The Royal Challengers Bangalore will go to Jaipur knowing that the pink city is no longer an impenetrable fortress. After the Mumbai Indians stormed the stadium on Sunday, playing the Royals in their own backyard is no longer as intimidating a thought. What is, is that if the Royal Challengers don't win this match, they will not only have to win their next one convincingly but will rely on other results going their way to secure a spot in the final four. Even more scarily, is that Rajasthan are in exactly the same boat, although with a worse net run rate, and a war is on the cards.The previous time the two sides met, Rajasthan were a team in shambles and their defeat to Bangalore then was their third in a row.
They were bowled out for a mere 92 on that occasion, an ignominy they will want to avoid this time. Since then the Royals notched up four wins in a row, lost two, one won and lost one. Shane Warne's leadership has been the main factor keeping them in contention and the way he manages the bowling attack will be crucial to their success.
In Image: Shane Warne of the Royals celebrates after taking a wicket in one of the matches.
Text : Cricbuzz
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