All-time meetings: Rajasthan Royals W9, Royal Challengers Bangalore W8, No result 2 Last meeting: Rajasthan Royals beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 30 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Paddy Upton
Captain: Ajinkya Rahane
Rajasthan Royals come into this game against fellow strugglers RCB knowing that they simply have to win this match after three narrow defeats to Kings XI, Sunrisers and the Super Kings and their confidence will not be too depleted as they could easily have won any of those matches.
They are able to count upon Aussie all-rounder Ashton Turner now as he has joined up with the squad following international duty, but he is unlikely to make it into the team even if he would offer them better balance and more explosive batting than his compatriot Steve Smith who seems to be struggling with his batting position.
Smith has been expected to come in at four but has been dropping down the order with the bigger hitters like Stokes and Tripathi coming in before him and he would benefit from coming in at three although it is unlikely he will displace Samson after his strong start to the tournament, so they may continue as they are.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Captain: Tom Moody
Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost all three of their matches played so far but the manner of their last loss on Sunday to Sunrisers Hyderabad was particularly concerning as their bowling unit was smashed for 231/2 while they bowled out for the second time in the tournament for just 113.
They are able to count upon Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile who have arrived in India after helping Australia whitewash Pakistan in an ODI series and the timing could not be any better as the duo will almost certainly come straight into the side with two of Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer and Colin de Grandhomme making way for them.
Hetmyer has disappointed so far so he is expected to drop out, while De Grandhomme’s consolation knock of 37 in that last match may just give him the edge over Moeen Ali to make up the four overseas player slots.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have comfortably been the worst team in the tournament so far despite possessing Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in their ranks. Their team has been imbalanced throughout and they genuinely lack the quality to support their big two with their overseas players not stepping up. The arrival of Stoinis and Coulter-Nile may spark something of a new start for them however and that may help them turn their miserable start around. The Royals have also lost all three of their games but could have won any of those three matches if some key moments had gone differently. Their team has the greater balance to it and with home advantage, they should pick up their first win of the tournament here.
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