RCB are one of only 3 teams to have never won the IPL title, while Rajasthan Royals were the inaugural champions of the tournament back in 2008, but have consistently struggled ever since. However, RCB are of the very few teams against who RR have a positive head to head record, winning 10 out of the 22 matches they have played so far, with 3 being abandoned and 9 being won by RCB. Earlier this season, RCB beat RR comfortably by 8 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball. The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. They had lost 4 matches in a row, but came back brilliantly against SRH to move up to 6th in the table. However, another damaging defeat to table-toppers DC put them back in 7th place.
RCB had a nightmare start to the tournament in contrast, being thrashed by KXIP by a mammoth 97 runs in their opening game. However, they bounced back well with impressive victories over Hyderabad and Mumbai. Virat Kohli finally delivered after 3 poor performances, and he along with the very impressive Devdutt Padikkal took RCB to glory against the Rajasthan Royals. However, Delhi Capitals beat RCB by a huge margin after that. Kohli again hit top gear to hit a match-winning knock as RCB defeated CSK comfortably. A vintage ABD blast got RCB another impressive victory over KKR, to put them 3rd in the table. They lost their last match against bottom of the table KXIP, but managed to retain their 3rd place in the league table.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
RCB are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.73 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising considering they are in decent form of late, with 2 wins in their last 3 matches. RR have been struggling, in comparison, winning just 3 matches out of 8 matches this season, and are 2.10 to win this match.
Top Team Batsman
Jos Buttler is still the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.75. He was their top scorer as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.50, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.50. The return of Ben Stokes has made him the second-favourite at 4.00, as per LeoVegas
Captain Virat Kohli is the favourite from RCB to be the top scorer as he is now back in form, with odds of 3.20. AB Devilliers is 3.75 to finish as the top scorer. He went berserk against the KKR bowlers with sixes all over the pitch in trademark style. Youth sensation Devdutt Padikkal has been in brilliant form and is 4.00 to be the top scorer as per LeoVegas.
Highest Opening Partnership
RCB are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership in this match. This is primarily because Devdutt and Finch have been brilliant as an opening pair, and have given RCB some steady starts throughout the tournament.
Top Team Bowler
Yuzvendra Chahal is the undisputed favourite to be RCB’s top bowler in this match, with odds of 3.25 after a wicket-laden tournament so far. He is followed by Christ Morris at 4.00, who finally made his much-awaited RCB debut and enjoyed a wicket-laden spell.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.50, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.33 and Tye at 5.00.
Total Runs In The Match
Odds of there being more than 330.5 runs in this match are 1.76, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams are known for their impressive batting line-ups, and can easily reach scores of 166 each, as required.
Individual Player Betting
- Buttler to score more than 24.5 runs has odds of 1.87, despite his poor form of late, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to establish himself as RR’s top batter. Virat Kohli to score more than 30.5 runs has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like to continue his current form.
- RCB to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.91, which is understandable as they have ABD and Finch, who prefer the aerial route more often than not. RR to hit the most sixes has odds of 2.25, which can be tempting with Buttler and Tewatia in the squad.
- Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10 which is a given with his form, while Chahal to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.20, which is attractive as he can snap up key middle-over wickets.
Our Top Betting Picks
- RR to win the match @2.10
- RR to hit the most sixes @2.25
- RCB to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.80
- Archer to be RR’s top wicket-taker @3.50
Dream 11 Preview
Our Dream XI team for this match is top-heavy with 1 wicket-keeper, 4 batsmen, 3 all-rounder and 3 bowlers.