Until the best possible start with three trot victories, confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to keep a juggernaut when they fight Rajasthan Royals in IPL match here on thursday.
Both sides have so far endured contrasting campaigns.
RCB join the game after three victories raising morale. The They grow kohliDefensive champions Mumbai Indians finished in the opening of the tournament before beating Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to jump to the top of the points table.
On the other hand, the royals managed to win only one of their three races. They lost to Chennai Super Kings in their previous game to slip into sixth place. Sanju Samson and his men will watch a second victory.
The grand pianos struggled to present themselves as a cohesive unit. While Samson led the team to a short distance victory with his sensational century against the Punjab Kings, the duo of David Miller and Chris Morris from South Africa won against the capital Delhi.
Against CSK, opener Joss Butler it looked dangerous, but the other batsmen failed to provide valuable contributions. To deal with the former champions, the country must click like cotton wool, with Samson and the Englishman playing key roles.
The bowls of the Royals are the least striking, apart from the game against Delhi Capitals, the bowlers have expired. Pacer Jade’s uncut flashed against Rishabh Pant on the driver’s side, recording impressive 3/15 figures, while young Chetan Sakaria showed promise.
In the absence of Joffre Archer, more will be expected from people like Chris Morris and Bangladesh Mustafizur Rahman.
For RCB, Ab de Villiers and newly appointed Glenn Maxwell were the excellent players with the willow. While South Africa continues to deliver season after season, the Australian station wagon is proving to be a valuable addition to the midfield.
Kohli has decent starts in a few games, but the mascot captain will itch you to play a big inning. The young Devdut Padikal, who impressed everyone last season, also looked rusty and will still reach his full potential. After two setbacks, Rajat Patidar will also try to make amends.
RCB’s bowling department is impressive with the speeds of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj boasting 5.75 and 5.81 respectively.
The first one took the rabbit out of the hat with a 5-wicket fight against MI, while the left-handed Shahbaz Ahmed (3/7) changed the complexion of the match by only one against Sunrisers.
In an interesting move, RCB played only three foreigners instead of four in the game against KKR. It will be interesting to see if they go for a similar XI game or get into a similar foot spinner Adam Zampa, step Kane Richardson or the experienced station wagon Daniel Christian, who did not impress with the bat or the ball, back in the team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra sighed, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Dan Christian, KS Bharath, Suyashi, Pray , Suyash Sams and Harshal Patel.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joss Butler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tevatiya, Mahipal Lomror, Shreas Gopal, Mayanka Marka Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
The match starts at 19.30.