The last game that Royals won was a day game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where they pulled off a heist on the back of some revisited heroics from Rahul Tewatia. However, their same middle-order woes came back to strike them in their last game against Delhi, where they did well in phases but failed to seal the deal, squandering the advantage they had. Notwithstanding, their powerplay bowling and in the death would’ve pleased them with young Kartik Tyagi being perfect foil to Jofra Archer. If Royals are to come out trumps and keep their campaign alive on Saturday (October 17), they will need to replicate that exhibit against a dynamic Bangalore batting order.

Bangalore were beset with match-ups against Kings XI Punjab, and it came back to hurt them in the end. Sending their left-handers in Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube ahead of AB de Villiers to negate KXIP’s legspinners was a gamble that cost them, finishing with a gettable 171 in Sharjah. Even in the second innings, they held back powerplay brainbox Sundar for Chris Gayle’s arrival and let Mayank Agarwal and Rahul set the platform for their win. Once Gayle was settled, he belted the offspinner for four of the five sixes in his 53.

Be that as it may, Bangalore would still start as favourites against Royals, who have failed to find an accordant rhythm. The last time the two sides clashed, Bangalore had as good as seized the game within the first seven overs, accounting for the top three in Smith, Buttler and Samson, beating them eventually by eight wickets. If RR are to strum the right chords, and with every game here on of consequence, they will have to find a way to get scores from their top order, starting with captain Smith, whose run post the first two games has been abysmal.

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