Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 49th IPL Match Preview
Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore: 49th IPL Match Preview

Rajasthan Royals are on the path to redemption after wins over Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last two fixtures. The return of Buttler, Archer and Stokes has perhaps helped them discover their strengths in the bench and under Steve Smith, the side is finally starting to blossom, albiet a tad too late.

Royal Challengers Bangalore need a miracle to qualify for the next round unlike Rajasthan Royals. The Virat Kohli-led unit might want to test their bench strength and build camaraderie for the next season in the final couple of games. They might think of making a few changes to the side. 

Weather and Pitch conditions: Pitch is expected to be a belter at the Chinnaswamy.

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Wicket-keeper: Parthiv Patel (9 cr)

Parthiv Patel has been a vital member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore setup this year. Opening the batting with Kohli, Parthiv has made 365 runs at an average of 30.4 and a strike rate of 140.4. His belligerent starts have helped RCB make a quick start to their innings'.

Batsman: AB de Villiers (10.5 cr)

While AB de Villiers has been suspect against spin and in particular, Shreyas Gopal, the South African is a fighter and a mighty good batsman. If he has any weakness, expect him to have ironed them out by now. He is a good differential captain for this match given that fantasy players might expect Gopal to pick him up.  

All-Rounder: Marcus Stoinis (9 cr)

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