RR vs RCB will be the thirty-third match of the Indian T20 League as both the teams seek to find consistency with one eye on the playoffs. While a third-placed Bangalore have seen some things go their way so far, Rajasthan have had little hope. However, Rajasthan edge Bangalore in terms of head-to-head, winning 10 of the 22 encounters between them and losing nine.
Rajasthan have won three of their last five face-offs with Bangalore, while one match has ended in a draw. And the seventh-placed team will be desperate to extend that streak on Saturday’s early match.
Ben Stokes vs Virat Kohli
With captain Steven Smith out of confidence, Rajasthan needed someone to take the onus at the top of the order and Ben Stokes couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Though opening with the English all-rounder was questioned by many, Stokes proved his critics wrong with a steady 35-balls 41 against Delhi before a middle-order collapse saw Rajasthan lose by 13 runs.
Virat Kohli has regained his form and intensity in Bangalore colours. His last five scores read 72*, 43, 90*, 33* and 48 and Bangalore have won four of those matches. After a close defeat against Punjab, Kohli will be eager to bounce back and he knows only one way of doing it.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
Jos Buttler’s cameo against Delhi had gotten everyone at the edge of their seats and Rajasthan fans cannot wait to see the Englishman in action again. Opening alongside Stokes, Buttler had scored 22 off just nine balls, which had three boundaries and a six. While Anrich Nortje scalped his wicket early in the last match, he is expected to go the distance against RCB.
Virat Kohli has full confidence in Australian skipper Aaron Finch, which is evident from the long rope the muscular opener has been getting in Bangalore. The batsman hasn’t been totally disappointing either, scoring 191 runs in eight matches that has one 50 as well.
Chris Morris is turning out to be quite a buy for Bangalore. Despite getting a late entry into the first team, Morris has managed to make an impression with the ball – taking five wickets in three matches with an economy of 4.83. If that wasn’t enough, the South African showed his brutal batting against Punjab by scoring 25 runs in eight balls that included one boundary and three sixes.
Rajasthan: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat
Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, AB de Villers, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
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