Royal Challengers Bangalore would be taking on Rising Pune Supergiant in the 17th encounter of Vivo Indian Premier League 2017 today.The match is scheduled to be played at the M Chinnaawamy Stadium in Bangalore which is the home ground of RCB.Both the teams have struggled to win till this stage in the tournament.RCB lost their last match against MI when Pollard and Krunal Pandhya took Mumbai home despite being out of the competition during the first fifteen overs.It was again a dismal bowling performance by RCB in the death overs that cost them the match that day.RPS too lost the match because their bowlers failed to take wickets despite having a pretty good target of 172 to defend.
Bowling Worries for Virat Kohli
Having bowled out half the opposition under 50 during the first fifteen overs of the match, the skipper of RCB, Virat Kohli would have fantasized about a comfortable win that day.But that fantasy turned into a horrible nightmare when Mumbai Indians took the game away right under his nose.This can be fully attributed to the dismal death over bowling performance of RCB which has been haunting them from the last season.The likes of Tymal Mills and Yuzvendra Chahal which were touted to be amongst the best death bowlers took a severe beating that day.Not to forget the most expensive player of IPL 2016 Pawan Negi who got smashed for 28 in his two overs that day.If RCB is looking for some sort of comeback in this tournament they would need to get their bowling act right, pretty fast.
Rising Pune Supergiant: Lack of Coordination and Injuries Ruin their 2017 campaign
Rising Pune Supergiant have had a rough tournament so far.On some occasions batting has failed to click completely, and on some bowling has been the major culprit.We may call it lack of coordination between the team members or failing to perform as a unit which have cost them dearly this time around.Couple that with injuries to key players, nothing has been going right for RPS.Despite dropping a “S” from their original title “Rising Pune Supergiants” and turning to “Rising Pune Supergiant”, the odds have been against them.They need to sit together and get some sort of plan working before they realize that they are already out of the tournament.Dhoni still needs to bat up the order to fully utilize his arsenal of shots.The likes of Ben Stokes and Imran Tahir still need to perform at their peak level.
Who Will Win, Match Prediction
It can be quite an interesting match if two poorly performing teams perform against each other.Jokes apart, these two teams really need to lift their game up and start winning if they need to entertain any sort of chances of reaching the top four.Based on the above discussion, a RPS vs RCB match prediction can be checked below:
RPS Winning Odds: 45%
RCB Winning Odds: 55%
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Timings: 20:00 IST, April 16, Sunday