IPL matches, and it is the first time he has scored 30s consecutive three times.
Virat Kohli has scored 423 runs so far, and it is the best score by any captain in IPL this season. He has made this much due to his comeback in the middle of the season. He has to score very high in remaining two matches for his team to qualify for the playoffs. Kohli has an average of 21.38 against RR, which is the lowest against any IPL team.
After reliving from captaincy, Ajinkya Rahane is playing in another level. He has scored 190 runs in four innings after leaving his captaincy. Livingstone was seen in very good touch in the last match. He had a destructive innings of 44 runs.
Sanju Samson is very inconsistency. But he has the talent to have sensational knocks. In the last match against SRH, he had a sensational innings of unbeaten 48 runs. Tonight we can expect the same performance against RCB.
You can keep watch on Navdeep Saini and Oshane Thomas in pace bowling category. In spin, you can consider Yuzvendra Chahal and Shreyas Gopal.
RCB vs RR Dream 11 prediction
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Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
VIVO IPL 2019 RCB vs RR
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar