A red-hot Rajasthan Royals (RR) side will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MCA Stadium in Pune in match 39 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The match will be played on Tuesday, April 26, starting from 7:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore: IPL 2022 standings

Rajasthan Royals are third in the IPL 2022 standings with 10 points from seven matches and a net run rate of +0.432.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, meanwhile, are placed fifth with 10 points from eight matches. However, their net run rate is -0.472, which took a pounding after a nine-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their last match.

RR vs RCB odds for IPL 2022

  • Dafabet: Rajasthan Royals 1.93, Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.93
  • Bet365: Rajasthan Royals 1.90, Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.90
  • 10Cric: Rajasthan Royals 1.89, Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.89
  • Parimatch: Rajasthan Royals 1.89, Royal Challengers Bangalore 1.88
  • 1xBet: Rajasthan Royals 1.83, Royal Challengers Bangalore 2.06

Note: Odds are subject to change. Please visit betting sites to check and confirm the latest odds.

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore head-to-head

Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoy a better head-to-head record against Rajasthan Royals and also came out on top in their first meeting this season by four wickets. Both teams have faced each other on 26 different occasions in the IPL. While RCB have won the matches 13 times, their fellow Royals have been victorious ten times. Matches were abandoned on three occasions.

Though RCB are behind RR on the points table this season, they are unbeaten in the last five head-to-head encounters. Even last season, RCB brushed aside RR by 10 wickets the first time and beat RR by seven wickets in their second meeting.

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore probable playing XI

RR: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain and wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Obed McCoy, Yuzvendra Chahal

RCB: Faf du Plessis (captain), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Suyash Prabhudessai, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Mohammed Siraj

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore top picks

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler has been unstoppable for the inaugural champions in IPL 2022. The Royal has scored 491 runs in seven innings so far at an average of 81.83 and a strike rate of over 160. 

Joss Buttler already has three tons and also two half-centuries this season and will be vital for RR at the top of the order against RCB’s potent bowling line-up of Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Wanindu Hasaranaga and Harshal Patel.

In the bowling department, purple cap holder Yuzvendra Chahal has been the wrecker-in-chief for Rajasthan. Not only has Yuzvendra Chahal taken 17 wickets at an average of 11.33, but he has also squeezed opposition batsmen with an economy rate of 7.28. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Dinesh Karthik, the finisher, has stood tall in the inconsistent batting line-up this season. Although he has been dismissed only twice in eight innings, Dinesh Karthik comes late in the order and has contributed only 210 runs. Captain Faf du Plessis (255 runs in eight innings) has been hot and cold while run machine Virat Kohli is yet to take off this season. 

Despite having problems with the bat, RCB bowling looks settled with Wanindu Hasaranga (11 wickets in eight matches), Harshal Patel (9 wickets in eight matches) Josh Hazlewood (four wickets in four matches) providing Faf du Plessis multiple options at different stages of the game. 

However, RCB’s retained player Mohammed Siraj has been leaking runs at an economy of 9.73 and a bowling average of 48.66.

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2022 prediction

On current form, Rajasthan Royals look favourites but with the match being played on a slightly slower track in Pune, both RR and RCB look to have an equal edge going into the game. 

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2022 playing conditions and weather report

Maximum Temperature: 40°C

Precipitation: 10%

Humidity: 23%

Wind: 11 km/h