Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have not enjoyed victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the M. Chinnaswamy since 2013 and will have to overcome some red-hot form from the visitors to end such a drought, particularly with the latter in pursuit of a fourth playoffs appearance in five years.
Death over bowling has been RCB’s kryptonite in 2019. Bangalore are conceding nearly 12 runs per over throughout the final four overs of the game, and the 56 runs scored by Delhi in their final four overs in the last game ended up killing off any chance of a miraculous playoffs tilt.
It is certainly something that RCB would need to improve sharply upon when coming up against a side who are gradually learning to remain cool under pressure, having successfully completed their last three chases. With RCB having won their last three matches when batting first, it’ll be a fascinating contest should they be the ones to set a total here.
RR themselves continue to be expensive in the death overs, and their fielding has let them down on far too many occasions, with misfields and overthrows costing them an almost crucial 20 runs in the win against Hyderabad.
The coin toss has certainly helped RR’s late charge, with Steve Smith winning five of the last six and also winning the match on all five occasions. Kohli hasn’t had such luck, winning the toss only three times – and with RCB having won just 46.67% of home matches when losing the toss (the second-worst win rate of all current franchises), he’ll be very keen for Smith to make the wrong call here.
With the Royals since having won the last three H2H meetings, RCB will want to return to the 2015 form which saw them complete a double against RR in addition to posting 200 in an abandoned match.
RCB vs RR T20 – Probable XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Marcus Stoinis, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (C), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas
RCB vs RR T20 – Probable XI
AB de Villiers’ (RCB) T20 average of 37 rises to 43.92 when batting against RR, having compiled seven half-centuries in just 16 innings.
Shreyas Gopal (RR) has collected nine wickets in three matches against RCB at a very miserly economy rate of just 4.17 runs per over.
RCB vs RR T20 – Stat Attack
The average powerplay score of 53.6 at the M. Chinnaswamy is the highest of all 2019 venues (as of Monday morning).
Ajinkya Rahane has been involved in two of the five highest partnerships in this year’s tournament (as of Monday morning). RCB have won just three of their last ten matches as a home favourite.