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Kohli will be keen to end his lean patch against Royals


Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers will be the cynosure of all eyes again when Royal Challenger­s Bangalore take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) today at the Wankhede Stadium.

Both hard-hitting batsmen have been the driving force behind Bangalore moving to the top of the IPL points table and, against a weak Rajasthan bowling attack missing Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, they would be raring to go big again.

However, RCB captain Virat Kohli will be looking to bat long and get a big score, something that has eluded him in the first three matches.

He scored 33 runs in the first two matches before being dismissed for just five in the third. This will be a good opportunit­y for him to bat out and return to big runs. For Rajasthan, the challenge will be big against a power-packed Royal Challenger­s batting.

RR’s batting has also flopped. Skipper Sanju Samson got off to a good start to the tournament with a century against Punjab Kings but he has since been guilty of throwing his wicket away with reckless shots in the subsequent matches.

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