Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals are all set to meet once again but this time in a knockout game. The two teams will battle in Qualifier 2 to book a berth in the final. The cricketing world is eagerly waiting to witness a nerve-wracking match as it is crucial for both teams. An exciting battle will kick off tonight at 7:30 pm, at the Narendra Modi Stadium. RCB is eagerly waiting to lift their maiden IPL title while Rajasthan Royals’ recent best was entering the playoffs in 2018.
Rajasthan Royals is coming on the back of a defeat in Qualifier 1, while RCB eliminated LSG to advance to the next stage. It is expected to be a nail-biter with two Royal teams up against each other. RR hopes to produce their 100 percent effort as they have got an extra opportunity to reach the final.
Both teams have a strong batting line-up and bowling attack. The orange cap holder, Jos Buttler is the key batter in RR’s top order. Buttler returning to his prime form could be a huge advantage for RR. RCB would be aiming to dismiss Buttler very early as his wicket might change the game in their favor. However, Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer are in good touch to play quickfire innings.
On the other side, if RR bowlers manage to collapse the RCB’s top order, they might have more chance of beating them with ease. RR’s pace attack would find it difficult at the start as RCB batters like Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, and Lomror have found their form in recent matches. But RR has two quality spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal who know the art of redemption. Both the spinners have the knack for taking wickets at crucial times.
RCB slightly has an upper hand over RR as they have good death bowling. RCB has excellent death bowlers in Harshal Patel and Jose Hazlewood. Both did a brilliant job against LSG in the Eliminator. RR, on the hand, lacks good death bowlers. RR pacers fail to deliver well when it is much-needed. If Prasidh Krishna could have bowled a good final over in the Qualifier 1, RR could have already reached the final.
It is going to be the first game on the fresh pitch of Narendra Modi Stadium. The pitch might be tricky to bat on with uneven bounce and sluggishness. With longer boundaries, the bowlers are always in the equation. Qualifier 2 is expected to be a moderate-scoring game.