IPL 2021, RR vs RCB preview: Bangalore looks to keep its new-found momentum going against Rajasthan
Rajasthan Royals has been highly inconsistent in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. While it remains in playoffs contention, it would be up against an unpredictable Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.
It will be a test of nerves for both sides, as former champion Rajasthan Royals (RR) faces off against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 43 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. With both sides in contention for the playoffs, it would be a great clash to witness while we present the match preview.
RR is placed in sixth place with eight points and needs to win the remaining four matches to cements its spot in the playoffs. As for RCB, it is on 12 points, while it is ranked third and needs to win at least three to seal its place in the playoffs.
RR lacks sufficient star power, making it more exposed to the bowling attacks. Nonetheless, it has a large pool of young talent that is deeply ambitious and ready to give any side a troublesome time. Its bowling attack has also been oppressive, having already proved against the top sides and can flourish even under stress.
As for RCB, it is moderately more substantial on its fine bowling attack, consisting of enough star power. In contrast, its batting has gone more inadequate, as it massively relies on skipper Virat Kohli, along with AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
Injury concerns: None of the sides has any injury concerns.
The two sides have clashed on 24 occasions, with RCB leading 11-10. Of the three games in UAE, RCB has a lead of 2-1, while in the only game in Dubai, RCB trumped.
Weather and pitch report
The Dubai weather would be cooking, with an expected temperature of around 38 degrees and 53% humidity. The track would remain evenly poised while winning the toss, and bowling would be ideal here.
RR: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat and Mustafizur Rahman.
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed/Rajat Patidar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Batters: Kohli, Patidar, Padikkal- Kohli and Padikkal are sure to give the right start, while Patidar can be a force in the middle-order.
Wicketkeeper: Samson (vc)- He has been the man in form, and being the orange cap holder makes him a no-brainer and the deputy skipper.
All-rounders: Maxwell, Morris- Maxwell has been delivering in all departments while Morris will nail it with the ball.
Bowlers: Chahal, Harshal (c), Rahman, Jamieson, Sakariya- Chahal has become highly efficient again with his spins, while the four pacers have been in superb form, especially Harshal, who has been deadly, thus making him the skipper.
Date and day: September 29, 2021 (Wednesday)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar