IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals look to break unbeaten run of RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore to look to extend unbeaten streak Royals of Rajasthan in Mumbai. Leading with his three wins at the top of the table, RCB’s confidence will be very high while entering this game, but at the same time, Rajasthan Royals has a lot more experience in IPL 2021 to play at Wankhede Stadium.
The game is at Wankhede where the pitch is generally a batting paradise. Even 180 is not a safe target on the pitch, the dew plays a big part in the second round. Despite losing half the team on the power play, Calcutta knight horsemen almost chased 221 Wednesday, so RCB and Rajasthan will have to fight well to clinch victory on Thursday.
RCB has managed to win all three IPL 2021 games so far thanks to the combined efforts of bowlers and batterers. Great contributions from AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell have propelled the batting unit, while Harshal Patel currently wears the purple cap. Bowling to the death has been a major problem for RCB in the past, but it looks like Mohammad Siraj and Patel solve this conundrum. Patel managed to pick up the pace of the ball in death and make it difficult for the opposition beaters to line him up.
Meanwhile, RR’s issues don’t seem to go away as Liam Livingstone has also receded due to biological bubble fatigue. It comes after their other international players like Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are already unavailable due to injuries. Rajasthan are exhausted right now, but they still have some very talented players to fight RCB on Thursday. Senior players like David Miller, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Chris Morris will need to step up and deliver great performances to stop the RCB juggernaut.
Game Prediction XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
Royals of Rajasthan: Sanju Samson (C and WK), Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya
Key battle to watch
Glenn Maxwell has delivered exceptional performances for RCB this season. During this time, the young Chetan Sakariya regularly took wickets for Rajasthan. It will be interesting to see how the Stimulator shuts down the Maxwell show given the Australian is going to be a key player for RCB on Thursday. Since Maxwell has managed to do well on a delicate surface in Chennai, Rajasthan should be wary of the danger they will present under favorable batting conditions.