The Rajasthan Royals take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 43rd match of Vivo IPL 2021 on Wednesday, 29th September, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. With just 4 matches left in the tournament, the pressure will certainly be on Sanju Samson’s side who are placed 7th on the table and most likely won’t be making it to the playoffs.
This is a must-win game for the men in pink from now on in the tournament, as they come into it on the back of successive defeats to the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who blew them away courtesy of Jason Roy’s heroics.
Their batters have struggled to stay at the crease for long periods, lacking that big partnership, and haven’t provided enough support at the other end to their skipper Sanju Samson. Despite scores of 70 not out and 82 from their skipper in the last two games, RR lost comprehensively in their last two matches, making it difficult for them to reach the playoffs. The Indian talent in the middle order hasn’t quite fired yet.
RCB, on the other hand, registered a comprehensive 54-run victory over the Mumbai Indians to get their campaign back on track after losing their first two games in the UAE and the last 3 games in total. Glenn Maxwell’s all-around effort, Virat Kohli’s half-century, and a sensational hat-trick from Harshal Patel helped them consolidate their place in the top half of the table and almost book their playoff berth. They were behind the game at one point in MI’s chase and were set to lose 4 games in a row, with Rohit Sharma threatening to take the game away from them.
However, Yuzvendra Chahal’s excellent spell and Glenn Maxwell’s tight part-time off-spin combined pressurized the out-of-form MI middle-order. They eventually succumbed to scoreboard pressure and were bowled out for just 111.
RCB will look to register more clinical victories to help their all-important net run which comes in mighty handy during the later stage of the tournament and performs better during the middle overs with the bat against RR.
RCB cruised to a ten-wicket win the last time these sides met, and RR will want to reverse the result on this occasion against a formidable RCB side.
Date: September 29, 2021 (Wednesday).
Time: 7:30 PM IST.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
It should be a typical hot and humid evening in Dubai, with an average temperature of 35 degrees Celcius.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium has been the best to bat on in the UAE, and that trend should continue in this match. The surface is likely to be a seamer-friendly one with good bounce and carry, and a score of around 170-175 should be a formidable one.
Their Big money signing Chris Morris has been expensive in the two games he’s played in the UAE, and Tabraiz Shamsi could replace him.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c/wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris/Tabraiz Shamsi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman, and Chetan Sakariya.
RCB is likely to go unchanged in this one and expected to play the same side they did against MI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Srikar Bharat (WK), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Players to watch out for
Sanju Samson (RR)
Sanju Samson is back amongst the runs and is one of the top run-scorers of the tournament and has been single-handedly carrying the burden to RR’s batting. His penchant for big-hitting is no unknown and will be no different in this all-important fixture.
Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB)
After putting up a great show against the Mumbai Indians in the last game, Yuzi Chahal will look to capitalize on batsmen’s greed for big hits, foxing them with his Wiley variations just as he did against MI.
Chetan Sakariya (RR)
Before joining Rajasthan Royals, Sakariya was a net bowler with RCB and bowled over to their main batsmen in the likes of Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers. The talented left-arm pacer from Gujarat would now consider it a challenge to take on the dangerous RCB batters in the Center.
Virat Kohli (RCB)
The RCB skipper is always there in the list and why not? Scoring back to back half-centuries in the last two fixtures and using the powerplay to good effect, the Indian skipper will be roaring to be back among runs and Maintain his team’s position on the table.
Jaydev Unadkat (RR)
Although not having such great memories against RCB where he conceded 25 runs off one over in last year’s IPL. Such memories keep playing on a bowler’s mind whenever he faces up to the same batsmen. But with the variations he’s got under his belt, he can be quite handy for RR this time around.
AB de Villiers (RCB)
Mr. 360 was the one who smashed Unadkat all over the park on his way to a 22 ball 55 and comfortably taking his team home the last time these two met. He’s expected to do the same tonight against the same opposition and will be back in form after a dry run so far in the tournament.
Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)
The young RCB opener has impressed everyone since arriving on the big stage. With his free-flowing shots and fluent timing, he’s very lethal in the powerplay along with the skipper. Also, scoring a half-century when these two met last year in the same venue.
IPL 2021: RR vs RCB Match Prediction
Despite the big four-point difference between RR and RCB, this game is tough to call. RR has stunned top teams before. However, RCB’s win in their last match should give them some much-needed confidence heading into the business end of the season.