We bring you the Weather report, Pitch Report and Head to Head for the RR vs RCB do-or-die match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur which will be the 53rd match of IPL 2018.
When RR and RCB will step out to play the first of the double headers on Saturday, a lot would be at stake. RR will need to win the match by a huge margin to even have an outside chance. They have a very weak NRR and in dire need of a miracle to have a turn around.
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On the other hand, RCB are placed way better and would jump to 14 points if they win today’s encounter. If they beat RR by a good margin, they have a fair chance of improving their NRR and going ahead of MI.
With newfound rhythm, most are placing their bets on RCB to come out victorious. Especially, against a depleted RR team that is without Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, the Ajinkay Rahane side would have to pull off something special.
The weather at Jaipur would be like it generally is- warm and dry. The temperatures would be around 40 degree Celsius and there is no chance of rain as precipitation is 0%.
This is good news for RCB as they currently have 12 points and a rain washout would t them strangled at 13 points. This would make it very difficult for the Virat Kohli side to make it to the next round.
The temperature being on the higher side and the weather dry, the pitch at Jaipur is dry and crumbly. This guarantees a lot of purchase for the spinners.
Both sides have quality leggies in Yuzvendra Chahal and Ish Sodhi. Interestingly, both sides have a decent off spinner each in Krishnappa Gowtham and Moeen Ali.
Head to Head
In 17 matches that the two sides have played against each other, things have been even-steven with both sides winning 8 games each. One match ended without a result.
In RR’s home ground in Jaipur as well things are pretty much even, as RR have won 2 matches, while RCB have won 3.
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen and Ish Sodhi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande and Tim Southee.