The only two teams – Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – yet to win a game in Vivo IPL 2019 will be squaring off against each other at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday night. The starting week of the tournament has been disappointing for both Rajasthan and Bangalore as the two sides are reeling at the bottom spots in the ladder and are in desperate need of a win to resurrect their campaign.
RCB backing itself to come back stronger.
One of the biggest franchise in terms of fan power – RCB has once again started the campaign from the bottom spot. With three defeats in as many encounters, RCB is placed at bottom spot in the league standings. Boasting the firepowers of V Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moen Ali and Parthiv Patel in the batting ranks, RCB has failed to deliver on the most of the occasion.
The scenario is again the same – the overdependence on V Kohli and AB de Villiers. After folding up at mere 70 runs in the opener at MA Chidambaram, RCB got bowled out for 113 runs while chasing 231 runs total against SRH on Sunday. The same is the case in bowling, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, M Siraj, Moen Ali have looked off-colour in bowling.
The good news for RCB is that Marcus Stoinis and N Coulter-Nile are set to join the squad as the Australian duo is has left from UAE, after whitewashing Pakistan by 5-0 in the ODI series.
So, with a couple of changes in the playing 11, RCB will look to get back to returning ways with a win in Sawai Man Singh.
Royals gear up to turn the tides at their fortress.
Rajasthan Royals are gearing up for their second home encounter on Tuesday against RCB. They have played good cricket but it’s the luck which is not in their favour so far. In the first home game against Kings XI Punjab, it was Ashwin mankading R Buttler which proved out to be the turning point of the game as RR lost it by 14 runs.
In the second game against SRH, it was David Warner’s quickfire (69 of 37 balls) that overshadowed Sanju Samson’s unbeaten ton while in the last game against CSK, RR failed to pull off in the last over and succumbed to 8 runs defeat.
Sawai Man Singh Stadium: Pitch Report & Stats.
Like the first game between RR and KXIP, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur will assist batsmen more. Although there were some dry patches and some grassy areas on the pitch, it looks like a good wicket to bat on. The average first innings score at this venue in IPL is 156, so expect the side batting first to post a total between 160-180. Also, the chasing side has won more games at this venue so it won’t be of many surprises if the toss winning side elects to field first.
RR vs RCB Team News.
- Both the teams have lost their first three encounters and will surely undergo a couple of changes
- Marcus Stoinis and N Coulter Nile are set to join RCB squad as the duo has left from UAE, after whitewashing Pakistan by 5-0 in the ODI series
- RCB hasn’t tested Tim Southee so far and he is also in contention for tomorrow’s game
- C de Grandhomme, Moen Ali, Shivam Dube and Mohd Siraj are in radar after failing to impress in the tournament so far
- Ashton Turner has arrived in Jaipur and is expected to strengthen RR’s middle order. He was taking part in the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE
- Jaidev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni might get axed from tomorrow’s playing XI.
My Dream 11 pick :
Jos Buttler - (C)
AB de Villiers - (V/C)
Colin de Grandhomme
My Money is on RR!