IPL 7 14th match RR Vs RCB : Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Live scores, 26 Apr, 2014
Match Teams: Rajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match Venue: Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Event : IPL T20 2014
Match Time: 14:30 local time (10:30 GMT) (4:30 PM IST)
Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to field first
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Rajasthan Royals: L W W L W
Royal Challengers Bangalore : L W W L W
Varun Aaron had to endure negative press coming into this IPL, after he leaked 74 off only 7.5 overs in an ODI against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup. Fortunately, he has managed to turn that around with economical spells. He took 1 for 9 off three overs against Delhi Daredevils and his best performance was 3 for 16 against Knight Riders. That he has managed to be penetrative without compromising on his pace is a bonus for Royal Challengers and himself.
Rajat Bhatia joked that the Dubai pitch was slower than his bowling. The experienced medium-pacer has been hard to get at because of the pace he takes off the ball, forcing the batsmen to use extra muscle to clear the long boundaries. He makes the batsmen play to his tunes and that explains his economy rate of 6.63. He was at his miserly best against Super Kings, giving away just 13 off four overs and picking up two wickets.
Still, the Royal Challengers may not be as concerned about form as the Rajasthan Royals will be. The team succumbed to Glenn Maxwell defending 191 and against Chennai Super Kings, they failed to chase 141. They could not pin down Super Kings at 74 for 5, and despite restricting them to a middling total, the batsmen never really asserted themselves. It begs the question of whether Shane Watson should move up the order, with Abhishek Nayar struggling. If Watson can take control at the top, it relieves the pressure on the middle order.
Among current players, Shane Watson is the leading run-scorer in matches between Royals and Royal Challengers, with 210 runs. The record, though, is held by Rahul Dravid (323) who has retired.
Virat Kohli has a below-par record against Royals, with only 158 runs at a below-par strike rate of 92 and an average of 17.55
Rajasthan Royals team:BJ Hodge,SR Watson,DS Kulkarni,AM Nayar,R Bhatia,STR Binny,DH Yagnik,AM Rahane,Iqbal Abdulla,V Malik,SPD Smith,T Mishra,Unmukt Chand,James Faulkner,Kevon Cooper,Ben Cutting,Karun Nair,SV Samson,Pravin Tambe,Ankush Bains
Royal Challengers Bangalore team:Yuvraj Singh,M Muralitharan,AB de Villiers,JA Morkel,CH Gayle,V Kohli,Abu Nechim,AB Dinda,YV Takawale,R Rampaul,SB Jakati,S Rana,T Mishra,VR Aaron,P Patel,YS Chahal,Mitchell Starc,Nic Maddinson,Vijay Hari Zol,Sandeep Warrier