Rajasthan Royals will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium for the 39th game of the season.
Both teams are having a good season so far and they are good contenders for finishing in the top 4 positions on the points table at the end of the league stage.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have registered 5 wins so far from their 8 games and they are currently standing at the 5th number on the points table of IPL 2022.
Rajasthan Royals are currently placed at the number 3 spot with 5 victories in 7 games.
In their previous match, Royal Challengers Bangalore suffered a huge defeat against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB were bowled out for only 68 runs which is their second-lowest total in the history of IPL.
Only Glenn Maxwell and Suyash Prabhudessai were able to cross the double-figure mark as they scored 12 and 15 runs respectively.
Hyderabad convincingly chased down the total in 8 overs with 9 wickets in hand and they have gained a big boost in their NRR.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals played their last game against Delhi Capitals where they won by 15 runs.
The unstoppable Jos Buttler scored 116 runs which is his 3rd hundred of the season while Devdutt Padikkal supported him with 54 runs.
RR scored 222 runs and DC were able to reach 207-8 from their 20 overs.
Teams: RCB vs RR
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium
Date: 26th April, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 pm IST
Average 1st innings score
The average 1st innings total at this venue is 170
Head to head record
Here is the head-to-head record between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL history.
Total Matches Played: 23
RCB won: 13
RR won: 10
Tie/no results: 0
The batters will get benefit from the pitch early on at the Maharashtra Stadium but the spinners will play a big role in the middle overs.
Both teams will like to bowl first on this pitch as chasing targets will be a bit easy than defending the target.
RCB Probable Playing 11
Faf du Plessis (c), Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj
RR Probable Playing 11
Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Star bowler of the match
Yuzvendra Chahal will be the highest wicket-taker in this game because he is in great touch this season.
Chahal is currently the purple cap holder of the 15th edition of IPL with 18 wickets in just 7 games.
Star batsman of the match
Jos Buttler is currently in the form of his life and nobody has been able to stop him from scoring runs this season.
Buttler has already smashed 491 runs with 2 fifties and 3 centuries in just 7 games of this season and without any doubt, he will be the star batsman in match 39.
Star Wicketkeeper of the match
Dinesh Karthik has been exceptional with both bat and gloves behind the stumps.
He has scored 210 runs in 8 games at an average of 105.00 and with a strike rate of over 201.00.
Star all-rounder of the match
Wanindu Hasaranga is an excellent all-rounder and he has picked up 11 wickets in just 8 games so far this season for his side.
Hasaranga is also a brilliant middle-order batsman and he is expected to shine with both bat and ball against Rajasthan on Tuesday.
Who will win?
Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have equal points on the points table and it is going to be a great contest between these two sides.
Rajasthan Royals is coming from a victory in their last game while RCB suffered an embarrassing defeat against SRH in their last match.
It will be tough for the RCB players to come out of that huge defeat and perform well against an in-form side.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals is looking strong in all 3 departments of the game.
The team combination and confidence of Rajasthan are currently quite better than RCB which puts them slightly ahead in this match.
Hence, our prediction for match 39 is that Rajasthan Royals will beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.