IPL 2013 Match 40: Rajasthan Royals Awaiting Revenge Against RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals battle out at Jaipur in the revenge match for the host amidst a testing time for RCB where their effectiveness is questioned continously in Away matches. MI has shown how Gayle can be silenced, and Royals have more than one Johnson in their ranks. Stage is set for Dravid to take his team to second place above RCB on the table.

IPL 2013 Fixture and Results

History
RCB has won 5 of their 8 matches, losing only three matches to RR.

Head-to-Head RCB 5-3 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

2012

    RR won by 59 runs, MOM: Rahane
    RCB won by 46 runs, MOM: AB de Villiers

2013

    RCB won by 6 wickets, MOM: Vinay Kumar

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 Losing 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.
    In 2012, RCB was left on 5th place as CSK sneaked ahead with better NRR. RCB won 8, lost 7. RR lost 9 and won 7 to finish 7th.

2013 Performances
RCB has played 6 matches and lost 2, while RR has played 5 matches and lost 1.
RCBs Results
RRs Results

Overall Performance
RR has Won 43, Lost 37, and two matches were abandoned.
Due to the poor performance in 2008, RCB has not so impressive record. Still they have 45 wins and 41 losses.

Team Comparison
Gayle owns the Orange Cap, but Faulkner has just snatched the Purple Cap from a list of contenders that includes Vinay Kumar too. Bowling was the key strength for RR, but with Watson returning to form they look equally dangerous in batting too with Stuart Binny and Hodge swinging the bat for quick runs, Dravid and Rahane providing the stability. Overall at present they look unbeatable at home.

RRs Team Performance in 2013
RCBs Team Performance in 2013

MI has made RCB look a very weak time with their bowling and batting too. Jaipur pitch poses the same challenge for RCB batsmen again. All about Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers. Bowlers may find some help but can they get past RR batsmen easily!! Doubtful.

Verdict
The disciplined bowling of RR and attacking batting unit can easily take the revenge that they need and surpass RCB on Points table too.

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