The Rajasthan Royals have already turned it on this IPL season, winning two matches with scores of 193 and 210, and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Wankhede Stadium.
So far, 200-plus totals have been tracked down two of three times, but the Royals have defended effectively in both games. Except for Nathan Coulter-Nile, who sat out the second match after collapsing in the first due to a leg injury, all of their frontline bowlers have taken wickets, and Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin, who has formed a dream spin combination, as well as Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna, have economy rates under seven. It’s early days, but if the Royals keep playing with the same intensity, they might be strong title candidates.
On Tuesday, Chahal will face his former squad, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, with whom he played from 2014 to 2021. He was the franchise’s leading wicket-taker in four of those seasons and the franchise’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 139 strikes. Based on his recent form, the legspinner might present a challenge to the Royal Challengers batters.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Sanju Samson (C), Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (C), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Sherfane Rutherford, Dinesh Karthik (WK), David Willey, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep.