An early season eliminator? One franchise will walk away from the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Tuesday with their first win of the season, and the other with their worst ever start to an IPL season of four straight losses.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) suffered their third loss of 2019 at the hands of Chennai – statistically the toughest road trip in the league – after just their eighth unsuccessful run chase at home (from 30 in total) last Monday.
For the third time running, their bowlers conceded more than ten an over throughout the last nine overs of an opposition’s innings, suffering from the then-third most expensive 20th over in IPL history on Sunday (28 runs).
Perhaps RR will be boosted in taking on the poorest batting order in the 2019 competition? Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have registered the two lowest losing scores of the year after Sunday’s game (70 & 113), and their top partnership of just 51 is the lowest of all franchises.
The teams have shared three wins apiece at this venue as part of an overall 9-8 head-to-head record in Rajasthan’s favour. RR have won six of eight when winning the toss, while RCB have won six of nine when the coin has fallen in their favour. An important toss, perhaps!
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Sanju Samson (RR) has had a positive start to 2019, picking up his fifth IPL Man of the Match award.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer (RCB), who has found just 14 runs from his three innings.
RR vs RCB T20 – Expected Playing XI
Rajasthan Royals :
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni
Royal Challengers Bangalore :
Parthiv Patel (w), Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
RR have won 55.88% (19 of 34) as an outsider at home (the fourth-best win rate of 2019 franchises), while RCB have won just 41.67% (20 of 48) on the road as a favourite (second-worst win rate).
The average first innings score at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 158 – the second lowest of all 2019 venues. Both teams have passed 45 just once each from their three Powerplays in 2019.