New Delhi. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who are confident after defeating defending champions Mumbai Indians, will aim to maintain the winning streak when they play Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match. RCB, captained by Virat Kohli, are in third place with 12 points from ten matches. Their place in the playoffs will be almost confirmed by defeating Rajasthan Royals. Royals, on the other hand, have eight points from ten matches and it will be no less than do or die for them. If they lose, the road to the last four will be very difficult for them.
RCB did not have a good start in the second phase of the IPL and had to face two consecutive defeats. They lost by nine wickets after being reduced to 92 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders first. After that Chennai Super Kings defeated him. In the last match against Mumbai, however, Kohli’s team returned to the winning path. Kohli scored his second consecutive half-century and Glenn Maxwell also scored 56 runs in 37 balls. Kohli, who is going to leave the captaincy of RCB after this season, would like to maintain this momentum.
De Villiers and Jameson continue poor form
On the other hand, South Africa’s AB de Villiers could only score 0, 12, 11 runs in three matches, which is expected to be a big innings. De Villiers’ IPL salary is 11 crores annually. New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jameson has not got a single wicket in two matches. Jamieson was bought by RCB in IPL auction 2021 for Rs 15 crore but this all-rounder could take only 9 wickets in nine matches. Apart from this, Jameson has also proved to be very expensive. He has given runs at an economy rate of 9.60. On the other hand, Maxwell would like to continue this momentum before the T20 World Cup. In bowling, Harshal Patel has taken six wickets in three matches including a hat-trick in the last match. Yuzvendra Chahal has also taken five wickets.
Rajasthan Royals lost the last two matches
On the other hand, Rajasthan has lost both the previous matches after winning the first match by two runs. Barring captain Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal, all their batsmen are in poor form. Samson scored 70 and 82 after being dismissed for four in the first match but the rest of the batsmen disappointed. Samson scored 82 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday to take the team to 164 for six. However, this score was also not enough and his team lost by seven wickets. Among the bowlers, Karthik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman have performed well.
Both the teams are as follows:
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (capt), Liam Livingstone, Evin Lewis, David Miller, Chris Morris, Oshane Thomas, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabrez Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chetan Sakaria, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, KC Cariappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal , Shivam Dubey, Shreyas Gopal, Karthik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav, Mahipal Lomror.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.