A tough challenge awaits Royal Challengers Bangalore when they take on Rajasthan Royals in a battle of table toppers in the Pepsi Indian Premier League here tomorrow.
RCB are undefeated in the four matches they have played at home this season it would be huge game for them against the Royals who are on a roll after four wins in five outings and after a comprehensive victory over Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.
Except for the loss against the underdogs Pune Warriors, the Royals have won their matches comfortably, including against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Jaipur-based team led by Rahul Dravid, incidentally a Banglorean, would like to be at the sole lead position with a win tomorrow. They are now on same eight points with the RCB. Full Preview
In 2012 edition, it was one-all for both the teams as in the first match in Bangalore, Rajasthan, propped up by Ajinkya Rahane's ton, beat Royal Challengers by 59 runs.
The fortune reversed in the return match as Royal Challengers won their away match in Jaipur beating Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs.
Apr 23, 2012 - RR v RCB - Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 46 runs
Apr 15, 2012 - RCB v RR - Rajasthan Royals won by 59 runs
In 2011 edition, RCB's Chris Gayle storm demolished the Rajasthan Royals team. Played in Jaipur, after Rajasthan posted 146, Gayle along with Dilshan walked in for Royal Challengers. Soon the hosts were looking for cover as Gayle's blistering knock left the former baffled. It was an easy victory for Bangalore as they cantered home by one wicket.
The other match was abandoned due to rain.
Apr 19, 2011 - RCB vs RR - Match abandoned due to rain
May 11, 2011 - RR vs RCB - Royal Challengers won by 9 wkts
In 2010, Royal Challengers Bangalore won both their home and away matches. Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey and Kevin Pietersen did star turn to put Bangalore on top against Rajasthan.
Mar 18, 2010 - RCB vs RR - Royal Challengers won by 10 wkts
Apr 14, 2010 - RR vs RCB - Bangalore won by 5 wkts
In 2009, the IPL was played in South Africa after the government failed to come up with any assurance to provide security to the teams. Played on foreign soil, both teams did well to pocket one win each.
Apr 18, 2009 - RCB vs RR - Bangalore won by 75 runs
May 7, 2009 - RCB vs RR - Rajasthan won by 7 wkts