RCB vs RR: Can RCB stand against RR’s early momentum?
RCB vs RR: The Big Picture
The Wankhede has been the outlier in this edition of the IPL, which has already seen a number of high-scoring games. The pacers struck in the powerplay with as many as 13 wickets at an average of 17.85, resulting in an average first-innings score of just 142 in three games. When the Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore meet at the venue on Tuesday (April 5), both teams will rely on their pacers to get them off to a good start, especially with both sides having top-heavy batting lineups.
The inability of Glenn Maxwell to play continues to be a problem for RCB’s balance. He’s not just useful in countering RR’s spin in the middle overs, but his off-spin would’ve been crucial against RR’s left-handers. In Maxwell’s absence, RCB’s senior batsmen will be tasked with facing RR’s spin duo, although neither has a track record to speak of, with the exception of Virat Kohli.
In the first two games, RR’s spin duo has been a handful. In their combined 16 overs, R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal had taken six wickets at little over a run per ball. The difference between an extra 20-30 runs for RCB depends on how they handle the spin twins.
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RCB vs RR: Match Details
Matches: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7.30 Pm
RCB vs RR: Head to head
In the 24 games, the two sides have played against one other, RCB is merely 12-10 ahead of RR, with two games ending in a draw.
RCB vs RR: Team-wise tactics
Tactics & Matchups
After the pacers were able to strike in the powerplay, RR’s new spin assault proved to be a success. Boult had the upper hand against Faf du Plessis, dismissing him three times in 43 balls for 37 runs.
Probable Playing XI
Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal,
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, and Jason Behrendorff are all unavailable.
Tactics & Matchups
Hasaranga has had a solid start to the season with five wickets, four of which have come from right-handed bowlers. He has the upper hand over Samson, having dismissed him three times in four innings, but RR’s left-handers will be crucial in overcoming Hasaranga’s googlies in the middle innings. Kohli’s ability to score against Ashwin and Chahal, against whom he has 162 runs, will also be looked to by RCB to play out the middle overs when Ashwin and Chahal are in action.
Faf du Plessis (c), Anuj Rawat, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
RCB vs RR: Trivia
Hetmyer has scored 315 runs in 20 innings in the death overs during IPL 2021, averaging 28.63 and hitting at 190.90. With a boundary percentage of 26.67, he has hit 22 fours and as many sixes.
RR has hit 58 boundaries in two games, with 25 of them being sixes – 11 more than the next-best LSG; 10.4 percent of their runs have come in sixes.