IPL 2021: RCB vs RR – The 16th game of this year’s IPL 2021 will be played out between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals. The match will start at 7:30 pm in the evening at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. No fans are allowed inside the stadium premises due to government restrictions on the increasing Covid-19 virus spread.
RCB vs RR – Match Preview
The IPL table currently has Chennai Super Kings at the top. Followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians. Rajasthan Royals have failed to grab a win in their last match and lag behind in the sixth position. Their lack of consistency has not been inconspicuous to the viewers. Meanwhile, SRH has managed to win against Punjab and is in the fifth spot currently.
The Wankhede Stadium is made of red clay, thus making it a hard and rough surface that gives the bowlers the extra bounce they want. The previous two matches here have been quite scoring with runs going as high as 198. Given a good and reliable batting lineup, a team can come up with a sustainable total. Winning the toss will be an important factor because chasing a total has been easier than defending one here.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Team News
Royal Challengers Bangalore have successfully maintained their formidable and fearless look in this year’s IPL. RCB looks like serious contenders for the trophy as they are the only team on the table yet to suffer a defeat. Buying Glenn Maxwell has really paid off Bangalore as he has been the talisman on the pitch, standing strong and scoring runs when it is needed the most. Maxwell and Ab De Villiers ran the show on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders. Their 53 run partnership in just 35 balls brought up a tenable 200 against Eoin Morgan’s team. De Villiers’ 76 runs came of 9 boundaries and 3 sixes in 35 balls and left KKR scathed.
RCB delivered a powerful inning and got a well-deserved victory against their old rivals. They will stand clear favorites to win this match on Thursday, given their brilliant run of victories.
Predicted Eleven– Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli (C), Dan Christian(Overseas), AB de Villiers (WK)(Overseas), Kyle Jamieson(Overseas), Glenn Maxwell(Overseas), Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj.
Rajasthan Royals Team News
Rajasthan Royals have been a poor side so far this season. Although they are perfectly capable of exuding glimpses of brilliancy against big teams, their match against Chennai Super Kings was a different story. Sanju Samson’s first season as the captain of Rajasthan Royals is rather an inconsistent one. Even as a batsman Samson has failed to contribute to his team in the last couple of matches. The only delight in this season’s Rajasthan Squad would be the uncapped left-arm fast bowler Chetan Sakariya.
Sakariya is among the top five wicket-takers this season and already has 6 wickets to his name. The batting lineup has not been up to the mark, even though it has the likes of Jos Butler, David Miller, and Chris Morris. With the blues already losing their star man Ben Stokes over a finger injury, their English recruit; Liam Livingstone has reportedly flown back home due to bio-bubble fatigue. The right-handed Englishman has accumulated a lot of fatigue staying in bio-secure bubbles over the past year and has thus decided to pull out of IPL.
It looks seemingly difficult for Rajasthan to outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore as they look more refined and confident in both batting and bowling fronts. Rajasthan might want to replenish their squad, with the increasing difficulties that kept them from going for the trophy.
Predicted Eleven– Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler(Overseas), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, David Miller(Overseas); Mustafizur Rahman(Overseas), Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris(Overseas), Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Sanju Samson (C & WK),.
RCB vs RR – Key Stats
Bangalore and Rajasthan share a win of 10 matches each in the 23 games they have locked horns in and three of them have had no result. An interesting tie-breaker will be visible in Thursday’s fixture. Virat Kohli has scored the most number of runs(304) in this fixture and the Rajasthan Royals captain tags just behind with 227 runs. Royals who are without another overseas bowler this year, Jofra Archer is the highest wicket-taker with 12 wickets to his name.
Wankhede’s equidistant boundary lengths will become quite a hurdle to cross for the batting sides. The big hitters of both the teams will eye for quick runs in fewer balls; and hopefully, a sustainable batting lineup will see an average team total of 180.
A clash of the royals with see one of them emerging as the dominant team and the odds are in favor of Virat Kohli’s side.