RCB and RR are the two teams that have failed to live upto their reputations in IPL 2019. Rajasthan has come agonisingly close to a victory on a couple of occasions only to blow away their chances while RCB has sunk to newer lows with their abysmal performance.
More than the two points, both teams will be looking to get some momentum going in IPL 2019. Here we look at the three critical player battles in this RR vs RCB contest.
#3. Gopal vs Hetmyer-
Shreyas Gopal loves the challenge when a batsmen is going after him. The spinner isn’t afraid to toss the ball up and has won his match-ups by tempting the batsmen to go for the biggies.
On the other hand, Hetmyer doesn’t hold himself back and backs himself to clear the ropes. This daredevilry from both these players makes this contest enthralling.
#2. Archer vs ABD-
Jofra Archer delivered a stunning spell against CSK the other night and this must have sent his confidence soaring high. And now when lined up against AB de Villiers on Tuesday, he will fancy his chances.
However ABD is a a freak genius who loves to innovate and can take the attack to the opposition with his unique shots. What strategy will he deploy to counter Archer’s pace variations and his pin-point accuracy. And in the same way, what changes will Archer deploy to ensure he keeps ABD quiet?
#1. Chahal vs Buttler-
On one side is Rajasthan Royals’ best batsman and on the other side is RCB’s best bowler. This alone makes it the match-up of the day. The other day, SRH used Rashid Khan to neutralise Buttler. So will RCB use a similar ploy and bring on Chahal early in the innings? Or will they use Chahal against Buttler with the cushion of non-powerplay overs behind Chahal?
Whatever the strategy, it will be highly interesting to witness the Chahal versus Buttler battle.