Three times runner up of IPL is still seeking for their maiden IPL Trophy. With poor performance in the last three editions, RCB is looking in the form with its balanced combination under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the Run Machine.
They are doing best in all three departments; batting, bowling, and fielding to make this edition a successful campaign for themselves. They have won 5 matches out of 7 and have strengthened their position at number 3 in the points table.
Performance in Recent Years
The last three years of IPL were very tough for Royal Challengers and they finish at positions 8th, 6th, and 8th in IPL edition 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. The biggest disappointment in these years was when they got all out against KKR for just 49 runs while chasing an easy total of 132. This is the lowest total ever in the history of IPL where not a single player can manage a double-figure score.
Performance So Far
Even after this disastrous performance over a period of three years, RCB fans are still hopeful for their team at the start of the tournament. RCB has a good start by winning a tight match against SRH by 10 runs with 2 balls left. In the very next match, KXIP strikes hard on RCB and won the 6th game of the tournament by huge 97 runs. KXIP outclass RCB in every department of the game by managing a huge total of 206 with only three players down and in response, RCB was all out on just 103 in 17 overs.
After this massive defeat, they produce a good comeback and won 4 matches out of 5. One super over crucial win is also included in their winning streak. RCB has failed to manage wins against KXIP and DC so far.
- RCB Standings
RCB has played 7 matches so far, one match against each team of IPL 2020. 7 matches are still to go, one against each team. RCB is a team that is in full balance and can manage more wins. They are also giving a tough time to MI and DC for the first position in the points table. All three teams, RCB, DC, and MI have the same points, 10, by winning 5 matches out of 7 games they have played. The only difference that aligning their positions on points table is NRR – Net Run Rate.
- What to Expect Next?
RCB has to play 4 matches as a visitor team and 3 matches as a host team. Although there are no advantage teams are getting while playing as the host teams, IPL is being conducted out of India with no in-person attendance on the stadiums of UAE due to the COVID’19 pandemic. So, it is going to be tough on each team as playing cricket is not easy under locked doors.
- Team Preview
RCB is one balanced team having full of well-known stars. There are 8 foreigner players included in the RCB squad and almost all are big names. Some worth-mentioning stars are AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, and Adam Zampa. Although some are not playing well and some are considered for mid-season transfer too, the team is doing well in all departments of cricket and the same is being expected from this team for upcoming games too.
Chance of RCB Winning IPL 2020
Despite recent past failures as a team in IPL, RCB can be considered as a massive contender for IPL 2020. After half of the season ended, RCB is looking in good form and they prove much analytics wrong by their extraordinary efforts. Now, we can see that the team, which is looking great on papers, is also performing well on the pitch too.
We can say that only DC and MI are looking at their real competitors. In the first game against these teams, RCB has lost against DC and win a crucial game against MI in super over. As per our calculations, we can say RCB have strong chances to win their maiden trophy in the 13th edition of IPL.