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RR vs RCB IPL 2021 Preview: 29th Sept - Rajasthan aim to break away from middle muddle against Kohli's RCB

Virat Kohli
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Rajasthan and Bangalore had contrasting returns in their last match.

LIVE SCORES - Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 43



Bangalore comfortably placed in leaderboard

While Bangalore romped home to a comprehensive victory by 54 runs against the out of form Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan lost to Hyderabad by 7 wickets in an almost one sided contest with 9 balls to spare.

In terms of their position in the points table, Bangalore are more comfortably placed than the Virat Kohli led side with 6 victories from 10 matches and have 12 points. One more win and they will most likely qualify for the playoffs.

Rajasthan caught in middle muddle

Rajasthan on the other hand are caught in the middle muddle along with Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians. All these four teams have four victories from 10 matches each and all still have a chance of finishing at the fourth spot.

There is also a slim possibility of Bangalore completely losing their way and two out of these four teams qualifying.

Both teams had to make a few changes to their playing 11 in their last match. While Rajasthan have had some injury concerns RCB have stayed true to their style of team selection.



RR welcome Morris, Unadkat and Lewis

The Sanju Samson led side brought in Chris Morris and Evin Lewis in place of David Miller and Tabraiz Shamsi. Kartik Tyagi who was their hero in the last wicket victory against Punjab Kings is out with injury. Jaydev Unadkat replaced him in the side.

All three of these players were not able to make a mark in Rajasthan's last match. While Lewis was dismissed on 6 off 4 deliveries, Unadkat and Morris conceded runs at 10 and 9 RPO respectively.



Ahmed, Christian and Jamieson in for RCB

Bangalore's changes might have seemed haphazard in the last couple of games but they possibly have settled into the right combination. The team benched Navdeep Saini, Wanindu Hasaranga and Tim David in their last match and brought in Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian and Kyle Jamieson. 

Christian is yet to deliver the kind of performances that were expected of him when RCB picked him in the auctions. That said, with these changes, the team looks like a more well-rounded unit and is expected to stick with this combination.

RCB trounced Mumbai by 54 runs in their last Knight on the back of half centuries from Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell. But, it was the four wickets including a hat-trick from Harshal Patel which sealed the deal. Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell also shared 5 wickets between them.

If Sanju Samson can find a bit more support, Rajasthan have the players to challenge Bangalore.



Predicted playing XIs



Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman



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