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IPL 2019, Match 49- RCB Vs RR, Preview: Battered Bangalore Aim To Upset To Smith’s Farewell Party

In the 49th game of the fascinating Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 extravaganza, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be hosting the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on April 30. Both the teams will be coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. While in the first meeting between these two teams earlier in the tournament, RR team emerged victorious with a comprehensive 7-wicket victory.

RCB’s backstory

The Virat Kohli-led team will be entering this match on the back of conceding a heartening 16-run loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the previous game. With this defeat, RCB have only left themselves to play for pride thus far in the rest of the tournament as even after winning both the remaining games, they won’t be able to qualify for the playoffs. The same old problems unfolded for RCB in the last match as the dependency on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers was clearly evident.

The middle-order batters failed to take the team over the line in the last game and that has been the story of RCB’s batting in this season. While the KKR bowlers had a mixed outing in the previous match as they bowled well in the middle-overs but did an awful job at the start and the back end as well. Both the batters and bowlers would now be hoping to put forward an improved effort in this game.

RR’s backstory

On the other hand, the Steve Smith-led team is coming into this game after recording a convincing 7-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last outing. With this victory, the inaugural champions also kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs very much alive and kicking. However, in order to remain in the contention, they need to win both their next two games as well.  Each of the batsmen gave their share of contribution in the collective effort in the last match. They will now be expected to continue this form in the upcoming games as well.

The RR bowlers also did a fantastic job during the middle-overs stage as well as in the death in the previous game. The biggest positive from the bowling perspective was the performance of Jaydev Unadkat, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his excellent figures of 2 for 26. He, as well as the other bowlers, will be eyeing to come good in the rest of the matches as well.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

RCB

RR

NO RESULT

Overall (21)

9

10

2

At the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium (8)

2

4

2

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s likely Playing XI

Even after getting knocked out of the competition in this last match, the RCB team will field the same combination that played against DC. The duo comprising of skipper Virat Kohli and keeper batsman Parthiv Patel will open the batting here as well. AB de Villiers will take up the crucial number three spot, while Shivam Dube will retain his place after a decent job in the previous match.

The likes of Heinrich Klaasen, Marcus Stoinis and Gurkeerat Singh Mann will play as floaters. The duo comprising of Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini will form part of the fast bowling attack. The pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will take care of the spin bowling duties. 

Probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal. 

Rajasthan Royals’ likely Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals will also go in with an unchanged line-up. The in-form pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone will once take their guards as the two openers. Sanju Samson will bat number three. This will be the last game of the season for skipper Steve Smith as he will be returning home to join Australia's World Cup preparations. He will be hoping to end things on a positive note. 

Finally off the golden duck struggles, Ashton Turner will come in at five, while the likes of Riyan Parag and Stuart Binny will provide the finishing touch. The trio of Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron and Oshane Thomas will be the fast bowlers, while Shreyas Gopal and Riyan Parag will be the two spinners. 

Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone,  Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas. 

Match Timings- 8:00 pm IST and local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD.

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