Both the teams are coming off a victory and will look to continue their run of good form and aim to book a place in the playoffs. RCB is 3rd in the table with 12 points, just above the mid-table scrap. RR on the other hand is right in the thick of the mid-table clash in which three teams are on 8 points.
A win for RR will take them to 10 points, the same as KKR and either one of MI or PBKS. If RCB wins the game, then they make the third spot pretty much theirs and stay clear of the other teams below them.
Match 43: Overview
When: Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Dubai International Stadium
Pitch report: A batting-friendly pitch that might assist the pacers in the latter half of the game. Spinners might be useful in the middle overs, but not much turn is expected.
Sanju Samson has been trying to lead by example, with scoring back to back 50+ scores. The RR captain is in the hunt for the orange cap and will hope his compatriots can chip in with more runs for RR. RR’s Indian quota of batsmen will be hoping they can get more help from the likes of Evin Lewis and Liam Livingstone.
Record signing, Chris Morris has also been performing poorly with the ball and has to do better. Rajasthan Royals is filled with exuberant youngsters and will look to beat RCB.
No injury update in the Royals squad.
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson©(wk), Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB had a lot of doubts roaming around their squad when they lost their first two games of Phase 2 of IPL 2021. However, they comfortably beat MI and are favorites for that third spot, and should comfortably make it in the top four. Virat Kohli will be very glad about his form, and also Maxwell’s form.
Their bowling unit, which in previous years has been not so good, looks the main plus point that could take them to the title this season. Harshal Patel is clear in the purple cap race and just registered his first-ever career hat-trick. Mo Siraj alongside Yuzi Chahal has also been in great form in phase-2 and will look to guide RCB to their first-ever IPL.
Virat Kohli©, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Srikar Bharat(wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli vs Mustafizur Rahman
Mohammed Siraj vs Sanju Samson
Glenn Maxwell vs Liam Livingstone
Head to head
Matches played: 24
RCB Wins: 11
RR Wins: 10
No result: 3
Match 43: Stats that matter
- Virat Kohli has scored two back-to-back fifties in T20 for the first time since 2019.
- Maxwell is 10 runs away from 310, which he made in his 2017 season. He is on par to beat it and make this is the second highest run-scoring season in the IPL
- AB De Villiers is the leading run-scorer vs RR.
- RCB won both the games in UAE last season, and one was in Dubai itself.
- Samson is 2nd in the orange cap leaderboard, only 21 runs behind.