2 Apr 2019

RR Vs RCB: Match 14 Preview. Both Royals eye getting off the mark.

By cricinsane

Unfortunate happenings and utter disappointments is what has surrounded the fate of the two teams during the first week of this year’s IPL. Both sit at the bottom of the eight-team stack, having lost all their three games up until now, and both have been at the receiving end of controversial line-calls that potentially were game-changers. The narrative for one team will change on Tuesday, with the winner of the this “Battle Royal” picking up their first points of the season in Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium.RCB have seen the two extremes of the scoring spectrum so far, folding for 70 at a rank-turner in Chennai in the season opener and then conceding this edition’s record score of 231 just recently in Hyderabad. In between was a last-ball thriller against Mumbai Indians at home where the Virat Kohli-led team again ended on the wrong side of the result. Much to Virat Kohli’s frustration, his expensive foreign buys in Shimron Hetmyer and CDG have not shown any intent in their game and whether he will back them for continuity or bring back the experience of Southee or one of Coulter Nile or Stoinis to help team balance remains to be seen. The two Australians have only recently been added to the squad following their brilliant clean sweep of Pakistan in the Middle East and hence whether they will start right away remains doubtful indeed. Rajasthan Royals have been on an unlucky streak having lost all three games from a position they should have won. Blame the collapse against the KXIP after the famous Ashwin-Butler face-off or the inability to defend 200 against a rampaging Warner or dancing to the DJ music while needing 12 off the last over. Ajinkya Rahane has had a forgetful run till now as captain and needs to bring to life his Indian pace battery by a decent proportion to get Rajasthan up and running. The RCB have had to deal with a lot of scrutiny for whatever they have done till this point but as Virat pointed they need to bring their A game to the fore at Jaipur, and if that happens they can take a much needed momentum before the big KKR clash at their home ground. As things stand at the moment, RR look favourites to take the tie owing to the inability and lack of confidence in the otherwise beasty RCB batting line up. However if ABD and Virat decide to take matters in their own hands, RCB fans can finally smile at their first win tonight.

Rajasthan Royals: With the Availability of Ashton Turner, RR may likely bring him back into the squad but it can only be on the cost of a Smith who hasn’t really turned up like his sandpaper mate has.

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler , Sanju Samson, Steven Smith/Ashton Turner, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal

Royal Challengers Bangalore: What RCB lack is a reliable, gun pacer and the visitors might want to go with Nathan Coulter-Nile or Tim Southee in place of Colin de Grandhomme.

Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli , AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer/Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme/Tim Southee/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prayas Barman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj/Washington Sundar

Dream 11 (Tips for Big leagues)

With the game set to be played in Jaipur, a batsman paradise, packing your side with batsman and some good spinners is a good choice for the game. Unadkat might come handy with his variations as well on this large ground.