Rajasthan will be cursing themselves for not capitulating the golden chance of getting their foot in the finals. They failed to anticipate what situation demanded. Their batting was exceptional in the first phase of this tournament, however, since Jos Buttler got off touch, Rajasthan struggled to post defendable totals.
In the first qualifier, Jos Buttler started in a sluggish manner, this puts pressure on batsman at non striker end. Even though he accelerates superbly but this style of play hasn’t been as effective as it ought to be. His natural game is of a striker, not to play an anchor role. However, he has played his part but in thr qualifier two, it will require more than that because you don’t want to give any chances to a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore.
For RCB, nothing is broken so nothing needs a fix. They have got a new hero when Rajat Patidar turned out to be a game changer in the previous match. Their bowling is stronger as for death overs, RCB has proper and experienced bowling attack with the likes of Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel. On the other hand, RR lacks the potency here as Prasidh Krishna doesn’t have the variations and Obed McCoy has some variations and has been good but the matter of experience plays a big role in such crucial matches.
Virat Kohli did his job perfectly when the team needed a must win. Against Lucknow Super Giants, it was Patidar who crossed the line for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now, considering the needs of circumstances, it could be Faf Du Plessis whose bat will speak in this match. He did same job for Chennai Super Kings in Qualifiers and finals.
Sanju Samson will need to throw himself in for a bit longer so when slog over comes, both ends can have a proper striker otherwise it will be challenge for Rajasthan Royals. On the other hand, despite Patidar’s 100, RCB will need to anticipate with weak elements in the bowling order who will be targeted by RR’s batsmen.