Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes opened the innings for Rajasthan Royals.
The 33rd match of the 13th season of IPL is being played between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Dubai. Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bat first. Robin Uthappa of Rajasthan is at the crease. Ben Stokes scored 15 runs off Chris Morris. Stokes also partnered 50 runs for the first wicket with Uthappa. Click here to see the live scorecard of the match…
No change in Rajasthan, 2 changes in Bengaluru
There was no change in the Rajasthan Royals team. At the same time, Bangalore captain Virat Kohli made 2 changes in the team. Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Shahbaz Ahmed were replaced in the playing eleven in place of Shivam Dubey and Mohammad Siraj.
Foreign players in both teams
Apart from captain Steve Smith in Rajasthan, Jose Butler, Ben Stokes and Joffra Archer are the foreign players. At the same time, Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris and Isuru Udana were included in the playing eleven in Bengaluru.
Kohli has a chance to make another record
RCB captain Virat Kohli has a chance to become the highest-ranked Indian player in the tournament. Kohli (38) is just one step away from Shikhar Dhawan (39) of Delhi Capitals. If runs come off his bat, he can equalize the summit. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner (46) holds the record for the highest FIFTY in the league.
At the same time, Kohli needs only 3 fours to complete 500 fours in the IPL. In this case, only Dhawan is ahead of Kohli. Dhawan has scored a total of 549 boundaries in the IPL. Apart from these, Suresh Raina (493) of Chennai Super Kings is third and former Delhi Capitals captain Gautam Gambhir (491) is at number four.
Rajasthan: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Joffra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Karthik Tyagi.
Bengaluru: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicket-keeper), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Bengaluru beat Rajasthan in the last match
The last time the two teams faced each other in the season, RCB registered an easy win over Rajasthan. In the 15th match of the season, Rajasthan gave a target of 155 runs to Bengaluru. In reply, Bengaluru had achieved the target at the loss of 2 wickets.
Expensive players from both teams
Captain Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are the most expensive players in Rajasthan with a price of Rs 12.50 crore. At the same time, Captain Kohli is the most expensive player in RCB. The team will give him 17 crores of a season. After him, AB de Villiers is named in the team, who will get Rs 11 crore this season.
Bengaluru top-3 in points table, Rajasthan at number-7
Bengaluru is third in IPL points table. Bengaluru has won 4 of the 8 matches played so far in the season and has 8 points. At the same time, Rajasthan ranks 7th in the points table with 6 points. Rajasthan has won 3 out of 8 matches and lost 5.
Bengaluru could not win the title so far
RCB played the final under the captaincy of Anil Kumble in 2009 and Daniel Vettori in 2011. The team also reached the final under Virat’s captaincy in 2016. But each time the team’s luck was bad. At the same time, Rajasthan reached the finals once (2008) and won the title.
Rajasthan’s success rate higher than IPL in Bangalore
Rajasthan Royals have a success rate of 50.65% in the league. Rajasthan has played a total of 155 matches, winning in 78 and losing in 75. 2 matches were inconclusive. The Royal Challengers Bangalore has a success rate of 47.83%. Bengaluru has played a total of 189 matches, winning 89 of them and losing 96. 4 matches remain inconclusive.