Royals determined to turn the tables on RCB

Apr 29, 2013, 10:12 IST | Agencies

The win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday has certainly boosted the morale of Rajasthan Royals ahead of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Pepsi Indian Premier League here today

Royals are placed third with 10 points from eight outings while RCB still lead the table with 12 points from nine games. 

Shane Watson

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson’s tremendous form will surely be the main concern for RCB. Watson scored a 53-ball 98 against the Sunrisers. Watson also cracked a brilliant 101 against Chennai Super Kings. He has accumulated 273 runs from six matches at an average of 54.60. Another Aussie James Faulkner also is a man to watch out for, particularly after his brilliant 5-20 against Sunrisers.

Also that fact that Royals haven’t lost a single game at home in the competition so far will put them in an advantageous position today.

Rahul Dravid’s side would surely look for a revenge against RCB, who defeated Royals by seven wickets when the two sides clashed at Bangalore. Watson and Dravid apart, Royals also have Ajinkya Rahane, who is capable of winning matches single-handedly.

For RCB, on the other hand, West Indian Chris Gayle is the main threat for any team. They also have captain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who on their days can destroy any attack.

Dravid’s wishlist
>> He anchors the innings
>> Watson's form continues
>> Cooper bowls a tight line
>> Chris Gayle perishes early
>> Ajit Chandila continues his form

Kohli’s wishlist
>> Gayle-storm strikes Jaipur
>> He gets some runs
>> AB de Villiers plays a cameo
>> Watson departs early
>> Dilshan too does well

When they last met... It was easy for RCB
Not long ago, Royal Challengers Bangalore made Rajasthan Royals homesick by humbling them at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 20, this season.

Virat Kohli put the opposition in and Rajasthan were bundled out for 117 runs, thanks to some disciplined bowling and meek batting.

Pursuing a paltry score, Chris Gayle batted sensibly by not going bonkers and guiding the team home with a measured knock of 49 not out off 44 balls. The hosts won with 13 deliveries and seven wickets to spare.

BRIEF SCORES: Rajasthan Royals 117-10 (Rahul Dravid 35, RP Singh 3-13, Vinay Kumar 3-18) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 123 for 3 (Chris Gayle 49*) by seven wickets 

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