The Rajasthan Royals will take on the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, the only two teams yet to win a game in the 2019 IPL, tonight at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday. Both teams will be reckless to defeat each other in a clash of strugglers. 

The two teams have been more than disappointing so far in the 12th edition of the IPL and desperately need a win to rejuvenate their respective campaigns in this season of the marquee T20 league. Royals have failed to tighten the screws when it mattered most. In all three matches so far, they were in a good position but could not grab the moments, losing to Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings respectively.

Both teams have faced each other 19 times in the Indian Premier League. The head-to-head record is almost neck-to-neck as RR have recorded 9 victories while RCB have won 8 times. At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, both teams have a similar record. RCB and RR have both got three victories each in Jaipur. In the corresponding fixture last season, RR defended a score of 164 and defeated the Virat Kohli-led side by 30 runs.

The home team faces an equally desirous setup in RCB, who too are looking to restore themselves. Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli had yielded that the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, March 31, was “one of their worst losses”.

Rajasthan Royals have performed fairly well in this edition but have come up short during the important moments in all their matches. Even in their previous match against CSK, the Royals needed just 12 runs in the last over to win. But they managed only 3 as they lost the match by eight runs. Now they will hope to finally open their account against bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

As the two teams- placed 7th and 8th in the IPL points table lock horns against each other, let’s have a look at the key player battles for tonight:

Virat Kohli vs Dhawal Kulkarni

The Mumbai pacer who represents the Rajasthan Royals has only taken two wickets across three matches in the 12th edition of the IPL so far. However, with a rich past record against the RCB captain Virat Kohli, Dhawal Kulkarni will surely target the prized wicket on Tuesday. So far the two players have met 10 times of which Kulkarni got Kohli out 4 times. Meanwhile, Kohli has had an uneventful IPL so far and will be yearning to get back amongst the runs again. Kohli will have to be aware and choose his shots carefully. The game against the Royals on Tuesday will be another chance for him as we watch out for this key player battle.

Jos Buttler vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Buttler’s dream run in the IPL started in the 2018 season when he scored five consecutive fifties to escort the Rajasthan Royals to the playoffs in the 11th edition. While his scoring rate against the pacers is extraordinary, he has struggled a bit against spinners. Even during his dream run, the English wicketkeeper yielded to spin 6 times out of 10.

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So the key player battle to watch out for tonight would be one between Buttler and the best spinner in the RCB side. Yuzvendra Chahal being the man for Bangalore has taken six wickets in three matches so far and that includes the figures of 4-38 against Mumbai Indians. Kohli would want to give Chahal an over or two in the powerplay against Buttler to get him out early.

AB de Villers vs Ben Stokes

The very popular English all-rounder Ben Stokes has had an undistinguished IPL this season but he carries the ability to change a game quickly on its head. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Stokes will have the unenviable task of containing the great AB de Villiers when the two sides meet in Jaipur on Tuesday. De Villiers, who had a unique uneventful match against the Sunrisers, will hope that he can get some runs under his belt against the RR. De Villiers and Kohli are the two players who are expected to save the team in difficult situations and the former South Africa captain would be well in charge to fight out Ben Stokes as one of the key player battles.

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