IPL Match 18 Preview: Royals Have Better Balance Against RCB

When Rajasthan Royals meet Royal Challengers Bangalore, they will have their improvement plan ready concerning the defeat faced against MI in the last match. RCB on the other hand has problems with bowling, and a bad day of batsmen will leave them down and out. Royals with better bowling will look to take advantage of such loopholes in the two-time finalists RCB.

IPL 2012 Schedule and Results

History
Both have seen the highs and lows in IPL. While Rajasthan Royals have won the tournament in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore has been in the final once and were stopped in semifinal in 2010. Even among each other they share 3-wins each. Interestingly last two matches were won by Challengers. 2011 saw a weak RCB escaping the strong Royals at Bangalore due to rain. But they spoilt Warne’s farewell match at home by winning with a heavy margin.

Head-to-Head RCB 4-3 RR
2008

    RR def RCB by 7 Wickets
    RR def RCB by 65 runs

2009

    RCB def RR by 75 Runs
    RR def RCB by 7 Wickets

2010

    RCB def RR by 10 Wickets
    RCB def RR by 5 Wickets

2011

    RR Vs RCB NR
    RCB def RR by 9 wickets

IPL Performances

    In 2008, on their way to championship RR won record 13 matches and lost just 3, while RCB finished second from the bottom winning 4 matches and Lost 10.
    In 2009, RCB finished 2nd best registering 9 wins and 7 losses.South Africa did not suit RR and they managed just 5 wins, Lost 8, and 1 was abandoned.
    In 2010, RCB finished 3rd winning 8 and losing 8 games, while RR again failed to enter knockout and could win only 6 and Lost 8 matches.
    In 2011, RCB reached the final winning 10 and losing 6, while Royals finished 6th with 6 wins, 7 losses and an abandoned match against RCB.

Overall Performance
RCB has Won 32, Lost 27, and two matches were abandoned.
Due to the poor performance in 2008, RCB has more losses than wins, winning 32 and losing 33.

Who Will Win Today!!
RCB appears again the front-runner on paper with big hitters like Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers now joined by Mayank Aggarwal. But besides Muralitharan and Vettori their bowlers are not competing.

Rahul Dravid has led RCB in South Africa in 2009 edition. Now, he will lead Rajasthan Royals against his home team of Bangalore. Considering the current form of 2012 wherein his bowlers are sticking to the plan and batsmen are playing attacking shots, RR appears to have the arsenal to defeat RCB.

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