A confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to keep the momentum going when they play against struggling Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Thursday.
Challengers are high on confidence after three morale-boosting victories. On the other hand, the Royals have managed to win only one of their three matches.
The RCB edged past defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener before getting the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to jump to the top of the points table. On the other hand, the Royals have managed to win only one of their three matches. They lost to Chennai Super Kings in their previous match to slip down to the sixth spot.
Sanju Samson and his men will be eyeing a second win. The Royals have struggled to perform as a cohesive batting unit. While Samson led the team to within touching distance of victory with his sensational century against Punjab Kings, it was the South African duo of David Miller and Chris Morris that pulled off a win against the Delhi Capitals.
Against CSK, opener Jos Buttler looked dangerous but the other batsmen failed to provide any valuable contributions. For the former champions to do well, the side must click as a batting unit with Samson and the Englishman playing key roles.
The Royals bowling unit has been underwhelming to say the least, apart from the game against Delhi Capitals, the bowlers have leaked runs. Pacer Jaydev Unadkat shone against the Rishabh Pant led-side, registering the impressive figures of 3/15, while young Chetan Sakariya has shown promise.
In the absence of Jofra Archer, more bowling responsibilities will be depended on Chris Morris and Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman. For RCB, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell have been the standout players with the willow.
Young Devdutt Padikkal, who impressed everyone last season, has also proved to be fail to perform to his full potential. The RCB bowling department has been impressive with pacers Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj.