IPL 2024: Eliminator (RR vs RCB) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - May 22, 2024 11:56 am
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The stage is set for a high-octane clash in Ahmedabad as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) takes on Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Eliminator of the IPL 2024. The Narendra Modi Stadium will witness a battle between two teams with contrasting journeys in the league stage.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

RR started the season on a fiery note, winning an impressive 7 out of their first 8 matches. Sanju Samson led the charge, marshalling the batting line-up with consistent middle-order contributions. However, their fortunes took a sharp turn, with only one victory in their next 6 games. Their last match against KKR ended in a washout, leaving them with more questions than answers.

In stark contrast, RCB’s campaign initially seemed doomed. They stumbled through their first 8 matches, managing just a solitary victory. But then, something remarkable happened. They embarked on a winning streak that defied expectations. With each successive victory – against SRH, GT (twice), PBKS, DC, and finally CSK – their confidence soared. This incredible comeback has propelled them into the playoffs, defying all odds.

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Momentum is a powerful force in cricket, and currently, it undeniably favours RCB. Their winning streak has instilled belief and a winning mentality within the team, while RR grapples with inconsistency and a lack of confidence. However, T20 cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, and RR still possesses the firepower to upset the applecart.

Several intriguing player matchups could significantly influence the outcome of this crucial encounter:

#1 Sanju Samson vs Swapnil Singh

sanju samson
Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson, the lynchpin of the RR batting lineup, has been a force to be reckoned with in the middle overs. Despite limited support from his teammates, his consistent batting has been instrumental in propelling RR to the playoffs. However, RCB’s trump card, Swapnil Singh, could pose a significant threat. This left-arm orthodox spinner has emerged as a vital cog in RCB’s recent success, maintaining tight lines and lengths to restrict the flow of runs. If Swapnil can dismiss Samson, it could be a significant blow to RR’s batting aspirations.

#2 Rajat Patidar vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar 

Rajat Patidar has been a revelation for RCB in the latter stages of the tournament. His reputation as a clean striker of spin bowling, coupled with his recent consistency and aggressive approach, makes him a dangerous prospect. Notably, Patidar has a stellar record in playoffs, having smashed a match-winning century against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator of 2022.

To counter this threat, RR will likely turn to their experienced leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal. While Chahal’s recent form has been slightly inconsistent, his wicket-taking abilities are undeniable. This battle between the attacking batsman and the crafty spinner promises to be a fascinating contest in the middle overs.

#3 Virat Kohli vs Trent Boult

Trent Boult
Trent Boult

Virat Kohli’s resurgence in form has been a major boost for RCB. His aggressive and consistent batting displays have instilled confidence in the team. Kohli’s ability to dominate attacks early on can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of overs. However, RR will pin their hopes on the swing-bowling prowess of Trent Boult.

The left-arm pacer’s ability to generate early swing can pose significant challenges to right-handers like Kohli. If Boult can dismiss Kohli early, it would provide RR with a much-needed advantage.