Off to the best possible start with three wins on the trot, a confident Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to keep the juggernaut rolling when they take on Rajasthan Royals in Match 16 in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match in Mumbai on Thursday.
Both sides have endured contrasting campaigns so far.
RCB head into the game after three morale-boosting victories. The Virat Kohli-led side edged past defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener before getting the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders to jump to the top of the points table.
On the other hand, the Royals have managed to win only one of their three fixtures. They lost to Chennai Super Kings in their previous match to slip down to the sixth spot. Sanju Samson and his men will be eyeing a second win.
RCB vs RR: Head-to-head record
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals have met 23 times in the IPL.
RCB wins: 13
RR wins: 10
In IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore managed a double over Rajasthan Royals.
RCB vs RR: Predicted Playing XI for IPL2021
Virat Kohli’s men are heading to the Wankhede for the first time this season. Having played only 3 overseas players in their last match, the Bengaluru-based franchise will look to add an extra pacer to make good use of the Wankhede conditions. Kane Richardson is a good option while fit-again Daniel Sams might also be available for selection today.
On the other hand, the Royals might bring in Shreyas Gopal, the leg-spinner, considering the success he has had against the likes of AB de VIlliers and Virat Kohli.
RCB predicted XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kane Richarson.
RR predicted XI: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (captain and wicketkeeper), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
RCB vs RR, Wankhede Pitch report
If Wednesday’s evening encounter was anything to go by, expect another run-fest at the Wankhede Stadium. There will be movement for pacers in the first 6 overs but the batsman will dominate proceedings. Slower balls and variations are needed if the bowling team is going to look for damage control.
RCB vs RR, Weather Forecast
There is not going to be any rain at this time of the year in Mumbai. However, the dew might set in during the 2nd innings, making it difficult for the team bowling second.