Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore – IPL Prediction (May 27, 2022)
On Friday, May 27, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will face off for a place in the 2022 Indian Premier League final. But who will join Gujarat Titans in Sunday’s showpiece?
After finishing second in the table, the Royals faced first-place Gujarat in Qualifier 1. However, the Titans booked their place in the final with a seven-wicket victory. Meanwhile, the RCB beat Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the Eliminator.
This is destined to be an epic battle between two high-class teams. But who will come out on top? Keep reading to discover my Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore prediction and betting pick.
Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore Odds
Betway views Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.83) as the marginal favorite to reach the final. But as you can see, Rajasthan Royals (2.00) are hot on RCB’s heels.
The narrow odds gap indicates that Friday’s clash will be a close-fought encounter. The Royal Challengers head into Qualifier 2 on the back of an impressive Eliminator win over Lucknow, but RR finished above RCB in the table.
What Happened During the Regular Season?
- Gujarat Titans (20)
- Rajasthan Royals (18)
- Lucknow Super Giants (18)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (16)
Gujarat finished atop the standings on 20 points, with Rajasthan claiming second place. The Royals won nine of their 14 regular-season games, meaning they accumulated 18 points.
Meanwhile, the Royal Challengers won eight of their 14 regular-season outings to snatch fourth place. As a result, they finished two points behind RR. They were also the only top-four team to end up with a negative net run rate (–0.253).
Before we settle on a RR vs. RCB prediction and betting pick, we need to take a closer look at both sides.
Rajasthan Royals Team News and Analysis
According to the points table, Rajasthan has been the second-best team in the IPL this year. If it weren’t for the excellence of Gujarat, Kumar Sangakkara’s men would already be in the final.
Having taken 26 wickets in 15 matches, Rajasthan’s Yuzvendra Chahal leads the Purple Cap race. Still, there is no denying that Jos Buttler has been the star of the show for RR this season. Just look how many runs the Englishman has accumulated!
- Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals – 718
- KL Rahul, Lucknow Super Giants – 616
- Quinton de Kock, Lucknow Super Giants – 508
- Shikhar Dhawan, Punjab Kings – 460
- Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans – 453
Buttler finds himself miles clear atop the Orange Cap leaderboard after racking up 718 runs in 15 innings. Remarkably, the big-hitting Brit has already smashed three centuries and four 50s this year.
The Royals won six of their first eight games but have since lost four of their previous seven. With Buttler and Chahal leading the way, however, they will be confident of dispatching RCB and reaching the final.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News and Analysis
On Wednesday, the Royal Challengers booked their spot in Qualifier 2 with a 14-run victory over Lucknow in the Eliminator. Rajat Patidar bludgeoned 112* from 54, while Dinesh Karthik (37*) and Virat Kohli did the rest (25).
Wanindu Hasaranga added another wicket to his ever-growing tally, meaning he now has 25 to his name. Only one bowler – RR’s Chahal – has picked up more wickets than Hasaranga this season.
- Yuzvendra Chahal, Rajasthan Royals – 26
- Wanindu Hasaranga, Royal Challengers Bangalore – 25
- Kagiso Rabada, Punjab Kings – 23
- Umran Malik, Sunrisers Hyderabad – 22
- Kuldeep Yadav, Delhi Capitals – 21
When Sanjay Bangar’s boys lost three straight matches at the end of April, their title hopes took a big blow. It is worth noting that RCB suffered a 29-run defeat to Rajasthan during that period, with Riyan Parag hitting an unbeaten 56.
However, they have bounced back in recent weeks. Having won four of their past five outings, the Royal Challengers will fancy their chances of lifting the IPL trophy for the very first time this weekend.
Rajasthan Royals vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore Prediction
There is no hiding the fact that RCB heads into Friday’s showdown in better form than RR. The Royal Challengers have won four of their last five games, while the Royals have lost four of their previous seven.
That said, Rajasthan has outperformed Bangalore throughout the campaign. Not only did the Royals finish above RCB in the standings, but they also ended the regular season with a far superior net run rate.
I expect this clash to be a tight affair, but I’m confident that Rajasthan will come out on top. With Buttler and Chahal on their side, the Royals have two lethal weapons that can win them the game.
My RR vs. RCB Betting Pick
Rajasthan Royals to Win2.00
RCB may be the bookmakers’ favorite, but I’m backing the Royals to seal the deal on Friday. Even if Buttler and Chahal are not at their best, guys like Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Trent Boult are capable of getting their team over the line.
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