Cricket fans will want to watch live online as the IPL 2015 playoffs move into the single-elimination phase, when Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals in a game that earns the winner the right to face top-seeded Chennai Super Kings in elimination match No. 2.
For information on how to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals streaming live online from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, see the bottom of this article. The win-or-go-home match starts at 8 p.m. Indian Standard Time. That’s 10:30 a.m. United States Eastern Time, 7:30 a.m. Pacific.
In Tuesday’s qualifier match, Mumbai Indians bowled out the first place Super Kings in 19 overs, cruising to a 25-run victory that guarantees Mumbai a spot in the May 24 final — the third for the franchise.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals appear evenly matched, which should make for a thriller of an elimination match. Both sides finished the group stage with identical records of 7-5, with two washouts. But Royal Challengers led the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League with a net run rate of 1.037, compared to 0.062 for the Royals.
The difference in the two sides could come down to momentum. Rajasthan got off to a smoking hot start in this year’s IPL tournament, winning their first five matches. But the team then lost its form, winning just two of the next seven, not counting the pair of rain-cancelled games.
Bangalore followed the opposite pattern, dropping four of their first five, but turning things around with the addition of Australian World Cup hero Mitchell Starc, who started the season inactive due to a knee niggle.
The lanky, 6’6″ left-arm quick took 18 wickets in just 10 games and seemed to stabilize the Bangalore bowling attack, handling both the openers and the death overs with authority.
The India-based site CricHD will stream the matches live online at this link. But viewers should be aware that the site carries large amounts of both pop-up and embedded ads that could cause browser crashes and other online slowdowns.
For the most reliable live online stream of the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Rajasthan Royals eliminator match, cricket fans can purchase a discounted mid-season subscription to ESPN Cricket. For access, visit this link.
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