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cricket | Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:10 AM (Revised at: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 9:50 AM)

RC Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Best Bet: April 26th

RC Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals Best Bet: April 26th

RC Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals IPL Best Bet

Tuesday, April 26th, 3pm (UK time)

Following their embarrassing defeat to SRH on Saturday, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to get their campaign back on track against Rajasthan Royals in match 39 of the IPL.

Hyderabad’s armada of high-quality seamers proved too good for RCB last time out, as they crumbled to a pitiful 68 all out – eventually losing by nine wickets.

In stark contrast, the Royals continue to fire with bat in hand, posting 222 against Delhi thanks to Jos Buttler’s third century of the season. However, their weak middle order of Karun Nair and Riyan Parag is yet to be exposed, so I’m hesitant on jumping on board with the Royals.

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Instead, I’m looking towards RCB, and a potential reshuffle in their batting lineup which could benefit Glenn Maxwell, who currently sits at odds of 5.00 to be top RCB batsman.

Maxwell hasn’t found his destructive best in IPL 15 yet, but his 124 runs at a strike rate of 179 have come in difficult circumstances amid an underperforming top three.

The Australian has seen a familiar pattern arise in his last four innings, walking out to bat with the scoreboard reading 5/2, 7/2, 13/2 and 20/2.

These poor returns – particularly from Anuj Rawat – could lead to a change in RCB’s opening partnership, and I’m taking a chance that Maxwell could fill this berth and make it his own.

His record for Melbourne Stars as an opener is exemplary, hitting 375 runs in 4 innings in 2022, including a half century and a scintillating hundred (154 off 81), which was the highest individual score ever hit in the IPL.

And although Kohli or Rajat Patidar could potentially open the batting, choosing the former, who enters the match on the back of two golden ducks, would be a strange call.

If Maxwell is confirmed as Faf du Plessis’ opening partner and given the green light to play aggressively, a sprinkle on him for man of the match or top match batsman could also be good value.

  • Selection: Glenn Maxwell – Top Royal Challengers Bangalore Batsman
  • Best Odds: 5.00 (William Hill)
  • Stakes: 6/10

Odds as at 7pm April 25th 2022. Odds may now differ.

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