Indian Premier League 2019 Match 14, Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Preview, likely XIs, predictions

Indian Premier League 2019 Match 14, Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: Preview, likely XIs, predictions

IPL 2019 12 Rajasthan Royals RR RCB Royal Challengers Bangalore

We are three rounds and twelve matches in IPL 2019, and Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to open their accounts. And unlike Bangalore, who were simply blown away by Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan could have won at least one, even two of their matches.

Rajasthan has also had some excellent individual performances. Sanju Samson scored the first hundred of IPL 12. Ben Stokes has struck at 184 and picked up crucial wickets. Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal have conceded less than 7 an over.

But there are problems too, the captain himself posing a major one. Clearly not cut out for the format, Ajinkya Rahane has batted at the top, thereby forcing Rahul Tripathi to bat down the order and generally messing up the line-up. Perhaps a change is in order.

On the other hand, nothing has really licked for Royal Challengers, barring the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal, currently joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 70 against Mumbai is their only fifty of the tournament, and team totals of 70 and 113 have not quite enhanced their reputation.

Head to head

Rajasthan holds a negligible advantage (9-8) over Bangalore. They have acquired the lead recently, after winning both matches in 2018.

At Chinnaswamy last year, Sanju Samson’s 45-ball unbeaten 92 took Royals to 217/4, Yuzvendra Chahal taking 2/22. Virat Kohli (57 in 30 balls) and Mandeep Singh (47* in 25) fought back, but some tight bowling, led by Shreyas Gopal (2/22) restricted RCB to 198/6.

Royals scored 164/5 at Jaipur despite Umesh Yadav’s 3/25. Rahul Tripathi top-scored with a 58-ball unbeaten 80. Bangalore, 75/1 after 8.2 overs, collapsed to 134 against Gopal (4/16) and Ben Laughlin (2/15).

Key players

Shreyas Gopal (Rajasthan Royals): Gopal bowled a solitary over against Punjab; had 4-0-27-3 against Hyderabad while defending 199 (it’s another thing that his teammates let him down), and three more inexpensive overs against Chennai. Last year he had figures of 6/38 against Bangalore across the two matches.

Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Three matches, three defeats as captain. A tally of 55 runs off 54 balls. Not a single six. It is time for Kohli to turn things around and show exactly why they hail him as King.

Likely XIs

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.


Rajasthan to win, mostly due to their home advantage.