Jaipur: When the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team engaged in the exercise of avoiding a hat-trick of defeats will face the Rajasthan Royals (RR) here on Sunday, the young Yashasvi, who has scored runs so far in the current season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) An exciting contest will also be seen between Jaiswal (Yashasvi Jaiswal) and experienced Faf du Plessis.
Both Jaiswal and Du Plessis are in excellent form at the moment. Du Plessis is currently the leading run-scorer. He has scored 576 runs in 11 innings which includes six half-centuries. Jaiswal, on the other hand, is only one run behind him. The young batsman has scored 575 runs in 12 innings which includes four half-centuries and one century. It will be interesting to see which of the two fares better in this match and gets the ‘Orange Cap’ awarded to the highest run-scorer.
RCB will leave no stone unturned to avoid hat-trick of defeats in this match. He had to face defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in the last two matches. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, registered a massive nine-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday after three consecutive defeats, which would surely have boosted their morale. In this match, Jaiswal scored an unbeaten 98 off 47 balls while captain Sanju Samson contributed 48 runs. Jos Buttler could not walk in the match against KKR but along with Jaiswal, he is the biggest threat to any opposition team.
Rajasthan’s middle order is also strong which includes batsmen like Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel and Shimron Hetmyer. The bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals is also strong. Veteran leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets for 25 runs in the last match while pacer Trent Boult also did well. He is also getting good support from Sandeep Sharma in the initial overs. Apart from this, there are bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin in the team who have the ability to turn the match on their own. As far as RCB is concerned, they will have to win this match at any cost to stay in the race for the playoffs.
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The situation of Rajasthan Royals is also similar. RCB have 10 points from 11 matches while Royals have 12 points from 12 matches. The batsmen have done well for RCB so far. Du Plessis and Virat Kohli have been consistent in their performances at the top of the order while Glenn Maxwell has also been in fine form. The team, however, needs support from middle-order batsmen Mahipal Lomror, Anuj Rawat and Dinesh Karthik. Mohammed Siraj is the spearhead of RCB’s bowling department. He has taken 15 wickets in 11 matches so far. Siraj, however, needs support from Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel and Vijaykumar Vaishak.
Teams are as follows:
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Joe Root, Devdutt Padikkal, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal , KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathour, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht and Abdul PA.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf Duplesey (c), Akash Deep, Finn Allen, Anuj Rawat, Avinash Singh, Manoj Bhandge, Michael Bracewell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Siddarth Kaul, Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Wayne Parnell , Harshal Patel, Suyash Prabhudesai, Rajan Kumar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Karn Sharma, Himanshu Sharma, Sonu Yadav, Vijaykumar Vaishak, Kedar Jadhav.
Match Start: 3.30 pm. (Agency)