It’s a battle of the basement in the Indian Premier League season 12 with Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fighting out in Jaipur on Tuesday. Both sides have lost all their three games and have been second best in all departments.
Virat Kohli will be leading RCB for the 100th time, but the pressure of improving his side overwhelms the joy. Ajinkya Rahane’s side have been at the wrong end of individual brilliances and misfortunes.
All three RR losses were marked by one incident or the other. Be it the Jos Buttler ‘Mankading’ or the superlative SRH performance or the tight loss to Super Kings in Chennai. The Royals have been falling short of the winning line.
Even the individual performances have been below par. Jaydev Unadkat has been very expensive, while Ben Stokes has disappointed with both bat and the ball. Holding Rahul Tripathi down the order has not really helped.
Batting was supposed to be RCB’s forte, but scoring 70 against CSK and then 113 against SRH underlined their struggles. The last-ball thriller against Mumbai was sandwiched in between these games, but overall, they have been very poor.
Only Yuzvendra Chahal has impressed with the ball, while the others have struggled to contain the runs. More importantly, after that mauling at the hands of Sunrisers, their mindset will be questioned.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jos Buttler has had just one poor game so far, but has historically been aggressive with the bat. He is due a big score even though he has stroked at 155.55 and should be a good pick for your side.
AB de Villiers has a SR of 150.94, but is yet to play a good knock worthy of his name. RCB need him to play that and that could be a cue to be your fantasy pick.
Ben Stokes has 68 runs in the season at a SR of 183.78. With the ball too, he has been disappointing with an ER of 11.80. Time to change the script? Most likely!
RR: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (C) 2 Jos Buttler (WK) 3 Sanju Samson 4 Ashton Turner 5 Ben Stokes 6 Rahul Tripathi 7 K Gowtham 8 Jofra Archer 9 Dhawal Kulkarni 10 Varun Aaron 11 Shreyas Gopal
RCB: 1 Parthiv Patel (WK) 2 Moeen Ali 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 AB de Villiers 5 Shimron Hetmyer 6 Shivam Dube 7 Nathan Coulter-Nile 8 Prayas Barman 9 Yuzvendra Chahal 10 Umesh Yadav 11 Mohammed Siraj
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