A thumping win over defending champions Mumbai Indians boosting their confidence, Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to construct on the momentum after they tackle a struggling Rajasthan Royals of their Indian Premier League match right here on Wednesday.
The Virat Kohli-led RCB are at present at third spot with 12 factors from 10 matches and a win over RR will nearly put them within the play-offs.
Alternatively, with eight factors from 10 matches, it is going to be a make-or-break outing for RR as a loss on Wednesday can put them in a decent state of affairs of their bid for a last-four berth.
RCB didn’t have one of the best of begins after the IPL‘s resumption as they misplaced two consecutive matches, together with the forgettable nine-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders the place they made simply 92 runs.
They have been then outplayed by Chennai Tremendous Kings although Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal got here good with 53 and 70 respectively.
The earlier match in opposition to MI, nevertheless, gave them their first win after the IPL’s resumption with Kohli hitting his second consecutive fifty — 51 — and Maxwell additionally coming good (37-ball 56).
Kohli, who’s stepping down from RCB captaincy after this season, would look to proceed his good type.
South African legend AB de Villiers, alternatively, wants a giant one after scores of 0, 12, 11 whereas Maxwell will likely be eager to remain in good contact with the T20 World Cup not far.
On the bowling entrance, Harshal Patel is the star with six wickets from three matches, together with a hat-trick within the final match, and Yuzvendra Chahal can be in wonderful type with 5 dismissals.
A little bit of fear is New Zealand quick bowler Kyle Jamieson, who has not taken any wicket from the 2 matches he has performed to this point.
Rajasthan, alternatively, have been outplayed by their respective opponents of their final two matches after successful their first recreation by two runs.
Apart from captain Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal, a lot of the RR batsmen are struggling.
Lone ranger Samson hit 70 and 82 after scoring 4 runs within the first match however different batsmen have let the group down.
In Monday’s match in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad, it was Samson once more who took his facet to 164 for five with a well-calculated 82 on a sticky wicket the place stroke-making was troublesome.
Nonetheless, the rating proved inadequate as RR misplaced by seven wickets, which dented their play-off possibilities as they remained on the sixth spot with eight factors.
Amongst bowlers, Kartik Tyagi (3 wickets), Chetan Sakariya (4 wickets) and Mustafizur Rahman (3 wickets) have finished fairly effectively for the facet.
The Groups (From):
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Child, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis, David Miller, Chris Morris, Oshane Thomas, Mustafizur Rahaman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chetan Sakariya, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, KC Cariappa, Yashashvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldip Yadav, Mahipal Lomror.
Match Begins at 7:30pm.