For Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals, it is simply a do-or-die encounter. The team that wins the match will most probably seal a playoff station for themselves. Rajasthan Royals track record in their home ground has been impressive this season. In the last four games, they have won three at home. skipper Ajinkya Rahane will hope that his team can once again make the most of the home ground advantage against the Kohli-led RCB sis that are flying sky-high on confidence at the moment. Jos Buttler has been gone back to England and will miss out on the match, it’s an only fact that might hurt RR. So the most probable opening pair would be Rahane and Rahul Tripathi.
Rajasthan Royals Predicted XI: D’Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Both the teams have 12 points from 13 games and today’s match will decide their fate in the ongoing season as a loss will be the end of the road for one of them. The last time when RR and RCB met, Rajasthan scored 217/4 batting first and stopped Bangalore at 198/6 to win the game by 19 runs. Bangalore displays a formidable batting line-up with the likes of Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Parthiv Patel and Moeen Ali, who came with an impressive show against Hyderabad on Thursday.
Bangalore’s batting, more or less, will once again lie on the shoulders of de Villers and Kohli, who have gathered 427 and 526 runs respectively so far. While Kohli failed against Hyderabad, de Villers blast 69 off 39 to help Bangalore post a massive total. RCB’s bowlers were unable to stop Manish Pandey (62 off 38), and Kane Williamson (81 off 42) before Mohammad Siraj bowl a fine last over, Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav will lead the pace attack once again while Siraj will be eyeing to continue with his last-match fantastic performance. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will showcase the variety of his hand