Attention will also turn to Virat Kohli after his second consecutive first bald duck in the competition.
RCB would hope their star batter would be back at the points, in addition to much improved batting unit performance after a shock in the previous game.
As the Challengers come into the game after a demoralizing nine wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan has racked up two consecutive wins and is one of the teams in form this season.
While the focus would be on Kohli, RCB also has power hitters in Captain Faf Du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaaz Ahmed who can be destructive in their day and if they fire at the same time the RR attack would have a rough time .
Du Plessis, the highest points scorer for his team, has blown it hot and cold with the willow, but remains an essential cog for the team.
Karthik also plays the role of the finisher to perfection with his decisiveness.
They take on Rajasthan’s varied attack, led by Trent Boult, who in the past harassed Kohli with the delivery coming in.
Prasidh Krishna and the spin duo of wily Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal can also pose problems for the RCB batters. Chahal, with 18 wickets so far, could turn the game upside down.
And ditto for Ashwin, who in his day can be the nemesis of the opposition. Add to this the four overs of Obed McCoy; Rajasthan has quite the attack.
For Rajasthan, opener Jos Buttler has been in superb form, having hammered three hundred this season.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Sanju Samson have also played with opponent attacks and are among the points. And so does Shimon Hetymar, who can exacerbate the bowling team’s woes with his brutal attack.
RR hopes the top order will be delivered again at the MCA Stadium, which has witnessed high scoring games.
The weak links in beating Rajasthan are Karun Nair and Riyan Parag and the duo should get up and perform.
For RCB they have the best death bowler in Harshal Patel but he needs support from Mohammed Siraj and Josh Hazlewood.
The four overs of Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who has 11 wickets, could also change the fate of the match.
Teams (of): Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj, Faf du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sheerfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudesai, Chama Milind, Aneeshwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Rajat Patidar, Siddharth Kaul.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Riyan Parag, Shubham Garwal, Dhruv Jurel, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen, Tejas Baroka, Anunay Singh, KC Kariappa, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rassie Van der Dussen, Nathan Coulter Nile, Jimmy Mitchell Neesham Karun Nair, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Match starts at 7:30 PM. PTI NRB
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