Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals lost their first games of IPL but won the next games to score two points each. The RCB registered their first victory against KXIP by the surprising knock of AB De Villiers. The Rajasthan Royals grabbed the home advantage and recorded a victory against Delhi DareDevils by 10 runs.
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Quinton de Kock and Ab de Villers were expected to keep on their good work in the next game and Kohli was expected to do well in the upcoming game. Kohli who scored 52 runs from his previous games is expected to hit some good shots. Brendon Mc Cullum, who was dismissed for a golden duck is expected to get back on to the track.
Chris Woakes, who did not do well with the bat but managed to bowl well may show some innings in this game. On the other hand, Sarfaraz Khan, who scored only 6 runs from two games might be replaced by the English all-rounder Moeen Ali. Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav who picked five wickets from the past two games may compete with Mayank Markande for the purple cap.
Yuzwendra Chahal and Washington Sundar managed to pick four wickets in total from two games and Tim Southee is expected to make a memorable knock this time.
Coming to Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson marked their recovery by scoring 45 off 40 balls and 37 off 22 balls in the previous game. Rahane scored 58 runs and Samsun made 86 from the two games. The best score of Samson in this season is 49 runs till date. Rahul Tripathi and Jos Buttler are expected to do some wonders as they did against Delhi DareDevils. D’Arcy short scored only 10 runs from two games and Ben Stokes is expected to do well in this game and make some knocks.
Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni are some of the key bowlers for the team. Ben Stokes, one of the expensive buys for the team is expected to repay his reward by making a good score. He made only 21 runs from two games.
Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane(captain), Ben Laughlin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klassen, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gautam, Jos Buttler, D Arcy Short, Rahul Tripathy, Zahir Khan, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dushmantha Chameera, Aryaman Birla, Prashant Chopra, and Jatin Saxena.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli(captain), AB De Villiers, Quinton De Kock, Brendon Mc Cullum, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Yuzwendra Chahal, Kulwant Khejroliya, and Umesh Yadav.