RCB vs RR IPL 2021 Preview: High-flying RCB look to make it four in four against Rajasthan
Royal Challengers Bangalore are the only undefeated team in the competition.
Live Scores and Stats - Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals
RCB make a statement early on
It was a real statement of assertion when Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to go in with just three overseas players in their last encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders. It not only said loud and clear that the team was backing its Indian players but also underlined the fact that somebody like Shahbaz Nadeem can be more useful given the conditions than an experienced pro like Dan Christian.
At the same time, leaving out an all-rounder for an Indian batsman in Rajat Patidar also meant that the team was confident of their bowling combination, something that had been their Achilles' heel over the last few years.
Maxwell, de Villiers' form a scary sign
The biggest positive for Royal Challengers Bangalore has been that Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers are firing in the middle order. Given the calibre of the two international batsmen, even if one of the two comes good in a particular match, RCB's chances of winning increase manifold.
When Maxwell and de Villiers both scored rapid half centuries against Kolkata Knight Riders, they ended up with more than 200 runs on a surface on which 180 would have been par.
Dan Christian to be back?
RCB will be better served if they bring back Daniel Christian in place of Rajat Patidar, slotting in Shahbaz Nadeem at number 3, who has done a fine job in limited opportunities. Christian may not be required to play that much of a role but they can look at him as an insurance who can come good both with the bat and ball if needed.
Same old story for Rajasthan
Rajasthan Royals getting off to a cracking start and then tapering away is not a new sight and the franchise under new direct of cricket Kumar Sangakkara will be wary of repeating history
This time around, Rajasthan have all the ingredients to do well despite the absence of two of their marquee players in Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, both of whom are out due to injury.
Time to convert promise into performance
In Jos Butler, David Miller, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman, Rajasthan Royals have four seriously skilled overseas players, each of whom can win a match on their own.
Their Indian players Manan Vohra, skipper Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sarkariya are also very talented. The need of the hour is for everything to come together for them.
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Who will win Toss? RR
Who will win? RCB
Top Runs Scored? Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Jos Buttler (RR)
Top Wicket Taker? Kyle Jamieson (RCB), Chris Morris (RR)
Most Sixes? Dan Christian (RCB), David Miller (RR)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rajasthan Royals - Manan Vohra, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
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