The Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash in a virtual knockout in Match 53 of VIVO IPL 2018. Both teams have 12 points from 13 matches, and only a win can keep them in the race to the playoffs.
The Rajasthan Royals were in a woeful position about a month into the tournament; they had only three wins from nine matches and were facing elimination. However, they have since turned around their fortunes and are in with a fair shot of progressing to the next stage. For that to happen, they need to turn in a far better performance than their crash-and-succumb show in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders; at Kolkata on Tuesday night, RR lost all ten for 82 runs to be bundled out for 142 in 19 overs, and allowed their opponents to chase down the runs in 18 overs. RR’s net run rate took a beating as an outcome of that result; their NRR is -0.403. For RR to stay in the playoff race, first and foremost they need a win, and thereafter they need to improve their poor net run rate in case it comes down to NRR being the deciding factor.
RR’s challenge is compounded further because two of their experienced players – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes – have had to part ways with the team to join up with their national team commitments. Buttler was at the heart of RR’s revival of fortunes, and his departure is a massive blow. How RR address the void caused by his departure remains to be seen.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will believe they are peaking at the right time. They have three back-to-back wins going into this contest and must be brimming with confidence. Two of those three wins were clinical performances and team efforts, while the win against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match was set up by some brilliant batting. RCB have a pretty good net run rate going into this match; if they get the better of their opponents in this match, there’s a good chance that should be sufficient to take them to the next stage.
When: May 19, 04:00 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The average first innings total in the 4 VIVO IPL 2018 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 156.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||13|
|Matches won bowling first||26|
|Average 1st Inns scores||156|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||142|
|Highest total recorded||197/1 (20 Ov) by RR vs RCB|
|Lowest total recorded||92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR|
|Highest score chased||197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC|
|Lowest score defended||151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||17|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||8|
|Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore||8|
Head to Head at Jaipur
|Total Matches Play||5|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||2|
|Won by Royal Challengers Bangalore||3|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals: L W W W L
Royal Challengers Bangalore : W W W L L
Jos Buttler & Ben Stokes have been summoned home to join their national team in England to prepare for the forthcoming test series against Pakistan.
Heinrich Klaasen can come in place of Jos Buttler
D’Arcy Short or Ben Laughlin for Stokes, depending on whether the leadership team want to bolster the batting or the bowling.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
They are not looking for any changes they do not have any injury issues to deal with – all their players seem to be fit and raring to go. The current eleven is working out perfectly for them.
Rajasthan Royals : Ajinkya Rahane (c), Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera
Royal Challengers Bangalore : Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Quinton de Kock, Chris Woakes, Manan Vohra, Brendon McCullum, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande
Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short / Ben Laughlin , Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni/Anureet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
AB de Villiers
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Head to head: both teams are at a stalemate, with eight victories in 17 IPL matches.
- Yuzvendra Chahal is the only bowler in the RCB attack that Heinrich Klaasen has faced in T20s. And his record is dominant: 41 runs in 12 balls.
- Umesh has been excellent in the Powerplay in IPL 2018. He has 13 wickets and goes at 6.75 an over. However, his record against Rahul Tripathi, who is Royals’ opener and thus will bat in the Powerplay, isn’t too favourable. Off the 17 balls he has faced from Umesh, Tripathi has slammed 39 runs without being dismissed.
- Kohli has a stuttering record in Jaipur. In five IPL matches at the venue, he has 104 runs with a top score of 39 not out.
Fantasy pick for Dream 11
Cap / Vc – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane
If you want to take rish for grand league go with Ben Laughlin & Heinrich Klassen