Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 22 April 2012 - 06:38pm IST
Preview: Match 30 – RR v RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore travel to Jaipur for their return match against Rajasthan Royals
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are on the upswing after convincing wins against the Pune Warriors India and Kings XI Punjab. They clash with the Rajasthan Royals, who were pipped at the post in their previous game against the Chennai Super Kings, in Match 30 of DLF IPL 2012.
The Rajasthan Royals have been steady in the tournament thus far, often performing way above expectations, while Daniel Vettori’s boys are slowly discovering the form that took them to the final of IPL 2011.
The Rajasthan Royals have an outstanding record while playing at home, and it will take a special performance from RCB to finish on the right side of this contest.
Monday, April 23, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
A lot of the credit for Rajasthan Royals’ success this season goes to their opening pair of Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane, and Owais Shah. While the openers have almost always given the team good starts, Shah has come in and played valuable cameos towards the end.
Chris Gayle – for all his might – hasn’t been at his devastating best. The RCB opener has scored three half-centuries in the competition, and on each of those occasions, he has played the waiting game, sized up the opposition and only then opened up.
The lack of runs from Virat Kohli’s willow will be a reason to worry for the Royal Challengers. The RCB vice-captain has scored just the one half-century in six innings, and he will be aware that his team expects a lot more than he has done so far.
It is four wins apiece between the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the nine times they’ve met previously. The one remaining encounter was washed away by rain.
When these teams met earlier this season, RR caused an upset of sorts when they got the better of RCB in Bangalore. After posting 195 batting first, the Royals bowled out their opponents for 136 to win the encounter by 59 runs.
The Rajasthan Royals have won 15 of their 20 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have the poorest economy-rates off the nine teams this season. In IPL 2012, the overall economy-rate of RR is 8.57, while RCB’s economy-rate is 8.15.
The Rajasthan Royals will enjoy a five-day break before their next fixture against the Delhi Daredevils on April 29. Meanwhile, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will head back home after this game to host the Chennai Super Kings on April 25.