Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals — Blistering Buttler and Kohli Blues in the Spotlight as RCB and RR Meet in Pune

April 26, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 39
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Royal Challengers Bangalore Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals

After being humiliated in their last game, Royal Challengers Bangalore would hope for a swift bounce back when they face Rajasthan Royals at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on April 26 (Tuesday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 23 has not been a good day traditionally for Bangalore and same was the case this year. A few years removed from being bowled out for 49, the zero-time IPL champions were again bundled out for a mere 68 – this time by Sunrisers Hyderabad, who went on to win by nine wickets.

Any team can have an off day but the manner of Bangalore’s defeat was massively surprising. After all, this was a team that had four of their previous five so such a total annihilation was not expected at all.

The game was pretty much decided in Marco Jansen’s opening over when he completely dismantled Bangalore top order, dismissing Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Anuj Rawat within a span of five balls.

Speaking of Kohli, having been relieved of captaincy burden, this was supposed to be a big tournament for him but so far he has struggled immensely. The golden duck against Hyderabad was his second in a row. It should ring alarm bells in RCB camp.

Rajasthan Royals

On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals’ batting has clicked beautifully of late. In their last two matches, they have amassed a total of 439 runs.

Jos Buttler has been on fire through this sequence, hitting back-to-back centuries. In fact, he has been on fire all season and is the runaway leader on the scoring chart with 491 runs to his name – 123 more than the next man on the list.

The plan for the Royals will be simple: win the toss and get Buttler to play as many of their allotted 120 balls as possible.

Dinesh Karthik has been one of Bangalore’s better batters this season. He, however, has a pretty ordinary record against Yuzvendra Chahal, who can be utilised to nullify the RCB finisher.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals
PariMatch 1.88 1.89
PariPesa 1.96 1.96 1.96 1.86
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You would think that Bangalore would be big underdogs after their disgraceful performance in the last game but that’s not the case. Parimatch has Bangalore priced at 1.88 and Rajasthan at 1.89. Paripesa has both Bangalore and Rajasthan available for pick’em odds of 1.96. Only Sportsbet has Rajasthan (1.86) available as clear favourites, with Bangalore priced at 1.96.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Jos Buttler to score more than 28.5 runs @ 1.87

When Buttler’s bat is wielding runs by hundreds, who are we to bet against it? We’ll go with the flow, ride the bandwagon, strike while the iron is hot and do all those proverbial things. We’ve probably not seen any batter in as great a form since Ben McDermott in Big Bash earlier this year. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Total sixes – Over 15.5 @ 1.83

The MCA Stadium is a heaven for six hitters. Of all the venues used so far this season in the IPL, the MCA Stadium has seen the highest rate of six hitting. On average, an IPL match her has seen the ball travel over the boundary line 17.2 times, which means that this play makes so much sense. The odds for this play have been sourced from Sportsbet.


These two sides have already met once this season. In that game, Bangalore had triumphed courtesy a Shahbaz Ahmed and Dinesh Karthink rescue act in a difficult but successful run chase. Time for Rajasthan to seek revenge. Will they be successful? We think yes!

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