Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 30th game of the Indian Premier League this season at Jaipur.
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A Historical View:
The home team has eight points from seven games, which is the same as Delhi, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai at the top of the table. They come into the game with a last-ball defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings but have looked a team that is difficult to beat this season.
Bangalore enter the game with a couple of wins and a bit of a momentum after they had stalled with three defeats from four games. They have six points and will join the aforementioned sides if they win this game.
The two sides have played eight games each other and both have won four apiece.
Rajasthan made quite a few changes to their 11 in the last couple of games and it will be interesting to see who they go in with this game. Stuart Binny, who almost bowled the side to a win in that last over, was playing his first game while Kevon Cooper was also coming back from injury.
There have been stray talks of captain Rahul Dravid’s opening spot but the more poignant issue is Brad Hodge’s batting number. He needs to bat a spot higher, in order to be effective. Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah continue to be batsmen to look out for.
Bangalore’s batting has revolved around Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, with likes of Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary showing inconsistent form. They had trouble deciding who their fourth overseas player was before settling for Andrew McDonald in the previous game.
In this game, with the track expected to be slower than the one back home or at Mohali where they played their last match, Tillakaratne Dilshan could be looked at in place of McDonald. The rest of the side should remain the same.
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