IPL 2021 season sees the match number 43 being played between Rajasthan Royal and R Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Stadium.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees the match number 43 being played between Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Stadium. RR missed a chance against SRH the other day and faltered despite Sanju Samson scoring a brilliant 82. SRH chased down the 166-run target easily. RCB will be riding on confidence after beating MI comfortably.

RR are placed sixth, having collected eight points from 10 points. They have a NRR of -0.369. RCB are placed third, having amassed 12 points with a NRR of -0.359. A win for RR will keep their playoff chances alive as RCB winning will mean that they will get a step closer  towards qualification.

RR batsmen need to support Sanju Samson as he alone cannot get his side to achieve big totals. The middle-order, in particular, needs to fire. RR also need the openers to come good and set a platform orelse they will be in trouble. The bowling of RR is good as Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, and Rahul Tewatia deliver consistency.

RCB ended their seven-game winless run in the UAE since IPL 2020 to finally win against MI. The victory was backed by character and finesse. Virat Kohli has found form and Glenn Maxwell is another pivotal asset for the side. Harshal Patel needs to be praised for his credentials this season and he is riding high on confidence.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through. 

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). 

Here’s the preview

Evin Lewis needs to fire for RR at the top after enjoying a brilliant run in the CPL. Alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal, he can set RR off to a strong start. With Samson and Mahipal Lomror promising some steel, RR will aim to score enough. However, Liam Livingstone could be dropped and David Miller can be brought in. Million dollar man Chris Morris needs to fire for RR with the ball and perhaps come earlier and hit some boundaries. With the ball, Mustafizur Rahman has led by example and Sakariya has impressed.

If RCB match the performance they put up against MI, it will be difficult for RR ro stop them. A lot depends on Kohli and Dedvdutt Padikkal at the top as Maxwell holds the key in the middle. With ABD in poor form, Maxi needs to fire and be the aggressive option. RCB are expected to go in with the same XI that faced RR so we will see Kyle Jamieson and Dan Christian in the side. Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal are the top performers with the ball.

Probable playing XIs: RR vs RCB

RR probable playing XI:

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c&wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman

RCB probable playing XI:

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

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell

All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Mustafizur Rahman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chetan Sakariya

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Glenn Maxwell

All-rounders: Rahul Tewatia, Dan Christian

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Mustafizur Rahman, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kyle Jamieson

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Samson and Kohli fit both the teams. Both skippers are of utmost value for their sides. One will need both these top scorers for their sides to come out firing. They are the prime hopes.

Tewatia is the all-rounder that can be picked. His spin and handy batting credentials can be pivotal.

In the bowling department, Mustafizur is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for RR. Harshal is the ideal bet and is a dangerous entity for RR.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Sanju Samson: RR skipper Samson is the ideal choice as skipper. He is the highest run-scorer this season and can go on a roll once set. Samson carries this RR side and is the best option. He is an ideal keeper and can affect dismissals.

V Kohli: Being in good form of late, Virat Kohli holds the key for RCB. He can set the stage on fire in the PP overs and be crucial in the middle overs as well. An excellent fielder, Kohli can be of huge substance.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Harshal is a sound option. The Indian pacer is bowling consistently to be amongst the wickets.The Purple Cap holder is RCB’s bet with the ball and can be massive in terms of providing timely wickets. Fizz can be the other answer in relation to vice-captaincy. His impetus will be crucial for RR.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch in Dubai is expected to be two paced. Anything around the 160 mark will be challenging. Spinners will have a role as the match progresses as batsmen need to apply themselves well. The weather is expected to be hot and humid which can test the players immensely.

What happened in the previous meeting between the two?

RCB won the previous encounter this season by 10 wickets.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 24 occasions. The tally sees RR winning 11 and RCB 10 with three games having no-result.

Match prediction

We feel RCB will come out on top here. RR are too dependent on Samson with the bat and that’s a worry.

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