Rajasthan Royals will face off against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the seventeenth match of the Indian Premier League. The two teams have made opposite starts to their IPL 2021 campaign. On one hand, RCB is towards the top half of the league table in second place. On the other hand, the Royals are floating towards the bottom half as of now in the penultimate place.
The team is in desperate need of a win to justify the quality in their line-up. They will want to play a good cricket match to prove their worth. Even after the loss of Stokes and Archer, the pink army comes as a daunting side with Miller, Buttler, Samson, and Morris leading the team. However, they’ve failed to fire as a unit. Individual performances – especially from a young Sakariya – have come, but they’ve not resulted in match-changing results. In their last game versus Chennai, Rajasthan simply seemed clueless.
Winning against a team like Bangalore – which is riding in three out of three wins – will be a great boost for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan Royals squad: Sanju Samson (captain), Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav, Ben Stokes
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Three out of three, a clinical win against Kolkata last game, and Bangalore are cruising at the top of the points table. Going by the form and the fiery lineup, this might be the year that ends a trophy drought for Virat Kohli and the company. The batting order – Paddikkal, Kohli, De Villiers, Glenn Maxwell – doesn’t need any flowery words. Maxwell finally coming into the groove has been the biggest hits for RCB this season. Shabaz Ahmed and Harshal Patel have stunned by their abilities. RCB just needs to keep repeating their process and they could win the title this season.
Royal Challengers Bangalore squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Finn Allen, Pavan Deshpande, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, S. Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have faced each other 23 times in the IPL. Bangalore has won 10 matches while Rajasthan has won on 10 occasions.
Not a tough call. Royal Challengers Bangalore should sweep Rajasthan Royals by the floor and then perform their KO to settle this contest. RCB has form and consistency this season, they only need to spend some time on the Wankhede pitch to get their best out.
Date and Time:
April 22, 2021 (Thursday), 7:30 PM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai