Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, looking to continue their winning streak in the tournament. The former have had a dream start to the tournament as they have won three matches in a row to end their Chennai leg. Sitting pretty at the top of the table, they would only want their excellent form to continue.
RR on the other hand, haven’t been in the best of form as familiar problems have crept in. After a heartbreaking loss in the first match, they seemed to have bounced back with a thrilling win in the second. However, a 45-run loss against Chennai Super Kings has meant that they still have a lot of issues to address going forward into the tournament.
On that note, we take a look at who will win today’s match.
Who will win today’s match: RCB vs RR
There were two problems that were perpetually plaguing RCB in the past. The first was with regard to their scoring rate in the middle overs. To address that, they have roped in Glenn Maxwell this year who has made the No. 4 spot his own with some flashy shots in the middle overs to up the ante. Another problem in the past was death bowling and to address that, RCB have transformed Harshal Patel into a reliable bowler in the final few overs.
Having addressed their two biggest problems, RCB look like the real deal this year. RR on the other hand, seem to have a lot of issues to address, with their middle order being chief among them. Over-reliance on the overseas batters is costing the side dear and the absentees are piling up with Liam Livingstone leaving as well. RR would need a special performance to topple RCB. If not, it could be smooth sailing for the table-toppers.
Prediction: RCB to win