Royal Challengers Bangalore, fresh on their first defeat on Thursday in a photofinish game, will warm up to face Rajasthan Royals on Saturday at 4 pm IST in Abu Dhabi.
Time: 8 pm IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Chettithody Shamshuddin, Richard Illingworth, Krishnaraj Srinath
Referee: Andy Pycroft
Where to Watch Live:
IPL 2014 on TV Channels Worldwide:
|3||Middle East||OSN Network|
|6||India||Set Max & Sony Six|
|9||Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|10||United Kingdom||ITV Networks Ltd|
|12||United States||Willow TV international|
|13||New Zealand||Sky NZ|
|15||Papua New Guinea||EMTV|
ONLINE: For US viewers, the play starts at 9:30am CST with Willow TV providing Live coverage. US viewers can watch the match live on mobile and internet by clicking here. Live coverage in the UK is on ITV 4. Click herefor live streaming link.
For INTERNET & MOBILE:
2. USA – www.willow.tv
4. IPL mobile streaming in India: StarSports.com, nexGTV / GoCricket (apps)
5. IPL mobile stream outside India: youtube.com/gocricket and GoCricket apps.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have played three matches each and RR’s only victory was when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their season opener, while RCB defeated Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians before going down to KKR in the last match.
It’s noteworthy that RR restricted a formidable Chennai Super Kings line-up to 140, but there weren’t too many partnerships when it was their turn to bat and lost eight runs short of their target.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were in the driver’s seat in the run-chase. Needing six off the final three balls, the scales tilted in favour of their opponents, Kolkata Knight Riders, when Chris Lynn pulled off a stunner at the midwicket boundary to out the dangerous AB de Villiers. Albie Morkel managed only three more runs off the final two deliveries, leaving RCB three short of their target of 151.
Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson are Rajasthan Royals’ top run-getters and they have cracked the code to be successful even in the fast-paced T20 format. Shane Watson, the Australian is the franchise’s top run-getter and needs to start pulling his weight in the team as the captain.
If Chris Gayle plays, he will surely count as the most destructive player but as usual his absence, despite several hopes last time, is impacting the team. In his absence, Yuvraj Singh, who is not in his best form requires their captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to come up with more runs.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have a slight edge against the Rajasthan Royals as they have won 6 of the 11 matches they’ve played against the Jaipur players.
Memorable performances in RR-RCB matches include Ajinkya Rahane’s maiden IPL century – at Bangalore in IPL 2012.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have conceded the fewest sixes of all teams this season – 4
Rajasthan Royals have conceded the most runs through wides and no balls this season – 24.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will square off against Kings XI Punjab next – at the Dubai International Stadium on April 28. Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, will stay put at Abu Dhabi to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 29
Prediction: RCB may carry on its winning spree unless RR sets a very high run target, winning the toss first.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli (C), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Vijay Zol, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Shadab Jakati, Varun Aaron, and Ashok Dinda.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson (c), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Ankush Bains, Vikramjeet Malik, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Sharma, Amit Mishra, Deepak Hooda, Rajat Bhatia, Kevon Cooper, Iqbal Abdulla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe, Karun Nair, Dishant Yagnik.