IPL 2018, 53rd Match, Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Saturday, May 19, 2018, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
It has been a long journey in this eleventh season of the IPL and finally we have finaly arrived at the last leg of its league stage. the Rajasthan Royals (RR) will host the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first game on Saturday in their own home ground in Jaipur. Play is scheduled to start at 04:00 pm IST.
This will be the last game for both the teams in the league stage. Equation is pretty much simple – Winner of this game remains in the race of playoffs, while the loser crashes out.
Rajasthan will be without the services of their two best players in this game – Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Both these star players are returning to England after finding a place in their Test squad. The two-match Test series between England and Pakistan starts from May 24.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers are on a high coming into this game with two back to back wins in a must win situation. They would like to win this game as well to throw their name in the race for playoffs which starts from Tuesday (May 22).
What change will this bring to the points table?
Both the teams have 12 points each while Royal Challengers Bangalore are placed at the fifth position compared to Rajasthan’s sixth with a better run rate. The winner of this game will make it to the top four, while the loser crashes out of the tournament. However, the winner will have to wait till the last match of this season on Sunday to see if they have qualified for the playoffs or not!
Head to Head Record:
Its Even Stevens between these two teams in the tournament so far. Both these teams have played 17 games against each other winning 8 games apiece. The other game was washed out. In their recent 5 games, both teams have won two games each with the other game washed out.
Favorites to win:
Royal Challengers Bangalore are favorites to win this game considering their all-round form in their recent games. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals sans Jos Buttler looks weak in the batting department.
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, D’Arcy Short, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock (wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (c), Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande